Lachy Larmour Tackles Men’s Winter Jackets

Posted on May 22, 2012


With a typical Melbourne winter, comes typical Melbourne worries – Where will I eat my comfort food? Who will watch DVDs with me? How much are tickets to Bali at the moment? And the inevitable ‘What type of jacket should I wear this year if I want to look hot and get laid?’

A very legitimate concern! One never wants to spend winter in Melbourne being either cold or unfashionable, or even worse – suffer from blue balls.

So here I present to you my pick of the bunch of men’s winter jackets on offer this season.

Jack London’s Burlington Bomber – $249.00
Screaming of post WWII London, this wool blend number of Jack’s comes in navy or black and has a button closure (very stylish, but inconvenient when taking on or off in a hurry…or a bomb raid…) and stylised shawl collar – ideal for pairing with a scarf or buttoned business shirt to either dress it up or down. A simple and stress-free solution to the winter chills.

Ben Sherman’s Classic Harrington – €99.90
Another bomber number from British Ben Sherman (see a pattern…?), the Classic Harrington this year is proof that colour blocking was not a one-summer-fad. An easy number to zip up over a tee or zip down with a polo, the Classic Harrington is a stress free wind-breaker which just needs a tee or two underneath to keep you snug, thanks to the lack of wool.

Wet & Wendy’s Smartcoat – $189.95
A sophisticated and novel approach to the men’s coat, this raincoat-cum-overcoat by Melbourne brand Wet & Wendy is made of waterproof and yet breathable material and comes in its own neat little drawstring bag. More for dryness, rather than warmth, the Smartcoat however plays true to its name – it’s easily worn over a suit, or knit, and is a handy stow-it-all thanks to the plethora of huge pockets.

Jack & Jones’ Intelligence Fellow Jacket – $108.00
A modern take on the fisherman’s parker, J&J’s little piece here offers a tone of psychedelic blue which will make you look more cheery than bleery this winter. Yum. Again, a piece for coupling with a warm pumper underneath, the Intelligence Fellow is cool, but still wearable to work (if you work at a nightclub). Couple it with some skinny jeans and you’re good to go.

WeSC’s Oaklin Hooded Jacket – $140.95
Who said chambray was a summer fabric? A cool fusion of hoodie and jacket, WeSC have produced a Hacket (get it?) which is novel enough to get people looking twice, but still maintains a nice degree of subtlety in its white stitching and fitted cuffs. Effortlessly fetch. Wear it by itself (for that Bronx look) or with a bright tee underneath (for that more….Fitzroy edginess).

Elvine’s Ed Washed Cotton Hooded Parka Coat – $223.85
Mainly included in this article for it’s awesome neck, the Parka Coat by Elvine is a longer take on the fisherman’s parker (again… see a pattern?) with longer sleeves to clench your fists in during those frosty mornings and fishtail reverse side to stop your bum getting wet on the bus stop seats. Brrr. 100% cotton and totally machine washable, this number’s mostly for looks rather than functionality.


Lachy Larmour is a contributor to You’re Dripping Egg, in addition to being a high-powered advertising man. He also enjoys a bit of online shopping. For more from Lachy, check out his festive ElfYourself article.

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