Best Men’s Jackets of All Time

Written by Kimberley | 20/07/2017

jackets Whether your style is formal and preppy or casual and modern, the right jacket can really add something special to an outfit, so its important you choose one that fits the bill.

Here’s your guide to the most iconic men’s jackets of all time, all available from Mainline.

The Mac

The Mackintosh is a design classic and the benchmark of sartorial city style. Whether worn over a suit or paired with a Fred Perry polo shirt in true Mod style (see our guide to the best polo shirt brands), this jacket is a perennial hit.

If you’re angling for a look inspired by Mod style icon Paul Weller, Pretty Green’s Glendon jacket is the perfect fit. The traditional mac design is complete with the psychedelic paisley collar lining, a staple of the brand.  This Hugo Boss mac is a more formal option, with notched lapels and a suit-style collar; perfect for rain showers in the city.  The North Face’s take on the mac is slightly more weather-resistant, insulated yet breathable, with a single centre vent on the reverse hem.

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The Single-breasted jacket

Every much as quintessential as the mac, this is a slightly more formal option favourable during wintery weather. This jacket, part of the new Vivienne Westwood collection, is a lesson in formal yet unequivocally chic style. Displaying the influence of 1940s style, and ’emanating the sophisticated swagger of the post-war American gangsters’ – this is a dress-to-impress piece.

Diesel’s up-to-date take on the classic single-breasted coat comes in a chic camel brown, perfect for keeping it classy on a weekend trip abroad.

The Bomber/Flight Jacket

The Bomber/Flight Jacket was originally created for military pilots and was adopted by the punk movement during the 70s and 80s. Today the flight jacket is a high fashion piece and an iconic look.

Alpha Industries’ Bomber keeps it classic, its ocean blue colour complete with orange inner lining and the brand’s signature Remove Before Flight keychain.

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The Coach Jacket

The Coach jacket is a more recent style phenomenon, treading the line between formal and trendy – ideal for both a weekend away and wearing to work.

This Alpha Industries TT coach jacket is ultra modern and effortlessly cool, especially paired with a pair of dark wayfarer sunglasses like these from Ray Ban. Complete the weekend-away look with this Tommy Hilfiger cap, Lacoste roll bag and smart Hugo Boss washbag.

The Track Jacket

The recent nineties fashion revival has seen the tracksuit embraced and repurposed as a high fashion garment. The track jacket is a throwback to 1990s football casual style. Adidas and Fila jackets encapsulate the look to perfection.

The Fila Vintage Renzo jacket is made from 100% polyester and the navy colour is paired with panels in a sleek, contrasting shade of red. This would look great with a pair of white shell toe trainers like these from Lacoste. This Adidas Originals TNT Tape comes in a sharp shade of green and is complete with Adidas’ classic nineties Trefoil logo embroidered along the sleeves in contrasting white.

The Parka

From Quadrophenia to Liam Gallagher, the parka jacket certainly holds its own special place in the history of fashion. It is a statement of intent, as iconic as the Lambretta scooter. Yet the parka is still as relevant and fashion forward as ever, the traditional design constantly being updated and reimagined by contemporary brands.

Carhartt is one of the hottest brands on the market at the moment, their workwear combining functionality with stylish, minimal design. This Carhartt Battle Parka is perfect for camping trips and festival wear – comfortable and practical yet undeniably fashionable. This Adidas coat is the streetwear brand’s unique update on the parka, effortlessly combining the classic with the modern. Also ideal festival-wear.

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Honourable mentions:

The Barbour jacket – available here.

The ¼ Zip Anorak – available here.

The Puffer jacket – available here.

The Shearling jacket – available here.

Written by Christy O’Beirne

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