Style Pick of the Week: Line of Trade Portland Rain Jacket

Line of Trade, Portland Rain Jacket

Simple on the surface, but highly functional and ready for spring elsewhere.

If you’re not familiar with the pleasingly rugged, classic outerwear, shirting and gear from Line of Trade at Bespoke Post, it’s high time indeed that you got very, very familiar. They consistently make, among other categories, some of the best jackets for men in any season, and that holds true with the Line of Trade Portland Rain Jacket. As ever, Bespoke Post assuredly knows what it’s doing with this in-house brand, and the result is one of the best spring rain jackets you’re going to layer up with for the weeks ahead — in short, don’t delay! But let’s get into what makes it so special, shall we? Allow me to tell you why this is one heck of a must-buy rain jacket for men. First off, you can get this jacket as a standalone style favorite, or you can pick up the Bespoke Post Downpour Box, one of the latest and greatest monthly subscription boxes from the NYC-based retailer (one of my favorite online retailers, I should add). So it’s got both affordability and ease of access going for it, and that’s not to be overlooked these days. Naturally, the Line of Trade Portland Rain Jacket also checks all the right boxes in terms of style and utility (more on both in a moment).

SHOP: The Line of Trade Portland Rain Jacket

 

Line of Trade Portland Rain Jacket reviews

Classic, crisp and functional — everything you could ask for in the best men’s spring rain jacket, right?

It’s got all the specs you could ever ask for in your new favorite rain jacket, including the fact that it’s lightweight and yet durable, so it’ll protect you from rain on the go without weighing you down. The Line of Trade Portland Rain Jacket features a cotton shell with a DWR, or durable water repellent, coating for maximum water resistance. The fact that it’s built with three layers of fabric and a 5K waterproof rating is also critical. In short, it packs in a lot of functionality (including taped seams to keep water out) into a subtle and stylish package. The storm flap front closure also manages to keep water out, and the duckbill hood is a very nice touch in the midst of the worst spring rains possible. When you want a jacket for a downright steal ($45 via the Bespoke Post Downpour Box or just $100 on its own), it’s very clear that you want the Line of Trade Portland Rain Jacket.

The Friday Read: The Best Hair Pomades, The Coolest Jackets for Spring & Duke Cannon Grooming

Duke Cannon grooming review

Five of the best men’s grooming essentials to start this weekend the right way.

Alright, folks. You’ve got a lot on your to-do list, as do I, so let’s make hay while the sun shines and get into today’s Friday Read with a recommended weekend kickstart from one of my favorite grooming brands. If you read the blog, you’re familiar with Minnesota-based Duke Cannon, which makes cool grooming goods at affordable prices and supports veterans in the process. If not, you should know that (for starters), Duke Cannon gift sets deliver everything you need when it comes to men’s grooming essentials from A-to-Z, and that’s very good news for you (and anyone you know who needs a grooming upgrade this season). Case in point: The Duke Cannon Starting Five Bundle (as seen above), an easy and effective introduction to the Minneapolis-based brand, featuring the brand’s famed hair wash, plus body wash, face wash and Duke Cannon Proper Cologne to really round things out. I’m not saying it could be the best decision you make all weekend, but it could be one of the better ones.

Along with testing out my fair share of grooming products from Duke Cannon, I’ve got plenty more on my spring to-do list this weekend. I’ve started covering all things menswear at Jacob Graye, so be sure to check out my byline there. Oh, and there’s also the business of my (free) music-menswear-craft beer newsletter, The Style Guide In Brief — give it a read! Once I knock out my to-do list, I’m hoping to swing by Gold Star Beer Counter for an outdoor spring brew — it’s a perennial Brooklyn favorite, and all the better to enjoy a beer there now that temperatures are warming up. To get your own weekend rolling the right way, give these essential Friday reads and shopping picks a look below. Cheers, my friends!

Vuori Sunday Performance Joggers

A new favorite pair of laidback spring pants for all your adventures (and at-home lounging) this season.

