Reassuringly rock ‘n’ roll and tastefully trendy in equal parts, there are few spring outerwear options as stylish – or strokable – as the suede jacket. The retro classic was reborn this season, thanks to a revival spearheaded by menswear heavyweights Saint Laurent and Margiela. Which makes throwing one on the simplest nod to the 1970s trend, without any need for kick flares or navel-baring shirts.
Think of suede as the softer, more tactile alternative to a leather jacket, or the hardier substitute for denim. It’s tough, sure, but has versatility at its supple core, and looks as much the business over pared-back, minimal tailoring as it does in a full-on, psych-rock look.
Some naysayers argue suede is impractical, since it guzzles water like it’s just stumbled across an oasis. But once equipped with a decent weather app it’s ideal for dry spring days, offering warmth, comfort and breathability, plus contrast with other transitional textures – think light cotton cable knits, breezy chambray shirts and so on.
If you are bothered about being caught out in the rain, a liberal dose of protector before you step outside – and some stale toast crusts on your desk, to rub out any stains – should lighten your step, if not the weather.
10 Of The Best Suede Jackets For Men
Hackett Suede Bomber Jacket
Suede’s richness offers an instant upgrade to even the most popular shapes. So while you’re best not wearing this bomber at the aerodrome, it will stand out from the masses everywhere else.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £675.
Black Dust Suede Lightweight Unlined Jacket
Selecting a suede in an earthy hue such as this means your goes-with-anything fabric is combined with a goes-with-anything shade.
So you can wear yours against everything from all-black sportswear to a crisp white shirt and tie.
Available at ASOS, priced £125.
Reiss Sebastian Suede Jacket
Suede is the underside of the animal’s hide. Which makes it super-soft, but tricky to manufacture. Hence the the price tags.
With that in mind, shun anything too trendy for classic pieces, like Reiss’ slim-fit, zip-up jacket – which will work with your entire wardrobe for at least the next decade.
Available at Reiss, priced £350.
Topman LTD Brown Suede Trucker Jacket
This brown suede trucker is cut slim and features a simple button up fastening, which helps produce a fuss-free silhouette. Light in weight, heavy in style, this jacket is laid-back luxury at its finest.
Available at Topman, priced £150.
ASOS Khaki Suede Bomber Jacket
ASOS refreshes the much-loved bomber silhouette with heavyweight suede – great news for fans of military-inspired outerwear. (Everyone then.)
It comes with all the features you’d expect – ribbed collar, quilted lining, pockets for all your maps/phoner chargers – but in a fabric that makes the nylon iteration seem like, well, nylon.
Available at ASOS, priced £110.
AllSaints Kemble Suede Jacket
Yes, this jacket comes in buttery-soft suede. Yes, it boasts minimalist detailing and the kind of hug-the-body fit one rarely gets from an off-the-rack item.
But most importantly, it’s powder blue – a key hue this season and one that we cannot get enough of. Wear yours over mink (the colour, not the fur), grey, navy or pink for a pared-back, Scandinavian-inspired look. Then enjoy the compliments.
Available at All Saints, priced £328.
Whistles Navy Suede Jacket
Whistles’ suede jacket takes frontier ruggedness and makes it a touch more urbane. It’s crafted from soft suede and lined in cotton for a comfortable fit, then dyed in a rich navy blue you can wear anywhere.
However, it’s the silver zip and buttons that take the wildness out of its Western trappings. So your Chelsea boots are as appropriate as cowboys boots.
Available at Harvey Nichols, priced £275.
A.P.C. + Louis W. Ferris Suede Bomber Jacket
Though A.P.C.’s Louis W Ferris capsule is apparently inspired by Brideshead Revisited, we don’t recall seeing Charles Ryder and his gang rocking anything with this much swag. But we do know that the range’s earthy palette is hugely wearable.
Throw yours on with a collared shirt, slim-fit wool trousers and a massive sense of entitlement, to nod to the public school vibe.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £815.
The Idle Man Suede Western Trucker Tan
There’s a timelessness about the trucker jacket, thanks to its pocket-laden functionality and classic cut. This suede number from The Idle Man’s eponymous label looks sharp dressed up with slim-fitting chinos, hardwearing denim and a light chambray shirt.
Available at The Idle Man, priced £100.
Jigsaw Suede Trucker Jacket
Jigsaw’s spin on the suede jacket has a tailored fit, button fastening and a classic lapel collar – all of which make this design a smart option for aspiring sharp spring dressers.
For a streamlined silhouette, wear yours with slim jeans or grey tailored trousers.
Available at John Lewis, priced £298.