Men’s fashion has been all about the outerwear in recent times. Here’s our pick of the pieces you need…
Because we all need a winter coat that actually keeps us warm . . . and looks stylish while doing so. This naval piece — defined by its heavy wool, broad lapels, large buttons, and sophisticated double-breasted silhouette — typically comes in navy but a light grey makes you stand out from the crowd and appear a little less nautical.
As dress codes become less stuffy, blazers and sports coats become a more important item in your wardrobe for the occasion that’s not quite formal enough for a suit, but not quite casual enough to forgo a jacket altogether. There’s no shortage of textures — corduroy, tweed, herringbone — or colours (lighter-than-navy shade of blue strikes a nice balance between casual and formal) to choose from, or ways to dress it up or down.
The bomber jacket — originally worn by air force pilots — and the M-65 field jacket — belonging to Vietnam troops — have both blossomed from their military origins into two menswear essentials in 2017, a streetwear staple in the traditional, grungy olive green or a stack of dressier colours. The more streamlined spin on these military classics works with most body types and is also versatile to the seasons.
This is a piece that sits in your wardrobe for decades and gets better with age — so invest in a quality piece to start with, maybe even a vintage number that’s already been broken in. The timelessly masculine leather jacket comes in a variety of neutral colours — from camel to oxblood and Fonzie-esque black — but you always want it trim cut, unpadded, and with supple leather so it’s not too bulky.
Another military-inspired piece that’s enjoying a contemporary revival. Thomas Burberry — yes, as in the founder of Burberry — invented the tightly woven weatherproof fabric the trench is made out of for use by the British Army, and its generous 19th Century proportions have since been slimmed down to an elegant double-breasted silhouette that can be worn to protect your suit from the elements, or layered with casual wear — the tan colour pairs nicely with navy denim.