Submarine, the directorial debut of Richard Ayoade has currently got tongues wagging for numerous brilliant reasons, none less pertinent perhaps than protagonist, Oliver Tate’s duffel coat.
Following the abundance of accolades and (and might we say, highly deserved) admiration for the British coming-of-age tale, it’s been pretty easy to get swept away and miss some of the films more style centred features. The main of course being, the eye-catching black duffel coat worn by Craig Roberts as the precocious Oliver Tate. An image that’s seemingly destined to become as iconic as the Kestral on Casper’s outstretched arm in Kes.
Considering the films runaway success, I don’t think it would be naive to suggest that we will be facing an outbreak of duffle coats in the upcoming months in all their rope-fastened glory. A style choice that we may live to regret very quickly if we are to get the blazing summer that we have long desired. Sweating to death in a heavy and inspired duffel cocoon will probably get old incredibly fast if the sun does come out to play.
Luckily a seasonal alternative for the trend is attainable with a simple switch to better suited fabrics. The YMC Gloverall Jacket is made from a lightweight waxed cotton that leaves you room to breathe whilst still protecting from the inevitable British downpour. The jacket also looses the schoolboy hood of the usual duffel for a more grown-up and defined shawl style collar. Additional detailing comes in the form of two side pockets and the traditional rope fasteners. Oliver Tate’s way with words and penchant for awkwardness is of course optional however.
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