By: Eric Ren
Photos by: Amy Huang
As the leaves change color and the temperature begins to drop, I can barely contain my excitement as autumn sets in and winter approaches. These two seasons give us the opportunity to create visually interesting and unique outfits by layering T-shirts, hoodies, sweaters, and jackets. Outerwear is a staple in everyone’s wardrobe, not just for practical reasons but also given inspiration by military heritage or niche communities in the US. Many companies, such as The North Face or Patagonia, have built entire brands around this category of male fashion. This article looks at seven different menswear staples that have stood the test of time and have been adopted by current Georgetown student across campus.
The Puffer Jacket:
Created as an unintentional consequence of both advances in outerwear material and changes in society, the puffer jacket guarantees warmth, lightness, and freedom of movement. Leading brands in this category include Patagonia with their Polartec fabric and their packable Nano Puff jacket, and Canada Goose with their thick down parkas for colder months. Whatever the occasion, these jackets are a perfect fit for those constantly on the move.
Created by Alpha Industries in 1958, the MA-1 bomber jacket is classic silhouette in men’s fashion. Originally intended for use by jet fighter pilots to combat cold temperatures and ice, the jacket eventually found its way to US black markets, government surplus stores, and ultimately the mainstream. The versatility of this jacket is unparalleled as it can be paired with everything from jeans and a T-shirt in the fall to a hoodie or flannel in the winter.
The Chore Coat:
The chore coat marks an important departure from classic male outerwear. During the Americana fashion movement, designers and companies turned toward everyday workwear for inspiration. Reinterpreted through the lens of American and Japanese fashion labels alike, the chore coat has been offered in multiple different styles. Created from materials such as denim, canvas, and wool, the jacket has always remained faithful to its Americana roots.
The Leather Jacket:
Somewhat of a niche item, the leather jacket was also created for military personnel before being adopted by different subcultures and popular Hollywood stars like Tom Cruise and Ryan Reynolds. Though the jacket can be found in different cuts and colors, the timeless silhouette will forever be a staple item to wear late into the fall.
The Winter Jacket:
Spurred on by powerhouse brands such as The North Face, Arc’teryx, and Descente, the modern winter jacket was inspired by those looking for a high degree of performance in both warmth and water resistance. Crafted from materials such as Gore-Tex or Schoeller Dryskin, these jackets push the frontier for innovation and development. They can be styled as a protective layer over classic menswear or with equally performance-focused articles of clothing.
The Field Jacket:
Another classic style inspired by the American military uniform is field jackets. Typically featuring four pockets or pouches, the M-51 style sports a fur hood for winter while the M-65 style comes with a lightweight hood for fall. This lengthy jacket is ideal for someone looking to have fun with their proportions and silhouette.
The Trench Coat:
Though most traditional male outerwear can trace its roots to American heritage, the trench coach holds a special place in the minds of many. Developed by Burberry and Aquascutum, the trench coat initially provided protection from the weather in the First and Second World Wars. Now a status symbol, the coat gives the wearer a slim and confident appearance appropriate for all situations.
Stay warm this winter, no matter your style, with these classic menswear looks.