  • Let’s get into the spirit of spring the right way — by talking about some of the best men’s pants for spring. Those pants, in fact, are shown above, and they’re coming at you courtesy of Vuori Clothing, a brand I’ve had the pleasure of testing out these past few weeks. To get even more specific, I’ve been testing out the Vuori Sunday Performance Joggers, and they’re even more essential for the season — for days at home and running errands around Brooklyn — then I had previously thought. The technical knit, moisture-wicking fabric and handy details like a side zip pocket make them your new favorite pair of pants (and mine!) this season.
Best men's pocket tees

Another weekend shopping recommendation for you, this time from a brand making one of your favorite T-shirts.

  • I’ve been talking pretty consistently about Alex Mill shirts and more from the NYC-based brand here on the blog, and with good reason. Allow me to offer up another spring shopping pick when it comes to essential Alex Mill menswear, the kind that’s classic and modern all at once. Case in point: One of the best men’s T-shirts just so happens to be this Alex Mill Vintage Wash Pocket Tee, made to fit perfectly and feel incredibly comfortable right out of the box. Start shopping for it, folks.
  • As mentioned above, well, here we go: My guide to the best hair pomades for GearMoose, all the better to get your hair and your grooming routine in the best shape possible this season. After all, you’re going to have to do up your hair eventually, right? Yes sir, yes sir.
  • Elsewhere on the writing front, I had a heck of a lot of fun covering the coolest spring jackets from some of your favorite brands, the kind that you know and love — I won’t spoil the surprise, but there are seven great picks for the best men’s spring jackets at Maxim this week. Cheers to the season, folks.

Speaking of toasting to the season, let me recommend one more pick for you — not a spirits selection, per se, but the kind of hard-wearing and yet laidback shirt you should wear for your spring imbibing sessions. Of course, that would be the Flint and Tinder Architect Shirt, as I covered here on the blog last week. It’s going to set you up for success in style, no doubt. Again, cheers to the weekend and stay safe out there!

 

The Thursday Buy: Layer Up The Right Way for Winter with This Classic Todd Snyder Jacket

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A terrific way to shake up your winter outerwear rotation, no questions asked.

As we roll through a new year, perhaps you’re realizing that your rotation of the best men’s winter jackets could use a little kick. Something that’s unique, eye-catching, classic and versatile, but with a nice shot of personal style. My friends, that’s where the Todd Snyder Harris Tweed Varsity Jacket comes into play, and it’s here in time to shake up those winter blues. Rest assured, this isn’t anything like that old varsity jacket you have from your letterman days, however. This is a modern take on the classic Harrington jacket, done up in a way that only one of the country’s best menswear designers can do. Yes indeed, the Todd Snyder Harris Tweed Varsity Jacket checks all the right boxes when it comes to a winter-ready pattern, excellent fabric and the sort of hybrid looks that work in situations both casual and dressy. How’s that for your new favorite jacket, ehh?

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Harris Tweed Varsity Jacket 

Todd Snyder Harris Tweed Varsity Jacket

This jacket is also available in a seriously cool Olive Harris Tweed.

It’s seriously as cool as it gets (style-wise), given that the fabric is classic Harris Tweed, known around these parts as “the good stuff,” if you will. And the pattern is striking and classic, ready to be paired with slim grey wool trousers and your favorite Chelsea boots just as easily as you can wear it with a Todd Snyder henley and some Todd Snyder selvedge denim. Of course, this classic bomber jacket isn’t cheap, and it’ll run you nearly $650 at Todd Snyder. But the upshot of all of this is that you’ll feel like a million bucks every time you wear it, and you can even team it with casual style staples like a Todd Snyder + Champion crewneck sweatshirt. How’s that for versatility in action? Yes indeed, your new favorite jacket is here in time to shake up winter. Act accordingly, folks.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Harris Tweed Varsity Jacket 

The Sunday Sale: Take 50 Percent Off This Refined Suede Jacket at the MR. PORTER Sale 

MR. PORTER Sale

A seriously refined, cool suede jacket you should snag for a nice deal right now .

To me, it’s always crucial to end the weekend on a high note, be it a Brooklyn stroll, a cold happy hour beer or of course, another edition of The Sunday Sale. That’s why we’re here, of course, and you’d do well very well to listen and read closely, because the ongoing MR. PORTER Sale is not to be missed. To dive right into it, that’s where you’ll find one of the best jackets for men right now, and at a great deal. Yes indeed, the Kingsman Slim-Fit Suede Jacket¬†can be yours for¬†50 percent off,¬†a deal that’s sure to upgrade your outerwear rotation as soon as you slip into one of the best men’s jackets for winter and beyond. To be sure, pieces from the film franchise-inspired Kingsman line, like the Kingsman Cashmere Cardigan, aren’t cheap, but they’re worth it in terms of style points and quality.

