Rejoice: Jacket Season Is Upon Us Once More
Summer is good. But autumn? Autumn is much better. For as the sunburn dies down and people actually start getting dressed again, the options in your wardrobe are arguably far sharper. Fewer grass-stained shorts, more sharp autumnal jackets.
Lots of them, actually, as transitional season opens a big stylish, lovely-looking window. Said item is a fail-safe upgrade, too—one sound autumn jacket can promote a normal outfit to the memorable top shelf. And, best of all, the variables on offer are in abundance: texture, color, shape, material, mix and match until the perfect battle armor is yours.
Deciding on one, however, is the tricky bit. Which is why we've gone to the liberty of collating the very finest below.
Your friendly overcoat: not just for wizened city workers and the endangered streaker. Look to A.P.C., and there's a modern, cleaner update that'll serve denim far better than your celebratory suits for the upcoming merger.
City Mac Beige, £389, endclothing.com
2| Mr P.
A shacket, an overshirt, layering mana from heaven: whatever you choose to call it, get yourself this specific piece from Mr P. With just enough color that doesn't go overboard, and a windowpane print for added depth, it hits the Goldilocks formula for in-between weather.
Checked Wool Overshirt, £155, mrporter.com
We, as ever-evolving erudite beings, have progressed beyond millennial pink. We have blush. Carnation. Amaranth. Even salmon, which has been used to full effect in Reiss' classic worker jacket.
Casual Worker Jacket, £175, reiss.com
Continuing a collaboration with sibling artist duo, Phil and Nick Goss, Folk's autumnal offering is an equally strong masterstroke. Expect lightweight Japanese cotton (good for layering), a slightly boxed fit (good for trending), and a painted print depicting the fateful love of Orpheus and Eurydice (good for pretending you did Classics at Oxford).
Gabe Jacket, £215, endclothing.com
British pride is in short supply. Terminally so. Which means you relocate to Paris, start a 20-a-day habit and do so wearing this: a clean, well-crafted Sandro aviator jacket darker than the novel you're writing in a La République apartment.
Aviator Jacket, £515, sandro-paris.com
6| JW Anderson
Patchwork is a bit Kansas, they said, a bit grandmother's Hobbycraft project. And they were wrong, as JW Anderson proves otherwise with a cool, statement jacket melded by an overarching palette.
Gingham Denim Jacket, £589, endclothing.com
7| Universal Works
Taking its cue from an ascendant kimono jacket trend, Universal Works has debuted the 'cabin' alternative. That means something close to your worker jacket, but one step removed by doing away with the collar.
Olive Cabin Jacket, £125, endclothing.com
8| Polo Ralph Lauren
With an archive bigger than most London flats, Ralph Lauren has much to revive. And the famed designer did so with aplomb, lifting old school athletico Americana onto a foolproof windbreaker shape.
Bayport Graphic Windbreaker, £259, ralphlauren.co.uk
Tough enough for bruised and battered skaters, tough enough for you. Yes, Vans' ripstop chore jacket is designed to withstand even the most spectacular of fails, and better yet, works off-halfpipe, too.
Ripstop Chore Jacket, £85, vans.co.uk
Sportswear isn't going anywhere. It's just getting brighter. And, as the weather does the opposite, 80s-inspired shell suitery from Nike is an easy way to wear color as your summer memories go black-and-white.
Colour-Block Shell Jacket, £90, mrporter.com
11| Hugo Boss
Wool and cashmere: good protection for the winter months. Though should you pair with a lightweight T-shirt and loose slacks, there's no reason why Hugo Boss' camel essential can't enjoy an early release.
Wool & Cashmere Blend Coat, £400, mrporter.com
12| Nudie Jeans
Cream is worth the risk. Despite all the pitfalls posed by the next meal/drink/anything, it's a clean way to upgrade a look that's been heavily endorsed by Helmut Lang, Acne and Tom Ford. Your next alternative? Nudie Jeans' classic trucker jacket.
Ronny Trucker Jacket, £145, mrporter.com
AMI's tailoring is designed to go beyond a fully besuited context. This black houndstooth jacket (oversized, because trends) is an easy way to upgrade monochrome, and will do exactly the same for other tailored pieces.
Houndstooth Virgin Wool Blazer, £910, mrporter.com
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.