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The best spring jackets for your broad chest

The best spring jackets for your broad chest

It’s a tireless job, being a jacket. You're often thrown on in a mad rush out the door, and yet you're still meant to look stylish and provide just the right amount of warmth in any season – no pressure or anything. To make it easier for your jacket to achieve both of these things, you need to nail the fit. And part of that is taking your unique shape – like your broad chest – into consideration. 

Nope, we're not mind-readers: you told us about your broad chest upon signing up. So if you haven’t already, you should factor it in when you choose your next jacket – the fit will be so much more flattering, you'll regret not doing it sooner. Not sure where to start? It all comes down to knowing the right details and features to consider, and then looking for jackets that tick all those boxes. And luckily for you, there are plenty of styles that do.

The best features for a broad chest

Raglan sleeves

You might not have heard of a raglan sleeve, but you’ve probably worn your fair share of them – not just because they’re super flattering for guys with broad chests, but because they’re a prevalent feature in casualwear like sweaters, hoodies, and oversized tops. And trust us: once you know what to look for, you’ll have no problem finding raglan-sleeved outerwear, either.

Unlike a set-in shoulder seam in which the sleeve is fully separate from the body of a garment, a raglan sleeve falls from the neckline to the armpit. It means the sleeve will follow the line of your shoulder, preventing your clothes from pulling across your arms and chest. This wonder-feature can also even out the appearance of your torso, highlighting your shape in a more natural way so your frame doesn’t appear bulky and your shoulders don’t look too square. 

Though it’s a common feature in more casual clothing, the raglan sleeve goes a long way to ensure the chest and shoulders of your jacket sit flush against your body – which ultimately looks much sharper than a set-in sleeve that doesn’t fit well. You can thank us later.

Flattering fastenings

As a broad-chested guy, you’re probably no stranger to the numerous issues a simple fastening can cause. Fabric gaping between buttons; zips pulling across the chest; hems feeling too loose or too tight. And you’re not the first to face these woes: broad-chested bikers have been there too. They solved the issue by introducing two-way zips on their jackets, which allow the front to sit clean against your chest and can be opened from the bottom to avoid puffing out when you’re seated. And if leather jackets aren’t your thing, don’t worry – plenty of other, more versatile styles have since adopted this flattering feature.

Like raglan sleeves, two-way zips are most often found on casual jackets but the natural and easy silhouette they provide – whether you’re seated or standing – will look much sleeker than a smart jacket that’s all bunched up. If you prefer a button-up jacket over zips, it’s best to either size up or opt for a style with press studs. It can be hard to avoid the aforementioned gaping between buttons when a jacket is too tight across your chest, but an oversized style should do the trick – just make sure it doesn’t look too big elsewhere.

Our picks for you

Photographed: Wax London Zappa Jacket Brown ($266)

Overshirts

When the weather permits, an overshirt in place of a heavier jacket can be just as practical, and even more stylish. The Zappa jacket from Wax London is lightweight and easy to layer without making your top half look bulky. And you can guarantee it will be comfy but not stuffy thanks to the sleek-yet-loose-fitting silhouette. The straight line of the torso will draw attention away from your chest and shoulders, and even out your overall shape. 

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Photographed: Arket Quilted Liner Vest ($77)

Gilets

Tired of jacket sleeves pulling across your chest and shoulders? Why not ditch them altogether. A lightweight quilted gilet is a perfect layering piece that will keep you warm without adding bulk. Like your usual jacket, you can wear it as a top- or mid-layer depending on the weather, and you won’t have to worry about tight chests and stuffy armpits. And if the heritage look isn’t your thing, don’t worry – it works just as well in urban settings as it does in the country. Word of the gilet’s style and versatility has spread and it’s since become a confirmed staple in casual streetwear wardrobes.

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Photographed: Arlen Cotton Twill Zip Up Jacket ($143)

Harrington jackets

If you’re not already acquainted, the Harrington jacket is like the smarter older brother of the bomber. Distinctive by its collared neckline, a straight-cut, non-elasticated Harrington jacket, like this one from Arlen, will streamline your silhouette and remove any emphasis from your chest. A Harrington with an elasticated waist or cuffs can pull or gather if the top half of your jacket is tight. So simply opt for a more tailored style, and your jacket looks instantly sleek and smart.

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Words: Ella White
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Toby Standing