It’s not every day, or every month, or even every quarter, that you can get a deal on stylish men’s outerwear from a refined retailer like MR. PORTER, so it’s best you look sharp, check out top MR. PORTER sale picks and give special consideration to this refined and highly versatile suede jacket. Why invest in one of the best men’s suede jackets when it’s still, well, an investment at nearly $800 at MR. PORTER? Well, bear with me — and I’m glad you asked, my friend.

SHOP: The Kingsman Slim-Fit Suede Jacket 

KIngsman Suede Jacket

This stylish suede jacket is as well-made as your favorite blazer.

Consider it like the cooler version of your favorite blazer for Zoom calls or happy hours, and think of it like a sharper investment that you can wear as dressed-down or as dressed-up as you please. Seriously, the trucker jacket styling makes the Kingsman Slim-Fit Suede Jacket closer to a moto jacket or a denim jacket than even an unlined blazer, so you can rock this cool-as-can-be piece atop something as simple as a rugged henley or a grey long-sleeve T-shirt with ease.

Of course, the Kingsman Slim-Fit Suede Jacket ¬†also wears nicely with a classic Oxford shirt and slim blue jeans or tan chinos. The made-in-Italy construction and the hidden chest pocket flap buttons give this entire coat an incredibly sleek and refined look. Plus, who doesn’t love the highly versatile Olive Green suede shown here? It’s a winner all around. Again, keep in mind that you can get it at MR. PORTER for 50 percent off, and it’ll give you a leg up in all things stylish, sharp outerwear for years to come.

SHOP: The Kingsman Slim-Fit Suede Jacket 

The Thursday Buy: This Shearling Jacket from MR. PORTER Is a Seasonal Splurge Worth Buying

MR. PORTER review

A serious wardrobe upgrade that looks truly great any way you wear it.

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of MR. PORTER? Is it luxury menswear at prices both accessible and investment-worthy? It should be, especially as we roll into the holiday season — the holidays are indeed different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put your best foot forward in other ways when you (safely) exit the house. MR. PORTER has long been known for stocking and selling some of the best men’s jackets on the planet, from retailers far and wide — and its own in-house line MR. P is nothing to sneeze at, either. This MR. P Shearling-Trimmed Bomber Jacket just might take the cake as far as seasonal splurges and a great way to treat yourself heading into the holidays (if you feel so inclined). Make no mistake, this rugged-yet-refined shearling bomber jacket falls squarely within the realm of “investment-level outerwear,” seeing as you’d be ponying up more than $500 for a jacket that might not be a daily go-to. And yet, who’s to say you can’t rock this jacket on the daily, especially with staples like dark denim, a grey crewneck sweatshirt and brown leather moc toe boots?

SHOP: The MR. P Shearling-Trimmed Bomber Jacket 

A super-premium outerwear upgrade to wear all winter long.

It’s a one-of-a-kind offering in a seasonally friendly color that features an internal pocket for storage of EDC essentials, plus outer flap pockets to handle small holiday items (or a flask, perhaps). Call it one of the best jackets for men if you value staying warm in style, or call it a true splurge, but either way, there’s no denying the type of daily style and value it’ll offer. And you can even find ways to dress up the MR. P Shearling-Trimmed Bomber Jacket, perhaps with grey wool trousers, the aforementioned brown leather moc toe boots and a white Oxford shirt for day-to-night holiday style. When it comes down to it, that’s all you can ask for from one of the best men’s jackets, and that’s all you should need to ask. Cheers, my friends.

SHOP: The MR. P Shearling-Trimmed Bomber Jacket 

 

See Now, Buy Now: This Buck Mason Waxed Canvas Jacket Is Your New Favorite Jacket

Buck Mason Highland Jacket

Assuredly a rugged field jacket you won’t be able to get enough of this season.

