Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Men's Winter Jacket Selections

Hey man!

Yeah you! Unzip your overdone Columbia fleece and take out your pen and pad. 


These are your new winter coat options. Period.

The Leather Jacket

They've been around for years and aren't going anywhere. So buy a nice one that's simple and fits well but doesn't pull when you zip it up. A couple different styles of leathers to be aware of. Your fitted leather jacket is shown on the left. A nice option for the trendier gentleman. The motorcycle jacket is nice but is way overdone and WAY over-worn. Simplicity and longevity is what we're going for here, folks. So don't buy a jacket that makes you look like Ezio from Assassains Creed II. No straps, no accessory zippers, no patches or spikes. Time and place my friends, time and place.

The best place to find great leather jackets that have a nice worn-in look will be at thrift stores. You'll also be able to afford real leather. 


If you like fur on the collar, get one with fur on the collar. I've got no qualms about that. 

Just make sure this jacket fits and will continue to fit. My leather jacket was my father's, not ironically, and it fits to perfection. 

It's okay for these jackets to ride a little higher on your waist. They're made that way.

Lastly, under $200 is right on target for a middle of the road, new real leather jacket.

Cool? Cool.






The Peacoat



Traits:

  • Long cut
  • Any color but stick to neutrals and blues
  • Wide, open lapels
  • 2 or 3 buttons
  • Single or Double breasted


By far the most versatile and useful jacket. These you'll want to keep super clean, as they DON'T get better with age like your leather jackets. Pick a brown, dark blue, black or beige one in your process. Anything other than that should be left up to the runway guys. Peacoat's look incredible with suits, button downs, sweaters, or just plain old t-shirts. It can be dressed up or down. You choose.

If you're on the market for any jacket. Get a peacoat. 'Nuff said.

J. Crew Peacoat
Brook Brother's Peacoat
ASOS Peacoat

The Army/Military Jacket




Traits:

  • Large Pockets
  • Neutral/Green colors
  • Longer cut
Resurfacing from the 80's and, well, actual military uniforms the "Army" jacket is a great way to dress down a sweater and tie. Also, a plain t-shirt would work well. You should never spend a lot of money on these jackets. They should be relatively thin and provide minimal warmth. Thrift stores and eBay are great places to start your hunt.

Please, stay away from actual military camo designs and for God's sake, don't buy this in that generic camo. You all know what I'm talking about. It just ain't cool.



J. Crew Field Mechanic Jacket
Barbour 'Sapped' Waterproof Waxed Jacket
Billfold Arctic Parka
Scotch Worked Out Army Jacket

The Bomber

Traits:
  • Tighter fit
  • Rounded low cut collar
  • Cuff and collar color different from jacket color
An awesome way to layer. The bomber started out as an Air Force staple but has moved away from the original fabric and look. Wool bomber's are not terribly cheap but you should be able to find one under $150 most definitely. 

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