Shopping Guide: The Best Men’s Lightweight Jackets, Part I

October 31st, 2005

Part I of Style Intelligence Report’s guide to Men’s Lightweight Jackets, brought to you by the request of Mat.

We’re splitting up this article into two sections because of the large number of great jackets we saw out there while perusing the racks. In this post, Part I, we present the best Casual jackets. In Part II, we’ll bring to you the best in semiformal jacket options. Happy shopping!

Nylon Fill Jacket

Nylon Fill Jacket | $125 at Banana Republic

The quintessential fall weather jacket, with versions found at BR, Gap, Express, etc. year after year after year. Basic, but functional. The selling point? It works with everything in your wardrobe.

CK Jeans Bomber Jacket

CK Jeans Bomber Jacket | $98 at Macy’s

What can we say, we just love the look of bomber jackets on men (and women, for that matter).

Canvas Safari Jacket

Canvas Safari Jacket | $145 at Armani Exchange

What’s great about this jacket? The oversized pockets (good for storing your keys, wallet, iPod, cell phone..), the drawstring waistline, the stand collar, and the tailored seamlines.

Avant Zip Up Track Jacket

Avant Zip Up Track Jacket | $89 at Ben Sherman USA

Track Jackets are the New hoodie, remember? They’re great for a sporty, youthful look. Plus, they’re comfortable. We like the contrast striping on the arms on this jacket–a nice alternative to the standard across-chest striping.

G Star Studs Twill Jacket

G Star Studs Twill Jacket | $190 at Urban Outfitters

We love the architectural look of this streamlined motorcycle jacket. The front zipper is slightly offset and the two side pocket zippers are intentionally uneven for a distinctive look. If your style is a little off the mainstream, this jacket is for you!

Paul Frank Bomber Jacket

Paul Frank Bomber Jacket | $140 at Urban Outfitters

This jacket feels very 1970s chic, but in a good way. We appreciate the contrast collar, the shoulder yoke, and the color (we heart Green). And hey, quilted jackets are Hot right now.

Members Only Jacket

Members Only Jacket | $59 at Urban Outfitters

Classic Americana, and it can be Yours for well under $100! This coat stays true to the original, with the tabbed collar, soft elastic at the cuffs, hem, and chest pocket, side slit pockets, epaulets, and of course, the Members Only logo patch.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anonymous  |  October 31st, 2005 at 7:33 pm

    Ha. If only you had done a 3/4 to topcoat length review before last Friday…

  • 2. Trisha  |  November 1st, 2005 at 12:41 am

    Next time, feel free to shoot us an email when you’re looking for something in particular. We’re always looking for story ideas…

  • 3. philip r. cagle  |  February 19th, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    I have looked everywhere for a a small member’s only lightweight jacket

  • 4. Jack Finucane  |  August 20th, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    Trying to find a size 42 Member’s Only Jacket – need help – heard that they have been discontinued at Urban Outfitters.

  • 5. Trisha  |  August 24th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Jack,

    I’d try eBay for the Member’s Only Jacket. Here’s a search for the members only jacket in size 42.


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