Quilted jackets bridge the gap between country sportswear and more formal daywear. They take you from a country walk with the dog, to a pub lunch with friends, to an excellent way to keep your suit dry during your daily commute. They also look pretty snazzy. Here are five first-rate reasons to snap up a quilted jacket.
A staple from the stable of the equestrian set, quilted jackets have long since hurdled the fence into all-round menswear. And for good reason – these jackets skillfully combine exquisite gents tailoring with the wherewithal to keep you warm whether you’re out on the gallops or on your way into work.
As with all the best modern classics, our quilted jackets adhere to traditional tailoring cues, but the materials are up to the minute. The soft fleece lining and polyester top layer make an excellent combination, keeping you toasty and dry, without weighing you down, while you get on with your day.
Its roots in hunting, shooting and fishing give the quilted jacket a gentlemanly kudos other coats can’t match. It’s what makes this semi-formal top coat refined enough for work without being too stuffy for an informal lunch with friends.
The contrasting corduroy collar and cuffs also make for a nice feature, adding a tactile detail which lifts the jacket to a higher level of sartorial elegance. Wear yours with a corduroy or tweed flat cap, fisherman’s jumper and twill, moleskin or tweed trousers.
Cold weather dress is all about layering, which is where a quilted jacket really comes into its own. Because it’s made of layers stitched together to form the the classic diamond pattern, a quilted jacket traps air, making it very warm and lightweight.
When it’s frosty out, start with an undershirt, go for a soft, cosy tattersall shirt as your next layer, add a jumper, and use your quilted jacket as a top later.
Colder still? Add a tweed jacket with the quilted jacket over the top. Truly Arctic? Bung a greatcoat over the lot and even the next ice age won’t crease your brow.
Forgotten your brolly? Don’t get caught out when the weather takes a sudden change for the worse. Made to shrug off a shower or two, a quilted jacket is an excellent option to have on standby.
Your quilted jacket also scores points where gilets and puffers miss the mark, because being longer than either, the quilted jacket keeps your lower back warm when icy winds blow.
Speaking of which, this coat is a very handy item to keep in the car. Even the most regularly maintained motor breaks down occasionally, and what better way to make sure you’re not left shivering at the side of the road, than by slipping into your quilted jacket while you wait for the AA.
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Too cold to go without a coat, too warm for your winter duffel? Better reach for your quilted jacket. As well as being a great winter layer, this coat is an ideal choice for the unpredictable weather conditions offered up by the spring and autumn seasons.
Wear your quilted jacket as part of a lighter spring ensemble by pairing it with a tasteful check shirt, chinos and country boots. Or go autumnal by opting for tweed trousers, cotton twill shirt and Nordic-style sweater, with your quilted jacket worn as a top layer.
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