The Anatomy of a Suit Jacket: A Comprehensive Vocabulary

Suits come in two basic flavors–single and double breasted–but, beyond that, a suit jacket is one of the most complex tailored items out there, made up of numerous component parts that we may not think about that much. However, each aspect of a suit’s design adds something to how it looks on you. In this article, we’ll review the anatomy of a suit, with an emphasis on the important terminology used to describe its various features.

What is a “Suit”?

Though it may seem obvious, it may be worth mentioning first of all that a suit is comprised of a jacket and pants in matching fabric that forms a set, hence its name in French: complet. As Sven Raphael Schneider has explained elsewhere, the modern English word comes from the French suivre, “to follow,” with the pants following the jacket (or vice versa). When I’ve worn a sport coat and non-matching trousers, I’ve received compliments on my “suit,” which is technically incorrect, though as a gentleman, I accept the compliment without correction. One thing this error does reveal is the primacy of the suit jacket–the pants are mostly an afterthought–and we too will focus our attention on the jacket where most of a suit’s defining features are concentrated.

Raphael Navy DB Suit Fort Belvedere Bow tie, pocket square and boutonniere

Sven Raphael Schneider in a Navy Double-Breasted Suit

When I first started buying suits as a younger man, I thought they were all essentially the same, and in my mind, I was picturing the typical cut of a suit sold in Macy’s—loose fitting yet quite structured, with padded shoulders and a boxy cut. This never really sat well on my body, so I ended up avoiding suits altogether–until I learned to see all the individual elements that go into their design. Just like many working mechanical parts and design features come together to make a Ferrari look and run like a Ferrari and a Toyota look and run like a Toyota, not all suits are alike. I was amazed to see how a change to just one element of a suit’s design can affect its overall look and style.

Lapels

A suit’s lapels are a major factor in shaping the impression of a suit, as they are a prominent design feature right in the center and close to eye level. Lapels can be defined as flaps of fabric on each side of the suit jacket immediately below the collar and folded back. This “folding back” is best captured in the French name revers, also used in Italian, which emphasizes a turning back of the fabric direction.

Of the two lapel possibilities on a suit (excluding the shawl lapels on dinner jackets), the more common is the notch lapel, where the bottom of the collar meets the lapel at an angle that creates a v-shaped notch (called the cran in French tailoring terminology). The Brits see this as a “stepped lapel” while Italians call it “toothed” (a dente); you can picture two teeth on a saw or of a shark. Notched lapels only appear on single-breasted suit jackets.
Green suit with Orange shantung tie

Notch lapel

Peak lapels can appear on single-breasted suits too but are de rigueur with a double-breasted. When I first started looking at suit styles some years ago, I found it difficult to distinguish the peak lapel from the notch lapel in some cases because the peak lapel can also form an opening where it joins the collar. This spot–the meeting point of collar and lapel–is called the gorge. The key distinction is that the peak lapel ends in a point that juts out beyond the collar, which the Italians call a lancia or a punta: spear or point. Peak lapels are more formal than notch lapels and project a greater sense of authority, which is why they often featured on power suits as well as on tuxedos and morning coats. For this reason, wearing peak lapels can be a daring workplace move unless one is already in a position of power.
Gianni Agnelli and his Patek Philippe 1415 HU, or Universal Time

Gianni Agnelli projecting authority in a peak lapel suit.

Whether there is a peak or notch lapel, the angle of the gorge and the shape of its opening have been subject to multiple variations, past and present. A higher gorge lapel with peaks angled upward, for example, can create an added sense of height in the wearer, something achieved by Cifonelli suits. However, as a general rule, the gorge should line up with your shoulder if you took a ruler and laid it horizontally from the there to your arm.
Gorge height

Gorge height often meets your shoulder line.

Another way to think about this is that the gorge should rest on your collarbone. Still, gorge height can vary. Suits from the early to mid 20th century tend to have a lower gorge, and it has begun to migrate upwards in recent years toward the top of the shoulder, so it is sometimes barely visible from the front. The latter appear especially in Italian tailoring, including Sartoria Rossi and Cesare Attolini. A low gorge can be seen as either dated or classic depending on your perspective while a high gorge can be considered either rakish because it creates the impression of a broader chest and greater height, or a mere whim of fashion.

