A sharper varsity jacket, a bolder overcoat, a cooler blazer, and more.
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The New Old School
Your fall outerwear stalwarts—wool blazers, varsity jackets, even those ultrapreppy toggle coats—are officially getting a seriously cool, urban overhaul. (See, respectively: detachable hoods, performance fabrics, crazy stylish patterns.) We’ll help you choose the right rugged layer for you. Bonus: The right getup for any party.
Yes, this blazer from Vince Camuto comes equipped with a removable hood. That means all you big-armed guys who’d love to rock a hoodie under your blazer—but can’t take the bulk of multiple layers—are officially good to go.
Set yourself apart with this fresh take on a military-type coat from Tommy Hilfiger. It’s got the requisite warmth and traditional styling but also features snappy Hudson Bay striping across the bottom, which elevates it to “instant classic” status.
Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger, $450; Sweater: Uniqlo, $100; Jeans: AG Jeans, $225
Sure, it was cool that your high school letter jacket had your jersey number on the sleeve. But you know what was even cooler about it? Its comfort and versatility. Now, you can’t relive those halcyon days, but you can graduate to something better—like this streamlined, stylish Perry Ellis bomber.
This often stuffy Ivy League classic has never looked fresher. Michael Kors’ toggle coat is made of durable wool, with a detachable hood and snazzy plaid lining. After all, if you’re dressing like an investment banker, why not look like a cool investment banker?
Coat: Michael Kors, $795; Jacket: Michael Kors, $395; Shirt: Bonobos, $98; Tie: The Tie Bar, $19; Pants: Hickey Freeman, $295; Belt: Nautica, $40; Watch: Bulova, $350
You’ve got a black topcoat. Fine. But why not rev things up this fall in rich rust, olive, and bordeaux? In other words: this plaid number from Hickey Freeman. No matter what you layer it over, it’ll still look like Steve McQueen would’ve worn it.
Coat: Hickey Freeman, $1,895; Sweater: Jack Spade, $168; Watch: TAG Heuer, $3,500