Style Pick of the Week: Levi’s Made & Crafted Type II Trucker Jacket

A newly iconic silhouette from an iconic brand.

Does it get much better when it comes to classic spring style than an equally classic denim jacket from Levi’s? Not really, folks. The rugged, timeless denim jacket is a surefire way to take your spring style from good to great, especially when that jacket happens to be the Levi’s Made & Crafted Type II Trucker Jacket — in short, it’s the one piece of spring outerwear you need now. And what can it do that other jackets can’t? Plenty. It’s got a unique silhouette designed with the open road in mind — Levi’s pioneered the trucker jacket, with its multitude of pockets, for West Coast explorers and Gold Rush diggers, and that same heritage and history can be found in the Levi’s Made & Crafted Type II Trucker Jacket today. In fact, it’s all the more helpful that the Made & Crafted line itself plays off that heritage in a way that’s even more authentic than the regular Levi’s main line. Designs happen to be based on archival styles from the brand, so it’s no surprise that they’ve crushed it with the Levi’s Made & Crafted Type II Trucker Jacket.

So, what makes the timeless denim jacket a worthwhile addition to your spring outerwear rotation, particularly when you might be more inclined to reach for a weather-ready waxed canvas jacket or a water-resistant parka? Well, those styles are all well and good … but none of them can match the rugged versatility of the Levi’s Made & Crafted Type II Trucker Jacket, and that’s just … the way it is.

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Authentic detailing lifts this jacket a cut above the rest.

The Levi’s Made & Crafted Type II Trucker Jacket also features the sort of stylish details and easygoing appeal you’d expect from a spring denim jacket, including the use of 100 percent cotton. That makes it an easy choice to wear with laidback spring essentials, from a crisp white tee and tan chinos to suede chukka boots, black denim and a white Oxford shirt (a suitably edgy mix of high-low style).

The Levi’s Made & Crafted Type II Trucker Jacket also features the perfect amount of room for your everyday carry essentials, what with front hip patch pockets. Again, this underrated denim jacket is unique, eye-catching and absolutely ready for whatever you throw at it, from patio happy hours to farmer’s market visits to a weekend brewery tour (and then some). It’s assuredly what you would expect when on the hunt for a classic denim jacket from Levi’s — what are you waiting for?

#OOTD: How to Dress for a Weekend Coffee Date

Editor’s note: You’ve surely seen this hashtag lots of different places, including on Instagram. But how does that carry over to real life? The #OOTD will take one great item and put together a versatile, stylish outfit around it. Look for past features here.

The more you get into menswear and the art of dressing well, the more you realize how many situations it can help you through — that’s something I’m still learning everyday. That is to say, everything from your morning coffee run to what to wear to the gym are chances to extend and improve your personal sense of style (says the guy who wears old college tees to work out sometimes). The smallest situations and style details really do help set you apart, and that’s the approach we’re taking in today’s #OOTD. It’s a pretty specific situation — perhaps date isn’t the right word, but know that even when dashing out to grab coffee, it’s still a chance to look put-together. That goes for whether you’re meeting a friend, a date, your dog, your cat … you get the picture. And, it gives you an excuse to work more excellent #menswear into your rotation — that’s what we do at The Style Guide, folks. Plus, assuming it’s well and truly fall weather, it’s a nice chance to break out a few extra casual layers (or, you could just stick with that Taylor Stitch chambray shirt in the heat) and a great watch. There’s plenty more in store — read on below, and get more daily style inspiration via Instagram.

ootd-weekend-coffeeThe Overshirt: Bridge and Burn Flint Overshirt, $182 — It’s a shirt! It’s a jacket! It’s a shirt-jacket, and with a neat cotton flannel lining and a rich indigo dye, it’s just the right weight to throw during a crisp Saturday or Sunday morning.

The Sweatshirt: Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt (Available via East Dane), $98 — This sweatshirt is a stone-cold classic — add it into the essential menswear lexicon for the well-dressed guy. It’s clean, classic and again, a perfect layering weight for fall. Snag it here.

The Shirt: Taylor Stitch Everyday Chambray Shirt, $118 — Whether you go with white or classic blue, the Taylor Stitch Everyday Chambray Shirt is another absolute essential.

The Chinos: Levi’s Made & Crafted Slim Fit Chinos (Available via East Dane), $178 — These Levi’s Made & Crafted chinos are indeed pricey, but well-made, easily wearable for casual situations and a nice weekend upgrade from denim (although that works here, too).

The Sneakers: SeaVees Huckberry Chukka, $98 — Since you’re wearing a classic chambray shirt and chinos, it’s OK to go a bit more casual with these durable sneakers — the perfect weight, color and cut for fall.

The Socks: Anonymous-ism 5-Color Crew Mix Socks (Available via East Dane), $25 Anonymous-ism socks are some of the best money can buy — your feet will thank you for this style splurge.

The Watch: KOMONO Walther Cognac, $179.95  — The Walther is the latest release from a new line being done by KOMONO — the brand’s Crafted Collection features a higher price point and premium materials, plus excellent design. Read a full KOMONO product review here.

The Belt: Anderson’s Stretch Woven Grey Belt, $116.98 — As with other Anderson’s belts, this one is going to cost you — but you get a belt that’s durable, comfortable and on-point stylistically (the texture fits right in with the colder climes of fall).

There are certain style moves that just work when it comes down to it — grabbing a stylish chambray shirt will serve you well, as will layering up with a Todd Snyder x Champion crewneck sweater. The slim-fit chinos and SeaVees sneakers blend sporty and tailored style, and premium finishing touches like those Anonymous-ism socks truly make a world of difference — and a heck of an impression, while we’re at it. The situation is surely different than dressing for a first date, but it’s no less important to look your best — even if you’re just relaxing over coffee with your dog, or your cat, or a book. Got questions, suggestions, additions or deletions? Drop me a line on Twitter.

Stay stylish,

-Beau

Buck Mason - Timeless Design. Made in America.