Different Types of Jackets for Men: It’s important to protect yourself from the cold, and so is maintaining your fashion statement, especially if you’re a stylish guy. And winter season or not, the right jacket will always do the trick.
There’s no doubt that jackets play a major role in every man’s wardrobe collection. Not only does a jacket helps you feel comfortable at your most difficult times, but it also elevates your ensemble. When it comes to the definition, jackets are garments with fitted waist and cuffs, making them a good option to pair with undershirts like tees and button-downs.
What Jackets Should You Buy This Year?
A jacket creates a sharp silhouette that no other piece of clothing can give. It can even take a plain old outfit to a whole new level.
How to Choose the Right Jacket?
If you plan on getting new jackets, consider the following:
- Fit. Go for slim and relaxed fit jackets. Avoid baggy and lousy ones that are awkward to wear. And just like what we always tell you, “Be friends with the tailor.”
- Fabric. Pay attention to its material and construction – what it is made of and how it is designed.
- Durability and Quality. No one’s stopping you from buying the most expensive jackets in town. If they make you happy, then why not? However, a piece of advice: make sure the quality would make justice for the name – you know what I mean.
- Versatility. Go for classic and timeless jackets that you can wear any time of the year. Choose those that you can pair up with many outfits you have in your closet.
- Comfort and Style. As a fashion lover, you are well-aware that an outfit should both be comfortable and stylish. It’s not a bad idea to try on an outfit in front of the mirror before paying for it.
Now you might find yourself lost in a sea of various options, especially that jackets come in different types.
Before wearing a jacket, check the weather. While it’s a no-brainer not to wear a jacket with a 50-degree temperature, choose well-insulated jackets when it’s raining or snowing outside, especially if you live in a region with freezing to subzero temperatures. And if you wish to don a jacket in spring or summer, go for lightweight and minimal ones.
The occasion also plays a big part in your choice of clothing. Say you’re out for a meeting with your boss, a more formal jacket like a parka or sports jacket would be the most suitable option.
Also, if you love taking photos of your OOTDs, which I’m sure you are, go for aesthetic and Instagram-worthy jackets by always giving good thought to the color and patterns.
↓ 18. Plaid Overshirts
Plaids, especially shirts with vertical lines, are perfect for short men. Even for just an illusion, they make you look taller. Meanwhile, horizontal prints are more suitable for skinny guys. The best thing about plaid overshirts is that they make your outfit look even more aesthetic. I highly recommend that you check out my Short Guys’ Style Guide.
↓ 17 – Columbia Jacket
Columbia jackets can either be a thermally insulated jacket, a versatile fleece, or a durable rain jacket. One thing they have in common – they are tough overcoats that give you the weatherized protection you need for any outdoor adventure.
↓ 16 – Bomber Jacket
Also known as flight jackets, bomber jackets are a heritage from the armed forces. They were first seen during World War I and became popular with the pilots during World War II. It has made its way from the battlefield to a fashion-oriented setting.
A traditional bomber jacket is made of leather. However, changes have been made over the years, and they now come in wool and polyester that are perfect for winter and autumn, while cotton is for spring and summer.
Wear your bomber jacket with a plain white T-shirt underneath. If you aim for a street style or weekend casual outfit, pair up the jacket with chinos and sneakers. For more ideas, do check out this collection of the best Bomber Jackets for Men.
↓ 15 – Field Jacket
Limit your color choice with khaki, navy, and grey, and go for relaxed fit ones.
If your outfit is too plain, a field jacket can take it to a different level. An outfit consisting of a plain tee and denim jeans would always look smart casual when styled with a field jacket.
↓ 14 – Suede Jacket
Suede is a luxurious and elegant fabric that gives you a soft and fibrous effect. It is a type of leather with a napped finish, and it is commonly used for jackets, wallets, and shoes.
Known for giving a smooth and sumptuous feel, this jacket is designed to give you a smart and stylish look. A suede jacket can either be a suede bomber or a suede worker jacket. Suede jackets, especially the genuine ones, are more expensive than any jacket out there. They are very sensitive, so you should handle them with extra care. They are also hydrophilic – they easily attract moisture when exposed to rain.
Layer a brown suede jacket with a white button-down. Tuck in the shirt and wear a thin strap belt. Note that earth tones like the color brown make a good match for blue denim jeans. Finish off the look with brogues or loafers, and it can be your college outfit. Here are some of my personal favorite Suede Jacket Outfits for Men.
↓ 13 – Leather Jacket
This jacket is bound to unleash the inner bad guy in you. Whether you are a motorcyclist or not, it’s not a lame idea to be rebellious every once in a while. Add more masculinity to your style by wearing this biker outfit, accentuated by metallic studs and zippers. If you are new to leather jackets, go for minimal design. Choose durable, authentic leather that will last years and decades.
Wear your black leather jacket with chinos, but the best choice is black jeans. Here are more ideas on Leather Jacket Outfits for Men.
↓ 12 – Denim Jacket
Channel a retro vibe and wear a denim jacket, after all, you can never go wrong with denim.
DO NOT wear a denim jacket with denim jeans of the same shade. The best choice is to wear it with khaki or black pants. Achieve the ultimate casual style by finishing off the look with some Vans or Converse sneakers.
