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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What to Wear Today: A Fall-Ready Leather Jacket

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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?