A contemporary Attolini suit with a high gorge; Gary Cooper in the late 1930s wearing a suit with a low gorge

More important for the appearance of a suit jacket than the gorge placement is the lapel width, which can vary from skinny (in the range of 2 1/2 inches) to rather wide (4 inches or more). Lapels at opposite extremes, being either very thin or very wide, are subject to the vagaries of fashion and can make a suit look strange or unbalanced. J.CREW and Bonobos are a couple of American brands that promote slim lapels (and often skinny ties to go with them) while the recent drive for #menswear has pushed wide lapels as a way to be more rakish or to show contemporary sprezzatura style, especially from Italian makers like Orazio Luciano and Sciamat.

A J.CREW Ludlow suit with skinny lapels compared to an Orazio Luciano suit with wide lapels.

As a rule, notch lapels in the area of 3 1/2 inches (or perhaps 8 to 10 cm) look good on most men, as they balance with the average tie width of 3 to 3 1/2 inches. Peak lapels tend to be wider (4+ inches) or, at least look that way. Wider lapels have the effect of amplifying the appearance of the chest at the expense of the shoulders, while narrower lapels promote the impression of wider shoulders by leaving space between the lapel and the arm; if the lapel fills that space, your shoulders can seem more narrow. Above all, though, it is important to make the choice based on your body type: thin men can look more proportioned with narrower lapels, and big and tall men look better with wider lapels. Narrow lapels on a big man make it seem like he’s outgrown his childhood suit while big lapels on a thin man appear like he’s wearing something from dad.
Lapels can be either cut as a fairly straight line from top to bottom or with a curved outer edge. The first creates the impression of a “V” on the chest while the other tends toward a light “U” shape. When present, belly curve is most visible on 3-roll-2 jackets (discussed below) and on double-breasted suits. This convex curve creates what is known as the lapel belly, which can appear more casual or relaxed. On the other hand, straight lapels may project more of a serious and authoritative look.
Lapel belly

A Pini Parma jacket showing the curve of a lapel belly. Notice how the large lapels reduce emphasis on the shoulders.

Lapel belly is sometimes confused with lapel roll, which is a folding or “rolling” at the lower part of the lapel that raises the lapel away from the chest, somewhat like the pages of an open book on a table. A strong lapel roll will create in a hollow under it. Lapel roll is often prized as a sign of bespoke tailoring and also for the rakish elegance it conveys.
Lapel hollow

Hollow formed under the lapel roll

Suit Buttons

Lastly, there is the matter of lapel length, which directly relates to the second aspect of suit anatomy affecting the appearance of a suit: the buttoning point or button stance. A suit’s lapel ends at the point where you button it, so a single-breasted suit with three buttons will have a shorter lapel and a higher buttoning point than one with two buttons. A lower button point elongates the lapels and therefore makes the wearer appear leaner and taller. That’s why men who are very tall often choose three-button suits to counterbalance their height. Contemporary suits generally favor higher buttoning points, which creates a broadening of the chest if you are lean. Those who carry more weight will prefer a lower buttoning point because it has a thinning and elongating effect. A lower top button also pleases traditionalists because it presents more of a “business suit” look.
Buttoning points compared

A low buttoning point on Benedict Cumberbatch’s one-button jacket compared to a higher one on Sven Raphael Schneider’s three-button jacket.

Three-roll-two single-breasted jackets also referred to as having 2.5 buttons, have become quite popular in recent years and are typical of Neapolitan tailoring. In Italian, they are described as “una giacca tre bottoni stirata a due” (a jacket with three buttons pressed to two) because the lapel is gently ironed to incorporate the top button into the fold the lapel. This top third button is never meant to be closed, but the profile of the lapel that results is one that shows an elegant roll.

The author, Dr. Lee, in a three-roll-two glen check with contrast-stitched button gimp.

When we move into the realm of double-breasted suits, things seem considerably more complicated as button possibilities are usually provided in terms of numbers like 6×2, 6×3, 6×1 or 4×2 double-breasted suits. The first number represents the total number of buttons on the front, with the second number indicating how many of those can be fastened. The 6×2 is most common, perhaps followed by the 4×2. Even when there are two functioning buttons, one usually closes only the top one. The more buttons the more formal, with the 6×3 resembling a peacoat or naval uniform and four button versions, often appearing rather laid back. It’s fascinating to see how the different permutations affect the look of the suit; you can make a game of looking at photos of double-breasted suits and labeling their button combinations.

Various double-breasted jackets, also possible as suits: a classic 6×2, a 4×2 and what looks like an 8×2.

