Words by Jenny Bar
With all the joy of new-season shopping comes the search for the perfect winter jacket. One of the most important cold-weather buys, a jacket simultaneously acts as a protective shell against the elements as well as your most visible style statement. From shearling updates via Burberry to Moncler’s technical puffer, we present the five hero styles to invest in now, as selected and narrated by senior menswear editor Luke Raymond.
‘Clean tailoring meets sophistication in Prada’s nappa leather jacket — perfect for when you’re looking to take things up a notch. Ultra-pronounced, the full-grain finish emphasizes the boxy shape, while boasting the toughness and durability of more traditional outerwear heroes. Pinned with triangle insignia at the nape, the style says stealth luxe at first sight.’
The technical puffer
‘Every well-prepared wardrobe needs a puffer — and as always, Moncler has it covered. Step forward the Jarama jacket. Not only is it super-lightweight, it also features water-repellent properties: the ultimate antidote for those days when the sun and rain are vying for attention.’
The shearling update
‘Easily a purchase for life, the shearling jacket delivers style and warmth in abundance. This flight-inspired iteration from Daniel Lee’s Burberry debut puts a fresh spin on a classic. From the epaulets to the half-belt, the aviator-inspired details make sense for a collection that’s all about going back to the pragmatic roots of the British brand.’
‘There’s something satisfying about a function-first jacket that commits fully to style, too. Cue Stone Island’s shell jacket — it’s sheer gorpcore brilliance. Classic black colorway aside, the weather-resistant PrimaLoft-TC padding is one of the most insulating fillings out there, providing warmth when the cold bites.’