Winter in the UK hits harder than a slap in the face from a wet fish. To tackle the sudden freeze head on, invest in a jacket that’ll not only keep the cockles warm, but offer a conversation starter beyond “can you believe the weather?”
There are a load of jackets to pick from this season, from classic puffers by 66°North to military bombers by Acne Studios. Palace is offering up some parkas, while Stone Island is getting into the Crimbo spirit with a Grinch-green take on the Naslan. Here’s our edit of the best jackets to buy this winter.
Forget blending in, Palace’s camo parka is a proper head turner that will keep you one step ahead of winter’s unpredictable weather, thanks to its Gore-Tex membrane. And as with all of the skate brand’s outerwear pieces, it also features practical additions like hand warmer pockets, adjustable cuffs and hood, and a down lining for extra warmth.
We want to get our hands on pretty much everything from Glenn Martens’ Diesel, but this J‑Eleven military jacket is certainly up there on the list. Inspired by the Italian brand’s sexy archive, the jacket features water-repellent waxed cotton, detachable patch pockets and a loose fit, nipped just at the waist to help extend those legs.
For a jacket that doubles up as a duvet, go for Stüssy’s micro ripstop hooded parka, which comes with a cosy 800 fill white goose down. Available in orange, black or off-white, the jacket’s main event is in the hood, which zips right up to the neck and encases the face like a sort-of balaclava. Hood up, cold out.
Alright, so this Evisu denim jacket won’t shield you from frostbite. But still, with a slew of Christmas parties and “smart casual” shindigs to attend this December, the Japanese denim brand’s camo jacquard jacket is a good place to start when it comes to looking the part. It will look just as decent with a pair of smart, tailored trousers as it will with a pair of trackies the morning after.
The Icelandic outerwear brand are making their presence known in the UK, having just opened their very first UK store on London’s Regent Street. Founded in 1926, 66°North has been expertly making protective clothing for Icelandic fishermen for the best part of a century, and has even supplied the Icelandic Search and Rescue team with gear since 1928. Make no mistake: when it comes to practical, innovative outwear, these guys know what they’re doing.
With a proclivity for the practical, C.P Company’s Nycra‑R jacket pulls no punches. It features the Italian brand’s signature, removable goggles and hidden pockets. But the star of the show is the Nycra fabric, which is woven with a super fine fibre upcycled from fishing nets. It’s all supplied by Econyl, a company dedicated to the recycling of used nylon.
This is not your average jacket. Made from 100 per cent lambskin (sorry vegans), Bottega Veneta’s buttery leather coat is a treat for the ages – and one to hold onto for a lifetime. It’ll make a dent in your wallet, yes, but leather should feel like a luxury, shouldn’t it? Besides, with a fit like that…
While Burberry’s best known for producing some of the finest macs and trench coats, this parka is a real sort. Featuring a tunnel-neck for insulation, it’s cut to an oversized fit with enough padding to protect against any storm. And with a packaway design, the coat can easily be taken off, shoved away and carried on the back (it comes complete with interior straps). Hands-free 2.0.
Often, MA‑1 bombers need nothing more than what they already offer. That’s to say, a practical piece that delivers on comfort, ease and durability. Contrasted with checkered cuffs, Acne Studios’ flourish on its satin bomber jacket doesn’t mess with a classic – it adds to it. And with a voluminous, relaxed fit, this bomber’s safe to layer up in without looking like a stuffed olive.
As part of the 8 Moncler collaboration with Palm Angels, the Italian outerwear brand’s classic Clancy jacket is turned up a few notches with red-hot flame motifs set against a mustard yellow. Made from nylon and featuring léger lining, this down-filled puffer is a sure-fire head-turner.
Carhartt’s Hadwin jacket is inspired by military field jackets. Although the style was originally designed for purpose, they’re now also a breezy way to look cool and casual. Made from cotton and Ottoman nylon, the Hadwin features spacious front patch pockets and a stand-up collar concealing a stowable hood.
There’s something about this Stone Island number that feels every bit as festive as a sprig of holly. Maybe it’s the green, or the collar that vaguely resembles the triangle choccy in a box of Quality Street. Either way, the Naslan Light Watro Down is a special one. Made from light, durable and abrasion-resistant fabric, which has been resin-treated to achieve mild wind and water resistance, the lining is also padded with cosy feathers. It’s just what we’ve come to expect from the Italian brand, which is always one step ahead when it comes to tech-wear.
Sitting somewhere between a blazer and leather biker, this jacket is super soft thanks to its lambskin finish. Plus, the boxy fit is casual enough for day and night – the ultimate companion when a simple jeans and T‑shirt combo needs elevating.
If you’re in the market for a classic staple, Alexander McQueen’s got you covered with this puffer jacket from its McQueen Graffiti collection. With a close fit, the jacket is less oversized than standard puffers, but exaggerated padding and tonal graffiti logo on the back of the collar makes it special enough to trump most other puffers out there.