Sometimes forgotten are the buttons on the suit sleeves. Usually, there are four, but some summer jackets show three. Kissing buttons, where the sleeve buttons touch one another or overlap slightly, have become particularly popular. Also nowadays, the explosion of interest in refined tailoring has meant that these are more often working buttons on ready-to-wear suit jackets than they used to be. You can open the bottom one or two, either to show off that you have a quality tailored item or to appear rakishly nonchalant, but I don’t find this an important feature to have. In fact, functional sleeve buttons make sleeve length adjustments difficult for your tailor. This feature did have a functional purpose at some point when doctors “back in the day” used to unbutton their suit cuffs, roll up their sleeves and do things like amputate limbs or deliver babies. Thus, it is still sometimes described as having surgeon’s cuffs.
Kissing buttons

Three kissing buttons on a summer jacket

Finally, we include the lapel buttonhole here, as it originally was designed as a way to fasten your collar under your neck as a remedy against bad weather, that is, until the button on the opposite side disappeared from the design. Now, this function is vestigial, but the hole has become the perfect place for a boutonniere flower for a dash of added style. Hand-sewing of the buttonholes, including the one on the lapel, is often a hallmark of a bespoke or otherwise high-quality suit.  The most popular is called the Milanese buttonhole because of its origins among tailors of that city; this involves fine stitching of the gimp–the reinforcing trim threads of the buttonhole–resulting in an added bit of ornamentation.

Milanese buttonhole

Milanese buttonhole on a lapel.

Shoulder Terminology

Much can be done by a tailor with a suit’s shoulders to influence its final appearance. British tailoring traditionally favors a structured shoulder with padding that creates a stronger, masculine look: imagine a pinstripe suit worn by a banker. You will also see this in French power suits and Italian tailoring from Milan and Florence. It is possible to create the illusion of broader shoulders through constructing an extended shoulder, which projects the fabric of the shoulders out a bit further than the arms through the assiduous use of padding.

Structured shoulders on British tailoring

Colin Firth in Kingsman wearing a classic British suit with padded shoulders

Another option, with light padding, is the roped shoulder of Neapolitan style, where the sleevehead (top of the sleeve) is attached to the armhole a bit higher than the shoulder, creating a ridge or “roping” detail. In Italian, the name is spalla con rollino (“shoulder with a little roll”). Roping can also be part of a pagoda shoulder, which is slightly concave due to some padding, which results in an elegant sweep down from the collar and back up at the arm, like the roof of a pagoda. In Italian, such a shoulder is actually termed a spalla insellata (saddle), as it curves like a saddle. This creates a very bold and unique look, which is not for everyone!

The Pagoda shoulder on Jeffery - note the open quarters, straight stripes on the chest and lapel

A suit with pagoda shoulders and roping.

If we go without any padding, we end up with what is termed a soft shoulder or natural shoulder also most typically seen in Neapolitan tailoring. The result is a more relaxed look that Bloomberg has called “risky trend” if you work in a strict business environment but ideal to raise business casual to a new level or for weekend wear. The absence of padding creates a spalla camicia (shirt shoulder), where the arm of the suit jacket lies like a shirt sleeve, which, of course, is also unpadded.

Spalla Camicia vs. Con Rollino

Spalla camicia vs. con rollino shoulder details

All soft Neapolitan shoulders, including those with light padding, can also feature additional shirring of the sleevehead (called a mappina or “little rag”). These are little puckered pleats that show the tailor’s handwork and  are evident in most images of spalla camicia suit jackets.

Pockets

Every suit jacket will have at least two kinds of pockets. One, on the upper right side, is the breast pocket, into which you can (and should) place a pocket square.  Again, the Neapolitan tailors have done something unique here, creating a breast pocket that is curved like a little boat (barchetta) for a unique hit of style.

Jacket pockets formality scale

Jacket pockets formality scale

In terms of the larger pockets, there are three possibilities, and which one you have plays a key part in determining how casual or formal a suit is. First, we have patch pockets, which are sewn onto the outside of the suit as visible patches; these immediately signal a suit is more casual, perhaps a summer linen. These may also appear as a breast pocket, which is really informal on a suit. Flap pockets are hidden beneath the surface of the suit jacket except for a flap of cloth covering them. These are the most common or default suit pocket type. Third, you might encounter jetted pockets, which are also beneath the surface of the jacket but have no covering flap. These can appear on suits, as they are highly formal, but are more common on dinner jackets. When you buy a new suit, your pockets will be basted or sewn shut. As the stitching is hidden, some men keep the pockets closed to avoid deforming or warping the pockets by putting things in them, especially patch pockets.

