If you live somewhere that has even the mildest of winters, and you work a corporate job (or you simply like to dress like you have one), then you probably own or are aware of the Bankers Coat. It's certainly not a new silhouette, coined perhaps in jest by the popular attire of bankers in New York during the late 80s and 90s. It's adorned the shoulders as a uniform of some of our favourite bohemian women – from Fran Lebowitz to Patti Smith to Pina Bausch to name just a few – but it has, in recent years, once again become a part of the mainstream corporate fashion vernacular.
By this point in time, you may be wondering – so what exactly is this Bankers Coat? When it comes to the formalities that differentiate a Bankers Coat from a regular one, there are no specifics. Designating itself down to more of a feeling in its shape and form, the Bankers Coat feels equally as masculine as it does a classic, in all its broad-shouldered, wide-lapelled streamlined glory. Its charm being that its silhouette is never cinched, darted or tapered, its most distinguishable feature is that it falls from shoulder to hem, stiff and straight as a cigarette.
In celebration of the icy winter days ahead, we've rounded up some of our favourite Bankers Coats currently in our wardrobes or stapled to our mood boards. Check them out below.
Feature Image: Fran Lebowitz by Michael Avedon for New York Magazine and The Row