Five key outerwear pieces to stand out this season
Coats and jackets play a huge role in the wardrobes of Irish men, so it's pivotal to find the right one that will carry you through the seasons (I say seasons, but I mean just one, because isn't that all we really have here?).
From Christopher Raeburn’s exaggerated , oversized park’s, Cottweiler’s cropped bomber jackets and Craig Green’s utalitarian overcoats; this season brings with it new structures and forms to suit every man and lifestyle. Here’s all the reasons to be happy about the snow this week. Ready to be the best-dressed man this winter?
The classic bomber has been a wardrobe cornerstone for decades. More traditionally known as a flight jacket, it got its name from U.S. Army and Air Force pilots and has transcended through to the mainstream by way of U.S and UK subcultures.
Bombers are now available in almost every conceivable colour, but original bombers were only available in olive or black with a recognisable, reversible orange lining. The bomber is a functional and versatile piece that transitions perfectly from season to season. Step up your game with a statement blue jacket, as seen above, and take pride in alternative textures, details and finishings.
The classic trucker jacket is a silhouette that has been around for over 100 years and has withstood the test of time as an American classic. Originating out of necessity for 'working men' of the time, these jackets are not just functional, but have becoming increasingly popular because of their updated, refreshing look.
Designed to last a lifetime, the trucker has since been adopted by fashion houses and features in several AW18 and SS19 ready-to-wear collections. Layered with knits for winter or draped over a suit will bring a rugged and 'working' feel to any look.
In the Navy!
Any coat worth it's cloth is worthy of real investment. It's the kind of piece that tells a story and offers protection and will serve you year after year.
In the past, the military style cut – with larger lapels, collars and double breasted buttons – gained popularity among noblemen, royalty and politicians. Now though, this vintage style is carried from high-brow boutique’s to the high street in a variety of budgets and styles.
Designed to be worn over suits and uniforms, an overcoat works best when worn slightly oversized. A bigger fit will also bring with it an air of cool to what might typically be seen as a formal jacket.
Available in a variety or fabrics, colours and cuts, it's hard to beat the classic silhouette and finish. Navy wool or a wool blend with bold details will work beautifully with most suits and will truly elevate a casual wardrobe capsule..
Buffalo Check, Mate
Often attributed to a designer at the Woolrich Woolen Mills in the 1850's, buffalo check was a liberal copy of an old Scottish pattern known as the Rob Roy. Traditionally, buffalo check is black fleck over red wool in a larger box style. The print gained popularity among lumberjacks, loggers and woodsmen in Maine and Pennsylvania during the 19th and 20th Century.
The style and pattern has resurged in popularity in recent seasons, and why wouldn’t it? The pattern is strong and easy to wear. Layer it over solid, standout colours or muted tones to avoid sensory overload. Pair with a khaki suit or heavy raw denim and boots for a look that will stand out from the rest.
Technical and Tactical
Sleeveless, lightweight and originally designed for countryside and military applications, the humble vest might just be the missing keystone to your wardrobe.
Ideal for layering over T-shirts, long sleeves, hoodies and jackets, the vest brings a more considered look to any outfit. For added steez, wear it over a suit or pair it with a watchcap and boots for bonus street wear militia points.