When winter is finished and spring arrives, it’s time to put away the heavy winter coat and replace it with something lighter.
In this article, I’ll go over the five different types of spring jackets that every man should have.
The Field Jacket
Let’s start with the field jacket as our first stop.
This style of jacket has its roots in military history, with the M65 field jacket from the Vietnam War being the most common variation.
This jacket’s fit should not be overly tight. There should be enough area underneath to layer some clothing. Because this is a mid-length jacket, it should cover your entire backside.
Four front pockets are common, two on the chest and two on the waist.
Field jackets come with a variety of closing options, including buttons, zippers, and snaps.
My field jacket includes a double zipper, which is a unique feature. Not only can you zip it up, but you can also open it up at the bottom with the second zipper. If you’re bending down or sitting, this provides you more range of motion without having to fully unzip the jacket.
This jacket’s neck closes entirely and features a buckle and strap to keep it securely fastened. This is excellent for keeping wind and rain out.
They’ll usually be made of tough cotton or nylon. They may also be found on the wax coating used to keep moisture out.
On wet spring days, a nice field jacket is hard to beat, whether you’re in the city or out in the country.
The Cafe Racer
The leather café racer is the next stop.
If you have a slim or fit body type, it’s a sleek simple style that will look great on you.
The jacket should be fitted closely to the arms and torso, ending just beyond your belt line.
It will have two waist pockets and a single zipper chest pocket on the left side, with no chest pockets.
A snap fastening at the neck is also found on a typical café racer.
Instead, I have a tailored leather jacket with a mock neck. In a lightweight, smooth leather like lambskin, this kind of jacket looks fantastic.
I chose goatskin for this particular jacket. It’s as light and flexible as lambskin, but with a fantastic pebble texture that gives it a rough appearance.
Nothing says badass like a good leather jacket, but I like the café racer to flashier styles like the double rider since it’s more modest.
The Denim Jacket
Let’s talk about the denim jacket next.
This style, often known as the trucker jacket, was first created by Levi’s in 1962 and has since become a classic.
This jacket has a slim fit and falls just below the belt line.
Two breast compartments with flaps will be visible. Because of the hole in the center, it will be fastened with metal buttons known as donut buttons.
It will include a turn-down collar that you may wear down or up depending on the weather and how flashy you want to be.
Along the waistband of the jacket, you’ll also notice side tabs. This will help you to better suit the waist by tightening or loosening it.
The denim jacket will also have gold contrasting thread, just like your jeans.
On the weekends, this is a pretty relaxed casual jacket that you can’t go wrong with.
The Harrington Jacket
The Harrington will be the fourth jacket on the list.
The Harrington was first produced in the United Kingdom in the 1930s and became famous in the 1950s and 1960s. Actors like James Dean and Steve McQueen wore them.
A soft shell jacket is typically constructed of cotton or nylon. The jacket will terminate just below the waistline, but the waist and sleeves will normally be a little looser.
The version I have is a more modern take on the style, so it fits a little better and has a few different style features. It has the two waist pockets seen on the classic Harrington, however the traditional form has somewhat flap pockets rather than zipper pockets.
The button tab on the collar is one of the jacket’s most prominent characteristics. My jacket just has one button, unlike a regular Harrington, which has two.
The distinctive lining is also something you’ll see in classic Harringtons. They’ll usually be in a vibrant tartan pattern.
Overall, this is a highly adaptable jacket that goes well with everything from casual wear to business casual.
The Bomber Jacket
The bomber jacket is the next stop.
This jacket dates from the Second World War. Originally designed as a pilot’s leather flight jacket.
Instead of leather, modern versions are frequently constructed of a lightweight cotton or nylon.
Elastic will be used on the waistband and cuffs of this jacket.
The fit of this jacket used to be a little looser, but recent versions are a little leaner.
The bottom of your belt line should be where the jacket ends. With two side pockets at the waist, the design is simple and straightforward.
Although most original bomber jackets had a turn-down collar, today’s most popular form is a low-cut standing collar that tapers down from the back to the front.
This is a very comfortable, low-key jacket that goes well with casual attire as well as casual attire, such as a t-shirt and jeans.
So, gentlemen, which sort of spring jacket is your favorite? Please let me know in the comments section below.