Given that we’re preparing for yet another #polarvortex, some Canadians may find the content of this piece a tad unfair, if not patronizing. However, as an inspired Henry Rollins once said, “In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.”
As we collectively yearn for springtime — and being able to actually move again — plot and plan away to shed that sodden old sack you call outerwear for a stylish new jacket. Glimpse into the crystal ball that is our curated list of suggestions below for a reflection of your not-too-distant future drip.
Levi’s Harvest Gold Rinse Engineers Coat
Based on the classic chore coat design, this engineer’s coat from Levi’s has all the right fixings; from patch pockets on the chest and hips, to the shiny gold metal buttons, constructed from that oh-so durable thick cotton, it really is the perfect chore coat. Even the unmistakable little red Levi’s tag sticking out of the left breast pocket works, adding that little bit of colour to this iconic workwear staple that will only get better with age (and a few artfully placed, totally accidental motor oil spills).
Prada Navy Gabardine Convertible Jacket
One brief glance from Mr. Mac over to the bench and I already had the calves zipped off my most-tactical track pants quicker than he could say, “Darren, sub-off mate, you’re blowing.” One touch – bang – goal. Clinical. My only mistake? The knee slide celly. You could tell by the panicked widening of my eyes the millisecond those zips dug into the bottoms of my knees as I slid across the hardwood gym floor. Since then, I’ve been very cautious about zip-placement in my clothing. Around the arm holes like this gabardine convertible jacket from Prada? Gosh darned smart – just as long as you aren’t planning a Klinsmann anytime soon. But then again, why would you ever want to emulate a celebration by a Spurs player?
Louis Vuitton Quilted Patch Blouson With Packable Hood
Celebrate First Man’s Oscar win (for Best Visual Effects) with this Astro-themed jacket from LV. Not every day you can channel Ryan Gosling and Neil Armstrong.
Dior Stretch Cotton Denim Jacket, Shearling Collar
Remember this time last year when absolutely everyone was just itching to break out their shearling-lined denim jackets again? Well, that trend has actually stood the test of time. But how do you stand out from the crowd this spring? Go monochromatic, like this all-black denim from Dior does. The secret, though, is all in the stretch. You’ll look slicker and be 10x more comfortable than the guy next to you.
Price upon request, dior.com
Armani Virgin Wool Gauze Bomber Jacket
Speaking of trends that have stuck around, the teddy bear jacket looks like it’s not going anywhere either – and why would it? They’re cozy as, well, teddy bears. Smarten yours up with a more sophisticated material and flattering fit via this virgin wool gauze bomber version by Emporio Armani and you won’t have to choose between form or feel ever again.
Tiger of Sweden Reversible Blue Odiello Bomber Jacket
If choices really aren’t your strong suit, then make this reversible bomber by Tiger of Sweden your strong suit instead. Been listening to some Miles Davis and feeling Kind of Blue? Rock that side. More on a Wolf of Wall Street wave? Flip this sucker inside out and own the pinstripes like you do the stock market.
Sand Copenhagen 7320 Camel Alexander Jacket
We may have just found it – the perfect suede jacket. The simplistic, understated modern fit tapers in at the waist and arms making this number by SAND Copenhagen a contender for Jacket of the List. Just look to one Jerry Seinfeld for a first-hand testament on the joys of owning a great suede jacket. “Inside this jacket, I am composed, grounded, secure that I can meet any social challenge” – Season 2, Episode 3. Channel your inner (fusilli) Jerry, buy this jacket. Just don’t wear it out in the rain, even if there is no pink lining.
Uniqlo Men U Pocketable Track Top
On the market for something a little lighter? Uniqlo has you covered (as per). Their updated take on the classic windbreaker is less Carlton Banks, more Will Smith, and will have you looking like a Fresh Prince come spring time. It’s the little details that separate simple rain jackets like these. The raglan shoulders and extra-large flap pockets make this piece stand out, not to mention the unique colour. Deep beet? Red currant? Ripe radicchio? Whatever you want to call it, we’re salivating.
Michael Kors Houndstooth Car Coat
Yes, while technically as it extends beyond the hips, this is a ‘coat’ and not a jacket per se, it’s undeniably a great transitional piece to help guide you into warmer weather. Camel colouring and houndstooth print both featured prominently during the menswear circuit earlier this year, particularly at Pitti, but those aren’t trends that are going to die anytime soon. Throw in details like the belted waist and button-tab cuffs and this classic car coat by Michael Kors will have you looking timelessly stylish.
Burberry Cashmere And Wool-Blend Bomber Jacket
We’re suckers for pretty much anything cashmere, but there’s more to this bomber by Burberry than the soft, supple material. The extended rib-knitted collar is a really unique detail on this monochromatic staple, great for the ultimate ’80s-inspired collar pop for windy weather. When tides turn for the milder as we get closer to summer, though, Burberry’s made it removable for a lighter, airier neckline. Pair this with just about anything for a winning spring fit.