SPRING TRENDS: Update your Wardrobe with a Classic – The Field Jacket

Outerwear for men is often very utilitarian but those of us who live in colder climates should make sure those options are still stylish. For years fashionable men have been opting for the classic option of the trench coat. Now while we admit that every man should own a trench coat, that option can sometimes be too formal for your weekend outings. Enter the Field Jacket. Like so many of what we consider men’s fashions staples, the field jacket got its start in the military—but it definitely has been updated since those humble beginnings.

Just like the trench coat, the field jacket is one of those styles that was originally conceived out of utility; the field jacket signature is its two hip and two chest pockets which were perfect for storing everything a military man needed. Originally issued by the US Army as the M-43 jacket; its original purpose was to keep soldiers warm and dry during World War II (where it got updated to the M-65 jacket). Today’s designer updates keep the utility and up the fashion quotient. We would argue that it just might be the perfect spring jacket for the modern man, after all it has enough pockets for everything a man needs to get through is day to day – smart phone, wallet, lip balm, keys…

The Spring-Summer 2016 runways were packed with new and classic takes on this piece of functional outerwear. Here is a round up of our favourites, including options in every price range.


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  1. J.Crew, $260  2. Coach, $620  3. Saint Laurent, $1500  4. Tom Ford, $8600   5. TopMan, $85  6. Ralph Lauren, $650

While the field jacket is an obvious option for casual weekends, worn with classic denim and a pair of boots (or Chucks), why not be more adventurous and wear it over your suit on your way to work?  It’s better to be the first man at the office with sartorial freshness than the last. Trust us.

Christian Dare
Christian Dare spent much of his formative years working in the fashion industry as a National Visual Manager before he turned his attention to writing. He currently writes for AmongMen, Complex and his own blog, Christian Dare Edited. You can find him online at www.christiandareedited.com or follow him on Twitter @christiandare but he is more fun on Instagram @christian_dare
Christian Dare