The Tech Jacket
Constant innovations in fabrication have led to all sorts of jackets, coats and blazers coming in new materials or being treated with hi-tech coatings – meaning your traditional cotton and linen styles are now available waterproofed.
One brand that fuses technical features with tailoring particularly well is Oliver Spencer. The label’s polyurethane-coated Upton jacket is a perfect example of a smart-casual style that could be worn with jeans and boots on days that threaten rain, or with some lightweight pastel chinos and a pair of driving shoes/canvas trainers when the sun is out.
Also worth checking out is the brand’s Helvellyn jacket, another technically advanced piece that’s ideal for layering with a fine gauge jumper, or a chunkier roll neck depending on what Mother Nature throws at you.
Elsewhere, premium Italian label Herno does a minimalist car coat in a bonded thermoplastic fabric that teams well with some slim jeans and desert boots, while providing ample protection from inclement weather.
For something more obviously ‘performance’ in aesthetic, turn to Christopher Raeburn’s sports luxe styles for spring/summer 2015. His collection featured lightweight floral print hoodies and transparent plastic blousons and macs worn with a mixture of luxury track pants and fluid cotton trousers.
Also, don’t overlook the brands coming from a purely functional or sports background. One of our favourites at the moment is Aether, a Los Angeles-based company that produces practical activewear that we’re eager to wear, even on off-days. The label’s field jacket is a neat piece of kit built to handle blustery conditions, while its fall line jacketwith a bonded zip is a smart way to add some function and minimal styling to a smart-casual outfit.
Lookbook Inspiration
Technical jackets and waterproof rain coats aren’t just for off-duty days, as you can see below. Try a bold colour pop version over a lightweight suit to set yourself apart on the springtime commute, or an advanced parka or hooded jacket with an Oxford shirt and sweater to bring a contemporary twist to a timeless smart-casual combination.
Of course, if you want to take a more fashion-forward approach to your look, combine your tech jacket with longline and sports luxe pieces for a slick and directional aesthetic:
Men's Technical Jackets & Coats Outfit Inspiration Lookbook
topman ss14sisley ss14penfield ss15matalan ss15bershkazara spring 2015selected homme ss14ti for men spring 2015next spring 2015HASPEL SS15gap spring 2012m grifoni aw13
Key Pieces
  • HE BY MANGO INNER JACKET WATERPROOF PARKAHe By Mango Inner Jacket Waterproof Parka
  • NATIVE YOUTH LIGHTWEIGHT TECHNICAL PARKA IN KHAKINative Youth Lightweight Technical Parka In Khaki
  • CLWR WATERPROOF JACKET WITH HOODClwr Waterproof Jacket With Hood
  • RAINS LONG JACKETRains Long Jacket
  • TOPMAN TOPMAN SPORT BLACK JERSEY DRY-TECH ZIP THROUGH JACKETTopman Topman Sport Black Jersey Dry-tech Zip Through Jacket
  • ELEMENT JACKET WITH COLOUR BLOCK WATERPROOFElement Jacket With Colour Block Waterproof
  • SELECTED HOMME RAINGER WATERPROOF JACKET ORANGESelected Homme Rainger Waterproof Jacket Orange
  • AMI PARIS OVERHEAD HOODED JACKETAmi Paris Overhead Hooded Jacket
  • FALL LINE NHFall Line Nh
  • HERNO LIGHTWEIGHT THERMOPLASTIC OVERCOAT 1005544Herno Lightweight Thermoplastic Overcoat 1005544
  • HELVELLYN JACKET BOLT NAVY OSJ225AHelvellyn Jacket Bolt Navy Osj225a
  • UPTON JACKET TURNER NAVY OSJ240AUpton Jacket Turner Navy Osj240a
The Bomber Jacket
A fixture on runways for the last few years, the bomber jacket is loved for its youthful, counter-cultural styling and military heritage. Testament to its staying power, designers are still finding new ways to make this classic outerwear piece their own.
For a simple, no-fuss style, a minimal cotton bomber from Faconnable hits all the right spots. The perfect spring jacket for dressing down with a pair of distressed jeans and leather trainers, or dressing up with a button-down, sweatshirt and cropped trousers, it’s an investment piece that’ll work for most of the year.
Not moved by minimal? Try turning heads with Haider Ackermann’s floral-jacquard linen and silk-blend bomber, which is about as big a statement as you could make.
Exceptionally easy to wear with everything from a crew neck T-shirt to a patterned short-sleeved shirt, and with so many different options available – from high-end to high street – the bomber is set to remain front and centre for spring/summer 2015.
Lookbook Inspiration
The bomber jacket is a classic and extremely versatile silhouette that pairs just as well with tailored trousers and button-downs as it does slimline joggers and sweatshirts.