Folks, as they say, read ’em and weep. Or rather, read all about this outstanding Buck Mason Highland Waxed Canvas Jacket and be astounded at how high-quality and dependable it’s going to be for the rest of this season … and years to come. If you follow the blog, you know that I’m a big fan of the all-American style being brought forth by Buck Mason, and that’s certainly true here when it comes to one of the best jackets for men (period) this season. A new introduction to the Buck Mason line earlier this fall, it’s every bit as reliable as one might expect when one the hunt for one of the best field jackets for men, and it offers something just different enough than other entries in the category, too. In fact, the Buck Mason Highland Waxed Canvas Jacket takes the traditional chore coat, modernizes the fit, uses classic Halley Stevenson waxed canvas fabric (some of the toughest jacket fabric on Earth), and does it all in a way that only Buck Mason can do.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Highland Waxed Canvas Jacket 

Buck Mason Waxed Canvas Highland Jacket

One of two rugged colors in which you can snag this unstoppable men’s jacket for winter.

This rugged waxed jacket checks all the right boxes if you seek a warm winter layer, from the weather-ready exterior to the fact that it’s lined with warm flannel blanket fabric. The exterior itself is a burly and tough 14oz. waxed canvas, all the better for taking on winter storms. A button chest pocket and two button hip pockets offer storage space for EDC essentials, while a chest patch pocket also provides space to store, say, your keys or a notebook and pen for chronicling your winter adventures. Simply put, the Buck Mason Highland Waxed Canvas Jacket is a next-level menswear offering you should feel confident wearing with plenty of other style staples (a rugged henley and faded black denim among them). Take this jacket, make it all your own and rock it for years and years to come.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Highland Waxed Canvas Jacket 

 

The Thursday Buy: This Billy Reid Hunting Jacket is the Best Jacket to Buy Now

A rugged jacket to wear all winter long from Billy Reid and Huckberry.

If you’ve been on the hunt for one of the best jackets for men, either as a gift for the style icon in your life or an addition to your own wardrobe, well, you’re in luck. The Billy Reid Hunting Jacket surely qualifies as one of the best men’s jackets on the market at the moment, with all the style points needed to shore up your winter outerwear rotation in fine form. In fact, it’s part of the Huckberry Style Icons Gift Shop, featuring some of the best gifts for the stylish guy in your life right now. It’s fitting that this handsome and rugged jacket makes an appearance there, because it fits right in with plenty of other classic style staples, and it’s destined to become a wardrobe go-to this season and beyond. Heck, it’s the type of seriously cool jacket you can wear even if you’ve¬†never¬†gone hunting, and that says a lot about the type of timeless quality, heritage and durability you’re getting from the Billy Reid for Huckberry Capsule Collection (this jacket is an exclusive piece, in that regard).

SHOP: The Billy Reid Hunting Jacket

Believe it or not, the Billy Reid Hunting Jacket is certainly worth the price tag ($495 at Huckberry), given that it’s coming from one of America’s foremost menswear designers. It features a tough exterior crafted from Halley Stevenson fabric, all the better to stand up to inclement winter weather, and it’s lined with faux fur for added warmth. Plus, the jacket itself is also insulated with a breathable poly fill for even more seasonally ready functionality. The Billy Reid Hunting Jacket is the kind of rugged-yet-casual jacket that looks great paired up with anything, be it a chambray shirt and black denim or a classic henley and olive chinos for a bit of monochromatic winter style. Take the Billy Reid Hunting Jacket, make it all your own and reap the rewards of seasonal style.

SHOP: The Billy Reid Hunting Jacket

See Now, Buy Now: The Buck Mason Bunker Twill Field Jacket Belongs In Your Closet Right Now

A tough field jacket is always deserving of a spot in your wardrobe.

Make no mistake: This time of year, there’s no excuse for skimping on your outerwear or your layering game — and that means you should accept nothing less than top-notch quality in terms of the best men’s jackets for your wardrobe. Enter Buck Mason and the Buck Mason Bunker Twill Field Jacket, a reliable, rugged field jacket to keep on-hand in place of a blazer or as a crucial layering move underneath your favorite parka. But why a classic field jacket, and why now? Well, it’s always nice to mix things up through the doldrums of winter — and while you won’t be able to wear this jacket through a polar vortex, there are plenty of other opportunities to get tons of mileage out of the Buck Mason Bunker Twill Field Jacket. As we’ve said, it’s a solid change of pace when you want to swap out your blazer — simply add a classic white Oxford shirt and your favorite five-pocket pants. It’s part-jacket, part-shirt, and all the better for it.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Bunker Twill Field Jacket
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Perfect to wear atop a crisp white T-shirt or your favorite henley.

