When I first received this coat via shipping, I thought it was a bit conspicuous for my taste and was afraid that I made the wrong choice. Then, I decided to wear it underneath clothes whose colors complement the fabric and tones of the coat. The trick is to wear underneath it something nice but less conspicuous than the coat. The results were such that the coat beautifully framed my personhood, like what a majestic gold frame does for a simple but remarkable painting. The coat is timeless but appears quite historical. On its chocolate leather side, it clearly manifests soft Italian craftsmanship, but has a Central Steppe look, or even bears the appearance of a Russian shuba winter coat, or fur coats in which eighteenth-century Ottoman scholars cladded themselves —a rather old Eurasian semblance indeed. On the shearling side, it has an American frontier look (I haven’t worn this side of the coat just yet). And yet, the cut makes it part of the modern shearling coat family. This will be my second purchase of a Todd Snyder coat; both have been more than gratifying. This one however takes the cake.