Why, when autumn arrives, do coats get all the attention? Sure, something that’s probably going to set you back a few hundred quid deserves due care and attention, but as key as an overcoat is, isn’t a jacket more integral?
From high street windows to online buying guides, the winter coat invariably takes centre stage as the cold slowly starts to kick back in, but think about it: you can’t layer an overcoat. You can’t make an overcoat work as seamlessly with a tracksuit as an actual suit. And unless you Uber literally everywhere, a coat’s cumbersome going between bars, clubs and the daily commute.
So it’s time jackets – those versatile layering essentials – had their time in the spotlight. These are 10 of the new season’s best, from statement pieces to all-occasion staples.
Hugo Boss Cuinn Shell Jacket
The trouble with most technical jackets is their lack of tailoring. Sure, they’re durable, but more often than not they’re also downright unflattering – tending to either a) drown your frame in fabric, or b) make you look like a mountaineer.
But this style from Hugo Boss is different. Cut slim, and enhanced with moto-inspired quilting at the shoulders, it’s a precise balance of form and function only a German brand could deliver.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £300.
Urban Renewal Vintage Customised Raw Hem Sand BDU Jacket
Camo’s not dead, just different. Retire the US woodland variant for something less worn-out – like this distressed BDU jacket from Urban Outfitters; as good with a tee and jeans as it is under a coat once the cold sets in.
Available at Urban Outfitters, priced £40.
Parajumpers Black Giuly Light Down Jacket
Want something warm, but that won’t weigh you down? Try this slim-cut, down-filled jacket from Parajumpers, the premium Italian label known for its technical prowess.
Filled with a combination of down and feathers, it’ll keep you toasty from now through February.
Available at Menlook, priced £255.
Having finished hipsterising the lumberjack, menswear’s moving from the woods to water for its next great muse: the fisherman.
Show you’re across the trend, but not wholesale appropriating, by wearing this light-as-air rain jacket with a button-down shirt and raw denim.
Available at Rains, priced €80.51.
Mango Nylon Reversible Jacket
Want two jackets in one? Of course you do. Not only does Mango’s water-repellent nylon jacket offer you two different colours to choose from, it offers you olive green and slate grey – two hues right on trend for the coming season.
Available at Mango, priced £69.99.
Zara Quilted Jacket
Feel like riffing on menswear’s current 1970s feel? Want to do it without looking like your life is one long fancy-dress party? Then pick up this jacket from Zara.
Somewhere between a track top and a bomber jacket, its colour nods to disco’s heyday without veering into costume.
Available at Zara, priced £49.99.
ASOS Bomber Jacket With Space Odyssey Embroidery
A sci-fi spin on the traditional souvenir jacket, this punchy bomber will take your new-season wardrobe next-level.
Team with a tee and jeans for the early days of autumn or wear it zipped up under an overcoat for an unbeatable up-down remix.
Available at ASOS, priced £55.
Armani Jeans Reversible Geometric-Print Shell Jacket
Had your fill of floral prints? Swap petals for this jacket’s powerful geometric print – the perfect counterpoint to any athleisure ensemble.
Oh, and it’s another two-in-one. (Don’t say we don’t treat you right.)
Available at Selfridges, priced £240.
Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket
Few lightweight jackets have this staying power. Launched in 1937, the Baracuta G9 Harrington jacket retains its iconic status today, buoyed by the likes of unfathomably stylish men like Steve McQueen.
Channel his take by teaming your G9 with a mid-gauge knit and chinos.
Available at Baracuta, priced £280.
MKI Unlined Coach Jacket
Heard of the coach jacket? If not, school yourself. Then pick up this style from Leeds brand MKI – its unlined nylon construction means it works as a top layer in summer, and can still be put to work under a heavy jacket later in the year.
Available at END Clothing, priced £45.