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8 investment-worthy jackets for this season (and next)

8 investment-worthy jackets for this season (and next)

As far as investment pieces go, jackets should be high on your list – why? Well they’re the last thing you put on, but the first thing people see – so well worth making them count. And beyond the visual, they’re also the difference between chilly forecasts being intolerable and not so bad. As the saying goes, there’s no bad weather, only bad clothes, right?

Especially as we transition into the colder months, you’ll soon notice just how invaluable your jackets become; they’re essentially the hero piece of every outfit you wear. But that doesn’t mean you need to have a different one every day; instead it means you should invest in the ones that resonate with your personal style and interchange them depending on your look and the occasion. 

As for which ones are worth your while, our stylist Toby is championing eight investment-worthy jackets for the season ahead, and the next one, and the cold-weather season next year too. Keep scrolling. 

1. The steal


“I’ve been chatting about fleeces for a year or so now, and still believe that if you’re only going to get one outerwear piece this autumn winter, make it a fleece. They really pack a punch in terms of practicality, and keep you nice and insulated without too much bulk. 

I’m always surprised by the price of this jacket from COS. Not only is it a great colour and fit, the details are nicely pared-back and not too fussy meaning it’s super versatile and easy to wear throughout multiple seasons – win.”


2. The practical

Photographed: Arket Down Puffer Jacket (£179)

Down jackets often come in bold and bright colours that look great in isolation, but are pretty hard to work into a range of outfits throughout the season. I love opting for a dark green style instead, like this one from Arket, because it’ll pair nicely with a much wider selection of styles from your existing wardrobe, while still feeling that bit more interesting than a plain black. 

Another favourite detail of mine that features on this one is a two-way zip – this allows you to unzip the jacket from the bottom, meaning you can sit down far easier (definitely a need when you’re dealing with heavy jackets like this one).” 


3. The timeless

Photographed: Ben Sherman Hemp Green Workers Coat (£130.75)

“Anything timeless is always worth your investment, and I’m a big fan of styles that take cues from old workwear and military clothing – both in silhouette and detail (like borg collars and patch pockets). Choose a jacket like this and you’re guaranteed to be getting a lot of bang for your buck, as you can wear this year after year and be confident it still looks great.”


4. The cosy

Universal Works is a brand that really takes care to make clothes that just make you feel good – the cut, fabrication, and really subtle ‘if you know, you know’ details are what makes this jacket a great buy. 

It’s got a button closure, which gives it more of that vintage lean, a great fold down collar that you can flip up when the chill picks up again, and some subtle black on grey piping making for a jacket that doesn’t scream ‘look at me’, but one you just can’t help but admire.”


5. The smart

Photographed: Arket Double-Face Wool Blend Coat (£229)

“Slightly less business than a notched lapel overcoat, the full button closure that evokes a mackintosh shape (often called a car coat) is an easier style to wear with your casual wardrobe and your smart one. 

I’ll always turn to Arket for something like this; they do a very good job of creating the ideal version of an item of clothing that is worth spending a little bit more on. Plus, the double-faced wool on this one makes for some nice insulation that you can still layer underneath without bulking out too much."


6. The gilet

Photographed: Lavenham Big Quilt Bomber Gilet (£225)

“Never underestimate the sleeveless styles – perfect for the inbetween season, but equally as useful as a mid-layer when the real cold snap strikes. This one from Lavenham ticks a lot of boxes for me: great colour, versatile but still interesting enough to create contrast in your look, huge amounts of padding to keep your mega warm, and a two-way zip – nuff said.”


7. The icon

“There’s not many jackets that can claim icon status, while still being affordable (looking at you, Burberry trench), but the Detroit jacket from Carhartt is definitely one of ‘em. The workwear staple that remains a go-to in many menswear wardrobes is complete with blanket lining combined with a tight-weaved exterior to ensure that no wind whips through your outfit and keeps that heat in. 

Again there’s another two-way zip here, which if you couldn’t tell, I’m all about, and it comes in a super wearable colour that is impossible not to look good in. The best part? This one only gets better with age.


8. The splurge

“Put this jacket on by A.P.C. and you’ll quickly feel like you own a very cool motorbike. And like all of their items, this jacket is an example of A.P.C. never doing things by halves – synthetic-like borg is swapped for more luxurious shearling, flap pockets gain a box pleat and popper fastenings, and ribbing along the hems of the sleeves and waistband make for a jacket that sits how it’s supposed to (not too long, not too short). Now this is what you call an investment piece.”


Words: Yasmine Kennedy
Styling: Toby Standing