Menswear Edit 2017: Autumn Jackets
With summer seemingly coming to a drenched end, it’s about time we talked about changing up your wardrobe in preparation for the plummeting weather conditions. Though we could give you a long list of ‘must-have’ essentials, we all know that a few jumpers and maybe some more durable footwear will help no end. But really, we think the most important thing to get right this season is your jacket.
With the breezes and downpours just around the corner, getting a jacket sorted for the autumn is essential. Not only will it give you protection from the wind and rain, when it comes to style, outerwear is the most prominent piece of clothing you’ll wear all season. So here’s a versatile list of jackets perfect for the autumn.
Texture Blazer by ASOS (£70)
If you’re a raging socialite, you’ll know just how tough it can be to cover up when in the cooler seasons. Which is why we think a textured blazer is essential in autumn. Preferably in practical materials like flannel, tweed or wool-blends, a blazer can smarten up virtually any outfit and is the best way to keep warm without having to bring out your puffer.
We like this Super Skinny Texture Blazer in Charcoal by ASOS, for example. Perfect for suave Joes who like their cocktails bars, this blazer comes in a woven textured fabric and features a lined inner with internal pocket and notch lapels. Warm and sophisticated.
Made in England Harrington by Fred Perry (£185)
The Harrington has been a staple in our wardrobes ever since our teens. While it’s not for the more discerning of Joes, we think it’s perfect for casual days out in the autumn/winter sun. Not only that, it can be paired with virtually anything. Whether partnered with a plain tee or a crisp shirt, the Harrington has earned the cult status it has today.
If you’re looking for a Harrington, you can’t really look any further than Fred Perry. Part of their Reissues collection, we love this Made in England Harrington which comes complete with the classic red Stewart Tartan lining, taken from the 60s original.
Cotton-Blend Showerproof Mac by Paul Smith (£275)
Lightweight macs and rain coats have been on trend since the start of 2015, and we can’t see any reason they’ll be going away any time soon. Perfect for pretty much any weather, a trench coat/mac is casually enough for days up the pub but also packs enough class for it to suit a day at the office.
Though trench coats and macs usually come in neutral colour palettes, we absolutely love this Showerproof Mac by Paul Smith. Constructed from a dry-handle cotton-blend twill with showerproof properties, this unlined mac is an ideal transitional piece. Featuring contrasting petrol and navy internal piping for a subtle flash of colour, this mac comes complete with corozo buttons throughout.
Greylock by Penfield (£230)
But for those inevitable days when you have to step outside during a deluged, you’re going to need something packed with durability and performance. It needs to be waterproof, of course, but while temperatures won’t be the highest, it still needs to be breathable enough you’re not wearing a sweatbox.
If you’re after technical outerwear that doesn’t compromise on style, look no further than Penfield. New to the range for AW17, the Greylock is a fully waterproof and breathable nylon jacket which features a laminated membrane. Other features include a snap closure storm flap with heavy duty centre front 2-way zip and a fully adjustable hood with rubberised toggles and shock cord.
Berkeley Shell Jacket by The North Face (£160)
We can all keep our fingers crossed for no rain but realistically you’re going to need to get yourself an out and out waterproof for autumn/winter. There are tons of options out there and you don’t even need spend that much to find something practical and stylish.
When it comes to waterproofs, however, we stick to what we know. And we know The North Face will have us covered. The Berkeley Insulated Shell Jacket, for example, comes with lightweight Heatseeker insulation and delivers unbeatable warmth without adding weight or bulk. The breathable DryVent waterproof technology also shrugs off the elements and there’s zip hand pockets for safekeeping your phone, keys and other essentials when the rains won’t stop.