On some flap pocket suits, you will also find a third, slightly smaller, ticket pocket on the left side above the regular flap pocket. This was originally designed to hold train tickets but can be used for various small items.

Single Breasted Suit With Ticket Pocket

Single Breasted Suit With Ticket Pocket

The Body Panels of a Suit

Given how much is going on related to the shoulders, lapels, buttons and pockets on a suit, it is easy to overlook the body panels themselves, which can also contain variations. A primary consideration is how much fabric there is in the chest area, also known as the drape. A suit jacket with a lot of drape has a fuller cut with more room in the chest. The look differs considerably from the more fitted suits that are in style now but have returned at places like The Armoury and Ring Jacket because suits with drape are seen as more laid back as well as comfortable.

Suit drape

A drape suit from the 20th century and a contemporary Ring Jacket suit with some drape to the chest area. Darts are visible in the right image as well.

Also on the chest, you are likely to have darts–vertical seams running down each side of the panel, usually ending above the side pockets. They’re designed to add some contouring to the shape of the suit jacket and are present in most modern suits unless you have a true American sack suit, which is meant to lie loosely on the torso, like a sack, truly the antithesis of contemporary suiting style.

Waist suppression

Waist suppression and darts visible on this suit jacket (and a ticket pocket to boot).

Moving down the jacket, we have the question of waist suppression. As the name suggests, this is how much the waist area of the suit is tapered in, creating the impression of wider shoulders by slimming the waist. Waist suppression is related to drop, which is a number indicating a difference between the size of your suit jacket and the waist size of your suit pants. For example, if you have a 40 jacket size and a 34 waist size, this is a standard “drop 6” suit. If the suit is cut slimmer, you may see it referred to as a “drop 7” or even “drop 8,” the latter being a 40 jacket and a 32 waist. Even though the number includes consideration of the pants size, the jacket itself in a drop 7 or drop 8 suit will be slimmer than one in a drop 6.

At the very bottom of the suit, we have the quarters, the two flaps of the jacket that meet at the waist button. These can be either open or closed, meaning the flaps can lie nearly straight down (closed quarters) or spread apart in a “flyaway” or “cutaway” fashion (open quarters). The effect of open quarters is to make the lower body look wider, so suits with this feature may be ideal to balance out very broad shoulders. On the other hand, closed quarters maintain emphasis on the shoulder because the hip area stays narrow.

Multipattern Shirt Grey Suit with Rounded Quarters

Open quarters on a suit.

Taken together, the quarters form part of the suit skirt, which comprises all of its lower half. On the back of the skirt there would usually be one or more vertical slits, known as vents. These likely originated to enable a jacket to sit well when riding on horseback. Nowadays, they serve the same purpose of keeping the back of your suit from rumpling wherever you sit, and, for all intents and purposes, you’d want to choose a double vent rather than a single center vent or none at all. Besides keeping your suit looking neater when you sit, a double vent keeps your rear end covered if you put your hands in your suit pockets. What’s more, a single vent is usually a hallmark of a cheap suit because they are less expensive to make. The only time you should have something other than a double vent is when wearing a dinner jacket or tuxedo, which is usually ventless because this creates a sleek, streamlined silhouette. Of course, you can have the same slimming effect if you buy a ventless suit, but you would have to be willing to sacrifice the advantages of having vents.

side vents

Silhouette of double vents on a suit

The Hidden Bones of a Suit

As with human anatomy, some of the anatomy of a suit lies beneath the surface. First, there is the lining, which should be made from cupro, a natural material, rather than polyester. Bemberg is another name you may hear related to lining; it’s just a specific high-quality brand of cupro. The lining adds warmth as well as structure to a suit jacket, helping it hang well on the body, smoothing it out by placing a thin layer between the suit fabric and your shirt. Gents with dandy style may choose linings in colors that contrast that of the suit while adding panache. Since lining does add thickness, summer jackets often contain less lining and are either half lined (top, side panels and sleeves), quarter lined (top and sleeves), or even totally unlined, depending on how much there is on the inside. Usually, regardless of how little overall lining there is, the sleeves of the jacket would remain lined for ease of slipping the jacket on and off.