This classic shirt jacket also has the kind of hybrid style that can come in handy if you need an extra layer underneath your puffer jacket, or atop a flannel shirt — don’t underestimate how many different ways you can wear one of the best men’s jackets. Heading out for travel? Throw on this shirt-jacket hybrid and use it to stow your everyday carry essentials. Grabbing a weekend coffee? Wear¬† this rugged field jacket atop your favorite henley (as mentioned above). Need a layer to bolster your cozy thermal shirt? This classic shirt jacket is the one you need now. OK, do we have all of that down? Let me know how you’d style this handsome number in the comments below.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Bunker Twill Field Jacket

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Style Pick of the Week: Bridge & Burn Marshall Jacket

The potential for matching jackets AND performance-minded style? Not bad at all.

When inclement weather rolls into town this season, you need to be prepared — and what better place to turn than longtime Style Guide favorite Bridge & Burn, effortlessly¬† cool and functional gear purveyors of particularly rugged Northwest style? That’s certainly quite the brand descriptor, but it’s a fitting one given that Bridge & Burn is now making your new favorite jacket, the seriously cool and rugged Bridge & Burn Marshall Jacket. It could just be the ideal jacket for a fall weekend, what with its multi-faceted durability and style — would you expect anything less? If you know the¬† brand (and particularly if you remember my Bridge & Burn Q&A from a few years back!), then you’ll recall that they simply don’t skimp when it comes to fabric, fit or quality — and that’s the case with its stylish Oxford shirts as well as this rugged jacket, one of the best men’s jackets you can grab (and layer up) right now.
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Now, we’ve talked about the need for a closet stocked with versatile outerwear when the weather starts to act up — that includes items like a classic denim jacket or a stylish moto jacket as well as the more technically savvy Bridge & Burn Marshall Jacket; yet, where does the style aspect come into play? Unlike other overly performance-heavy fall jackets, which often lack some style points, the Bridge & Burn Marshall Jacket simply delivers on all fronts.

SHOP: The Bridge & Burn Marshall Jacket

The rich fall color is a perfect pairing with functional features from Bridge & Burn.

As sold by the fine folks at Huckberry, this is one of the best men’s jackets for fall, all thanks to water and wind-resistant construction (topped off with the excellent Forest color as seen above). Flannel lining and a large hood ensures you’ll stay warm and cozy no matter the situation, while front button-snap hip pockets provide that critical bit of space for your everyday carry essentials. The fact that it’s lined with cotton flannel gives it an added touch of fall-ready style, too — it’s perfect to layer up with your favorite crewneck sweatshirt and slim faded denim, and you can even throw it on over a classic Oxford shirt and tan chinos to head to the office on a breezy commute (just step out with some new leather chukka boots to finish off the look). Of course, when the weekend rolls back around, the Bridge & Burn Marshall Jacket works perfectly to get out of town and hit the trail. Take note — it’s time to layer up.

SHOP: The Bridge & Burn Marshall Jacket
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What to Wear Today: A Fall-Ready Leather Jacket

Editor’s note: For other What To Wear Today features, head here.

A sold-out style via Taylor Stitch that gets a lot of the details right when it comes to the perfect leather jacket.

A sold-out style via Taylor Stitch that gets a lot of the details right when it comes to the perfect leather jacket.

While we talked fairly recently on The Style Guide about how to transition your style into fall, there’s one key move that can really help you up your fall style game. In addition to looking for items that incorporate more texture into an outfit — like a thicker watch strap or some roughout leather boots — there’s one piece that adds instant style cred to any ensemble. I touched on the importance of a great fall jacket pretty recently, and when you reach for leather outerwear, it’s a gamechanger. There’s a whole host of styles within that leather jacket family that you can reach for, from shearling coats to more classic racer styles, but one thing’s for sure — a leather jacket is no ordinary piece of outerwear. If you do fancy a substantially deeper dive, head on over to my buddy Barron’s Web site Effortless Gent for a fantastic primer on what sets certain leather jackets apart from the rest; know that for now, it’s a piece that’s dressier than a denim jacket, cooler than a blazer and just as ready for tailored gear as casual wear.

