Why big boss mafia coats are big trend in 2019
"It's strictly business" muttered Al Pacino in The Godfather.
Of course, he was referring to the slaughtering of his enemies and other mafia-related japes. But if he were around today he could have been talking about the growing popularity of the Sicilian battle armour of the big overcoat, where business is currently booming.
Immortalised by Coppola's classic and the suspiciously twitchy cast of Goodfellas, wise guy outer layers are bigger than ever this year. A slew of Very Famous Men have gone full caporegime in a range of colours: Mark Strong opted for some richly woollen blues, Victor Cruz kept it neutral while Hugh Jackman went cosy. As far as we're aware, none of these men have ever moonlighted as a loan shark, meaning it's a trend open to the rest of us too.
n a nutshell: you go oversized, letting a boxy fit add bulk to your silhouette. But the important part to remember is your sleeves, which should fit in the convention sense of breaking at your wrists. Nobody is going to believe you're capable of whacking somebody if you've got the puddling arms of a Year 11 school photo after all.
To finish the look, pair your mob boss coat with the archetypal mob boss uniform: all-black tailoring. Recently championed by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Christian Bale, it's as sharp as it is vaguely menacing. Otherwise, throw over your normal weekend civvies to avoid getting pinched.