When our Ultimate Coat Guide debuted yesterday, the first coat that caught our eye was the Penfield parka above.

Founded in Hudson, Massachusetts in 1975, Penfield takes pride in designing garments fit for New England winters. This jacket’s Teflon® coating and real down fill have the ‘winter’ part covered—while Ivy League details like genuine wood-and-rope toggles and a hood lined with tartan plaid (must be somebody’s school colors) reflect the brand’s preppy roots.

If you’re looking for an insulated coat with a touch of class, this is it. Channel Holden Caulfield and wear it over a blazer and repp tie. (Trapper hat optional.)


Check out the rest of our Menswear team’s favorite coats,
from a waxed-cotton Barbour to mountain-ready gear by Canada Goose:



“I like what Penfield has done with this field jacket because it’s not too heavy, it’s not belted, but it still has an authentic look to it. The silhouette is a little bit shorter and the styling is a little bit younger and cooler. It’s waxed-cotton canvas, so it’s not only rainproof and windproof but also thorn-proof, which makes it great for riding a motorcycle or walking down the street in the inclement elements.

The snap buttons are burnished a bit so they aren’t too bright, and it’s got that nice standup collar. The jacket has some real masculine styling to it, both as a weekend staple and as a sportcoat replacement, with a shirt and tie under it. And the price is right.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on

For the second edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 16 Fall essentials from the August issue. Check back every month for more.