A modern update to a classic style via J. Crew. That's exactly how your leather jacket should fit.

A modern update to a classic style via J. Crew. That’s exactly how your leather jacket should fit.

While some might associate leather jackets with poorly fitting versions of old, a great leather jacket nowadays is cut slim and trim, like your aforementioned favorite blazer. While the style shown at the top from Taylor Stitch has unfortunately been pre-funded and isn’t up for sale, it does a nice job of capturing what you want in your leather jacket. It doesn’t feature too many bells and whistles, unlike some styles. While black leather jackets favored by rock stars and the like can actually be pretty cool, it might not be the best pick to reach for if you want to wear a leather jacket in place of a blazer. No, the best leather jackets are slim, trim and clean-cut. The Wallace & Barnes MA-1 Jacket from J. Crew gets it right. It’s prohibitively expensive, to be sure, but it’s a classic silhouette that can be dressed up with some grey wool trousers or dressed down with dark denim and a henley. If you’re looking to closely replicate that style for far less, grab this number from H&M — but be warned, it’s probably not the highest quality. ASOS also stocks a plethora of leather jacket options, but some look pretty questionable as far as quality goes.

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Shearling is also having a moment right now when it comes to leather jackets — it’s another classic tough-guy style that’s gotten a modern update thanks to a slimmer silhouette (and a higher price tag). J. Crew again nails this style with this sherpa-collar number from Wallace & Barnes, yet the price of that one piece alone is enough to make most of us turn and run. And therein lies the difficulty if you decide to go the shearling route — there simply aren’t many cheap shearling options out there. It seems that wool-blend jackets with shearling accents represent a more affordable option (particularly this Golden Bear piece for Club Monaco), but that’s not really why we’re here, is it?

While not technically a leather jacket, this wool bomber from Frank & Oak gets the details right.

While not technically a leather jacket, this wool bomber from Frank & Oak gets the details right.

So be prepared to pay more if you throw on additional, pricier accents like shearling. Suede presents another take on the classic leather jacket — but like the J. Crew bomber as featured in my latest Effortless Gent piece, there aren’t exactly all that many cheap suede bomber options out there, either  (take, for example, this $1,800 Club Monaco jacket). And you know when James Bond steps out in a suede bomber, it’s a costly trend worth watching. Yet, the biggest key when searching for (and styling) a leather jacket still revolves around looking for a sustainable investment. For example, Frank & Oak, whose monthly Hunt Club crates are always a hit, produces what looks like to be a nice leather bomber  for about half of what J. Crew charges, although sizes are going very quickly. Some of its wool-and-leather varsity bombers (pictured above) made in partnership with Golden Bear also look to be a very solid bet.

And while a varsity bomber might not be the ideal leather jacket style, it can still be dressed up or down in the same way as a pricier leather piece. Contrasting pieces that add in cold-weather texture, like a knit tie or waffle henley, are going to stand up to the style just fine. The same goes for suede bombers, too.

Stick in the same color family when wearing an edgier moto jacket and you'll be just like Beckham. Well, maybe not just like him...

Stick in the same color family when wearing an edgier moto jacket and you’ll be just like Beckham. Well, maybe not just like him…

And if by some chance you do get your hands on a more classic leather jacket, any number of styling combinations are at your disposal. Try out a crisp moto jacket with  solid tee, a la Mr. Beckham, and consider yourself set for a night out on the town. Conversely, you can pair a classic Harrington-style leather jacket with a white Oxford and navy knit tie — that Club Monaco option is pricey, without a doubt, but you get the idea. Rocking a slightly edgier jacket in place of say, a more traditional fall coat is a style move that can really represent a big forward step — picking up a versatile piece of outerwear and being able to pair it with everything from casual to sharp combos is the mark of a good investment. If you shop right, you might end up looking like Mr. Beckham up there.

Do you own a leather jacket? How do you feel about this fall style move?