If you opt for a timeless neutral design then there is no need to over-think your styling here – simply throw it on over the top of all your current go-to outfits and away you go.
However, if you go for a bold coloured or printed version, the standard rules apply: team with muted, pared-back pieces in order to anchor your jacket while letting it become the focal point of your look.
Men's Bomber Jackets Spring Outfit Inspiration Lookbook
mango man fall 2014river island ss15calliope aw14reiss ss15calliope ss15j crew ss15zara spring 2015ti for men spring 2015bally ss15allsaints ss14mango man ss15new look ss15
Key Pieces
  • SHORE LEAVE BY URBAN OUTFITTERS DOBBY BOMBER JACKET IN KHAKIShore Leave By Urban Outfitters Dobby Bomber Jacket In Khaki
  • ASOS BOMBER JACKETAsos Bomber Jacket
  • PS PAUL SMITH FLORAL BOMBER JACKETPs Paul Smith Floral Bomber Jacket
  • TOPMAN BURGUNDY COTTON BOMBER JACKETTopman Burgundy Cotton Bomber Jacket
  • BURTON STONE BOMBER JACKETBurton Stone Bomber Jacket
  • ALLSAINTS CALE BOMBER JACKETAllsaints Cale Bomber Jacket
  • GRAYERS RUSSELL HERRINGBONE COTTON BOMBER JACKETGrayers Russell Herringbone Cotton Bomber Jacket
  • GANT CHAMBRAY BOMBER JACKET BLUEGant Chambray Bomber Jacket Blue
  • REISS CANNES BOMBER JACKET BRIGHT BLUEReiss Cannes Bomber Jacket Bright Blue
  • REISS TOULON SUEDE BOMBER JACKET GREYReiss Toulon Suede Bomber Jacket Grey
  • ALEXANDER WANG TEXTURED BOMBER JACKET 1005161Alexander Wang Textured Bomber Jacket 1005161
  • PAUL SMITH SATIN-PANELLED WOOL-TWILL BOMBER JACKETPaul Smith Satin-panelled Wool-twill Bomber Jacket
The Cotton Jacket
For a smarter, fail-safe sartorial option this spring, the cotton jacket/blazer is an excellent choice. Often cut from shirting cotton, lightweight blazers are ideal for looking your best on balmier days.
This silhouette has been a mainstay of Oliver Spencer collections for years. We’re particular fans of the label’s Barrigan jacket – the fruits of a collaboration with cycling brand Vulpine (Mr Spencer is a keen cyclist) – that features hi-vis elements beneath the collar and cuffs. The Navigator jacket is another standout piece from the current SS15 line and a must-own for double denim enthusiasts.
Elsewhere, Albam’s Montmartre blazer is another easy-wearing cotton twill outer layer that looks great paired with chinos or indigo denim, while brands such as Gieves & Hawkes and Dolce & Gabbana have recently presented pea coat styles (traditionally made from wool) in cotton, allowing a classic, masculine silhouette to be worn in all seasons.
Lookbook Inspiration
Smart but not stuffy, a well-cut, unstructured cotton blazer will instantly upgrade any off-duty look. Try throwing it on over a simple jeans and T-shirt combination when going out for drinks, or combining it with an Oxford shirt and slim chinos for a meal with the other half.
On the flip side, its relaxed nature will also help bring more of a dress-down feel to your formal attire, which is ideal for casual Fridays in the office or business-casual events.
Overall, it’s an extremely versatile piece that will effortlessly adapt to multiple occasions and scenarios throughout spring/summer:
Men's Cotton Blazers & Jackets Outfit Inspiration Lookbook
digel ss14h&mBoglioli ss13allsaints ss13gap aw12sarar ss14mango man ss13scotch & soda aw13 amsterdams blauwGap ss12Bottega Veneta cruise ss14gap ss12house of fraser ss15
Key Pieces
  • GAP TWILL BLAZERGap Twill Blazer
  • TED BAKER CHICAGO LAYERED COTTON JACKETTed Baker Chicago Layered Cotton Jacket
  • MONTMARTRE BLAZERMontmartre Blazer
  • HE BY MANGO COTTON CANVAS COATHe By Mango Cotton Canvas Coat
  • TED BAKER IGROT LAYERED COTTON JACKETTed Baker Igrot Layered Cotton Jacket
  • NAVIGATOR JACKET FLITWICK NAVY OSJ154ENavigator Jacket Flitwick Navy Osj154e
  • INCOTEX SLIM-FIT GARMENT-DYED COTTON BLAZERIncotex Slim-fit Garment-dyed Cotton Blazer
  • ALEX MILL SLIM-FIT RIPSTOP COTTON BLAZERAlex Mill Slim-fit Ripstop Cotton Blazer
  • GIEVES & HAWKES DOUBLE-BREASTED COTTON JACKETGieves & Hawkes Double-breasted Cotton Jacket
  • JOHN LEWIS & CO. GARMENT DYE WORK WEAR JACKET OXBLOOD REDJohn Lewis & Co. Garment Dye Work Wear Jacket Oxblood Red
  • KIN BY JOHN LEWIS COTTON BLAZER NAVYKin By John Lewis Cotton Blazer Navy
  • DOLCE & GABBANA LIGHTWEIGHT DOUBLE-BREASTED PEA COAT 1006949Dolce & Gabbana Lightweight Double-breasted Pea Coat 1006949
The Trench Coat
If you find yourself suited and booted while April’s showers are looking their most threatening, you could do worse than cover up with the classic trench coat.