↓ 11 – Trucker Jacket
It is known for its button-down style and for having distinctive breast pockets and sherpa collar. Trucker jackets are often made of blue denim, and they have shearling-trim to textured fabrics.
Wear a trucker jacket on your first date. Just pair it up with black pants because remember, denim on denim is a big no-no.
↓ 10 – Parka Jacket
It is a hip-length jacket designed for cold weather, stuffed with down or synthetic fiber, and often features a fur-lined hood for informal winter outings.
↓ 9 – Anorak Jacket
It is a water-resistant, hooded, pull-over jacket that sometimes features drawstrings at the waist and cuffs, and it has a half-zip opening. This is suitable to wear when it’s raining or snowing outside because it can be a substitute for a regular raincoat.
↓ 8 – Varsity Jacket
Whether you are an athlete or not, it’s cool to wear a varsity jacket. It is a baseball-style jacket that was popularized by high-school and college jocks.
A varsity jacket and a hoodie will always make a good combo. But you can also wear the jacket with a tee underneath.
↓ 7 – Puffer Jacket
This has been a wardrobe essential since the 90s. A puffer jacket uses your own body heat to warm up the insides of the coat. If you want to keep your face and hair dry from the rain in the most fashionable way and choose hooded puffer jackets. Here are the Best Puffer Jacket Styles For Men.
You can either layer it with a tee or a hoodie.
↓ 6 – Shearling Jacket
Fight the cold in style with a shearling jacket. It features a cozy sheep’s wool. It has a woolly inner and a suede outer. Some have designs that only feature shearling on the collar or lapel.
This comfy and cozy jacket will keep you warm enough in winter. Pair up your shearling jacket with a knitted sweater.
↓ 5 – Harrington Jacket
It is also called a blouson. It has fitted or elastic cuffs and waistband, which lets the material gather over the wrists and waist.
It is similar to a bomber jacket, but it has a more tailored finish and a well-defined collar.
↓ 4 – Track Jacket
If you are in for the athleisure style, go for a track jacket. Its lightweight and sweat-absorbent qualities make it a desirable choice for everyday use, especially for a quick jog around the park.
Wearing track jackets in lively color combos will help stimulate your brain to get you moving.
↓ 3 – Quilted Jacket
↓ 2 – Shirt Jacket
↓ 1 – Sports Jacket
It can make a casual outfit look formal in a blink of an eye. A sports jacket is also called a “blazer.”
If you aim for a more professional look, choose navy and dark tones like black and blue. You can wear this to your work as long as you’ll pair it up with a plain colored undershirt like a tee or turtleneck. If you are trying to maintain a business or smart casual look, choose chinos instead of jeans. The same applies to your footwear. Put away your sneakers in the meantime, and go for boots, dress shoes, and brogues.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Q. What is the difference between jackets and coats?
A. Jackets are shorter than coats. Jackets typically reach your waist, while coats go to mid-thigh or even longer. And jackets are often made with lighter fabrics.
Q. Is it wise to buy jackets from thrift stores?
A. Not all men are willing to buy from thrift stores. Because most of the products there are hand-me-down, some men find it awkward and risky to wear old outfits. And while many people don’t have the guts to spend time looking for great fashion finds in thrift stores, some still find it practical. Branded jackets are offered at ridiculously low prices, depending on the smoothness and the label. I’d say it’s not bad to spend your money on clothes from thrift stores. For instance, an expensive bomber jacket from the mall might be equivalent to three pre-loved jackets from a thrift store.
Q. What are the pros and cons of buying jackets online?
A. With online shopping, in just a few clicks, you can expect the product on your doorstep within a couple of days. It is safe and convenient, especially in times of crisis. Take the pandemic, for example. However, the downside is that you don’t have the chance to try on the outfits before adding them to the cart. The measurements in the product description aren’t always accurate, so you might regret buying the product if it doesn’t fit you right. There’s also no assurance of the product being something like how it’s advertised.
Q. What are the trending jackets for spring and summer?
A. Any jacket made of cotton fabric is best for the warm seasons. Try to wear jackets made of light materials in bright colors like red and yellow. And since jackets are more of a winter staple, limit your options to wearing cotton varsity jackets or lightweight denim if you insist on wearing one in summer and summer.
Q. What jackets are best for winter and fall?
A. Jackets with navy and dark tones are perfect for colder months. Do not focus on fancy jackets with fur and sherpa collars. The looks of a worthy winter jacket don’t end within those means. Choose wool puffers and authentic leather jackets. They are made of fabric suitable for freezing temperatures. Other jackets like parka and anorak are also specifically designed to help you cope with the winds of winter.
Q. What are the best brands of jackets for men?
A. Adidas, Uniqlo, and The North Face are three well-known distributors of quality and in-vogue jackets worldwide.
Q. Is hoodie a jacket?
A. Technically, No. Hoodies are pullovers, so they are more like sweatshirts and less like jackets. You can say that hoodies are like sweatshirts but with a hood, while jackets are very different from them in terms of material.
John Vincent studied Communication Arts in the Philippines.
Growing up, he’s always had an eye for aesthetics. He enjoys writing a lot. Books, TV series, and movies are a big part of his life. His all-time favorites are Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Marvel films.
He believes that fashion is a pure form of art. You express yourself through your personal style – it’s something you can’t replicate.