When a jacket carries the endorsement of WWII pilots, James Dean and Clint Eastwood, there’s no denying its timeless, masculine appeal. For that reason, and more, shearling jackets made our list of the top trends to watch for autumn/winter 2015.
However, to achieve a more contemporary take on this look, steer clear of your dad’s hand-me-downs and charity shop finds and invest in one of our current market picks.
1. ASOS Faux Suede Harrington With Faux Suede Shearling
The best way to tap this trend on a budget is to choose a jacket that uses faux shearling, such as this Harrington from ASOS.
While it might not offer the same warmth as the real deal, with some great styles on the high street it’s often hard to tell the difference without examining closely.
Available at ASOS, priced £70.
2. Penfield Rockwool Down Jacket
If warmth is not optional – when camping in the depths of the forest or going for a quiet lodge getaway, for example – a down-stuffed jacket will prove a practical investment.
Constructed with a Teflon coated 60/40 cotton nylon shell, this water and windproof resistant jacket from American outerwear specialist Penfield incorporates a real shearling collar for a subtle on-trend boost.
Available at END Clothing, priced £265.
3. Zara Quilted Overshirt
We’ve already hailed the merits of an overshirt, and Zara’s quilted style with removable fleece collar provides a slightly lighter, but no less effective, jacket for the colder season.
The faux leather detailing, standout silver components and large front pockets makes this ideal to throw on for weekend lunches or after-work events.
Available at Zara, priced £49.99.
4. Reiss 1971 Vice Faux Fur Collar Jacket
Taken from Reiss’ youth-focused 1971 collection, this mottled navy jacket with contrast-collar fuses the British retailer’s sleek design approach with the trend of the moment.
The design has been kept minimal – with a button adjustable hem and hidden slash pockets – allowing it to be dressed up or down on demand.
Available at Reiss, priced £265.
5. AllSaints Bedford Shearling Jacket
AllSaint’s aviator-inspired Bedford jacket sits at the investment end of our rundown.
Crafted from British merino sheepskin with a genuine shearling collar to match, this tan jacket’s premium feel and contemporary cut ensures it will remain relevant for many seasons to come.
Available at AllSaints, priced £798.
6. Stone Island Shearling-Trimmed Coated Cotton-Muslin Bomber Jacket
Form and function meet with this flight-style bomber from Stone Island, which is made from the label’s lightweight wind and water resistant ‘Mussola Gommata’ fabric.
A removable soft shearling collar means the jacket can be adapted for varying occasions, while the signature arm badge keeps it unmistakably Stone Island.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £595.
7. Private White V.C. Shearling Collar Pea Coat
Named after a WWI military hero, Manchester-based brand Private White V.C. continues to turn out high grade outerwear right here in the UK.
History aside, the label keeps its heritage-inspired pieces as relevant as ever, such as this navy wool pea coat, which comes complete with a dark soft-touch shearling collar and lapels for a suave take on the trend.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £695.
8. Levi’s Shearling Collar Denim Jacket
It’s always going to be denim with American label Levi’s. This simple reworked classic is the perfect off-duty throw on, fully lined and finished with a soft shearling collar.
The dark denim shade will sit perfectly with other rich autumnal tones, plus everyone knows that famous red tab goes with just about anything.
Available at Selfridges, priced £95.
9. Maison Kitsuné Faux Shearling and Corduroy Jacket
Maison Kitsuné has managed to work an extra layer of texture into this trend by pairing shearling with corduroy.
Alongside the statement design comes great functionality, bolstered by a full faux fur lining and collar, adjustable side tabs and strong button fastenings.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £250.
10. Ami Shearling Collar Teddy Jacket
Ami’s Teddy jacket style takes the shape of something you’d find on a running track and smartens it up with dark shearling.
Mix that with a light wool shell, elasticated hems and strong silver hardware and the result is the perfect blend of high-end luxury and street style.
Available at END Clothing, priced £535.