Offering more coverage than a cotton blazer and traditionally featuring an adjustable belt that helps cut a flattering figure, the trench is the only outer layer you’ll need as the weather starts to warm up.
As this is a timeless piece that will potentially last you a lifetime, Burberry should be the first brand on your hit list if you’re eager to add something truly iconic to your wardrobe. However, Parisian label Sandro is offering an impressive version this season at a much more affordable price point.
Deviating from the classic double-breasted (DB) style, there are plenty of excellent single-breasted trenches out there, too. While perhaps not as inherently flamboyant as a DB version, they are nonetheless smart alternatives to wear over a work suit. Personally, I think the Italian brands work this style best, so look for versions by the likes of Zegna, Canali, Brioni and Herno.
When it comes to hue, you can never go wrong with a timeless camel or beige version, yet there are a wealth of striking colour ways available on the current market – our favourites come in bolder shades of blue, which look extremely contemporary but retain a sense of versatility.
As for length, let your body type guide your choice: tall gents should be looking for longer styles that finish a couple of inches above the knee, breaking up their considerable height, while shorter men would do well to opt for slightly cropped styles, which offer full suit jacket coverage while providing a much-needed lengthening effect.
Lookbook Inspiration
If you’ve opted for a belted style, there are two key ways you can wear it: fully done up and fastened across the waist so that you achieve that desirable ‘V’ shape silhouette, or left open and relaxed with the belt loosely knotted behind your back once the weather picks up.
Of course, tailoring (whether a full suit or separates) is the perfect partner to a trench coat, but don’t be afraid to dress yours down at the weekend with a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. This smart and casual juxtaposition was one of the key styling tricks we witnessed on the AW15 runways and is a technique that can be applied all year round:
Men's Trench Coats Outfit Inspiration Lookbook
daks ss15de fursac ss14sararJaeger AW13drykorn ss13gucci resort ss15zara spring 2015zara september 2014boomerang ss15paul & joe ss13allsaints ss14Boglioli ss15
Key Pieces
  • ANTONY MORATO TRENCH COATAntony Morato Trench Coat
  • ASOS LIGHTWEIGHT TRENCH COATAsos Lightweight Trench Coat
  • BURBERRY COTTON POPLIN TRENCH COATBurberry Cotton Poplin Trench Coat
  • RIVER ISLAND STONE HOLLOWAY ROAD TRENCH COATRiver Island Stone Holloway Road Trench Coat
  • RIVER ISLAND DARK RED SMART SHORT TRENCH COATRiver Island Dark Red Smart Short Trench Coat
  • M&S COLLECTION BEST OF BRITISH PURE COTTON TRENCH MAC WITH STORMWEARM&s Collection Best Of British Pure Cotton Trench Mac With Stormwear
  • REISS MADISON BELTED MAC DARK GREYReiss Madison Belted Mac Dark Grey
  • AUTOGRAPH PURE COTTON SLIM FIT MAC WITH STORMWEARAutograph Pure Cotton Slim Fit Mac With Stormwear
  • SANDRO DOUBLE-BREASTED COTTON TRENCH COATSandro Double-breasted Cotton Trench Coat
  • TED BAKER ENDURANCE KIRKHAM BELTED TRENCH COATTed Baker Endurance Kirkham Belted Trench Coat
  • BURBERRY LONDON COTTON-GABARDINE TRENCH COATBurberry London Cotton-gabardine Trench Coat
  • AQUASCUTUM PATTISON SINGLE BREASTED TRENCH COATAquascutum Pattison Single Breasted Trench Coat
Final Word
Between work and off-duty wardrobes, smart and casual, showers and sunshine, dressing well for spring is no mean feat. Yet equipping yourself with one these five key jackets gives you a focal point around which to build a myriad of springtime looks, no matter what the weather’s like outside.
What’s your go-to spring jacket? Will you be investing in one of these styles to see you through to summer?
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