Contrast Lining Dege Skinner

Contrast Lining Dege Skinner

While you can see the lining of a suit, the canvas is invisible, a layer made of wool and horsehair (for stiffness) that sits between the suit fabric and the lining. The purpose of the canvas is to help the suit hang optimally and conform it more to your form. In fact, you’ll often hear it said that canvas actually improves the look of a suit over time as the heat of your body shapes it to fit. The canvas is stitched loosely in between layers so that it moves with you.

Suit canvas

Exposed canvassing on suits

Similar to the lining, you can have a suit that is fully canvassed or half canvassed. The former covers both front panels of the suit and the lapels. A half canvas covers just the upper chest and lapels; it doesn’t extend down to the quarters. The tailoring work involved with canvassing is intensive and costly, so full canvas will be more expensive. Cheaper suits will have only a fused interlining that is glued in between the suit fabric and lining, which has a tendency to warp and bubble over time due to delamination (unsticking of the glue). Thus, it is crucial to invest in a suit that is at least half-canvassed and avoid fusing.

Bubbling of a fused interlining due to delamination.

Conclusion

Once you have knowledge of what makes up a suit and the vocabulary to describe these features, you can choose a suit that suits you—especially in terms of your age and body type. It takes some time to see the elements when you begin the process of wearing tailored clothes, but learning about them is the first step to looking and feeling your best in a suit. It is important to observe that the various choices in the design of a suit not only determine its anatomy but help to enhance yours as well.


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Others compared the event to the 2014 incident when then-President Barack Obama was bashed for wearing a tan suit, or the time in 2009 when conservatives criticized Michelle Obama for wearing a dress than exposed her bare arms.

“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message,” said Melania Trump’s publicist, insisting reporters instead focus on the First Lady’s detention center visit.

Trump toured the facilities of the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, Tex. and participated in a roundtable discussion with staff members. She inquired about the children’s physical and mental care. When she asked how often children are allowed to speak to their families, she was told children with verified families get a 10-minute phone conversation twice a week.

“We all know they are here without their families and I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion, and your kindness you are giving to them in these difficult times,” Trump told the staff members.

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The Most Practical Impractical Jacket: The Denim Jacket

On balance, denim sort of sucks, especially for outerwear. It’s stiff when new and wears out reliably, ripping at stress points and busting at the seams. It’s neither particularly warm in the cold nor comfortable in hot weather. It doesn’t seem to give when you want it to, but all of a sudden is too stretched out to wear. 

And yet. Denim jackets are second only to leather jackets (motorcycle and bomber jackets, in that order) in their particularly American toughness. All the obvious good things about denim apply to jackets: its particular shade of indigo, its forming to your body with wear, the outlaw history, the fades. And a jacket’s crotch will never blow out at an inopportune time. 

I’m talking about the classic, western style, short denim jacket, versus chore coat or french work coat styles. Tapering in width from the chest to the waist, the cut is flattering on most men, and can be worn slim or slightly oversized. If you’re thinking of picking one up for the in-between times of year, those perfect days where you can wear a jacket but don’t necessarily have to, you’ll need to make some decisions.

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Martin Sheen acrobatically dons his Levis type 2 in Badlands.

Denim Jacket Styles

Levis Type 1: The OG denim company also made the great grandfather of the modern denim jacket; the type 1 was officially introduced in 1905. The original had a yoke across the chest, a shirt style collar, single front pocket, stitched-down pleats (that can be released for more room), and a buckle back to cinch the fit. The fit is a little boxy compared to later versions. 

Levis Type 2: A relatively short-lived model, introduced in 1953 and superseded in 1962, but interesting in its own right. Added a pocket, removed the buckle back.

Levis Type 3: The basic unit of denim jacket–trim, tapered, with pointed pocket flaps, contrast stitching, and, later, hand pockets. The cut and details have varied a lot since its introduction, but the basic style has stayed much the same. Heddels has a great guide on how to date vintage Levis denim jackets. Vibewise, I get more of a workwear/old prospector feel from type 1s and 2s, and more cowboy/rebel style from type 3s.

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L to R: Type 1, type 2, type 3.

Lee 101/Riders Jacket: Lee’s version, introduced in the 1940s, seems to have influenced the type 3, as it had higher pockets and more decorative stitching, both of which showed up in Levis Type 3. Lee jackets, at least prior to some design changes in the 1980s, are quite short, even for denim jackets. They have distinctive zig zag stitching on the placket, and slanted, high chest pockets.

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Reproduction Versions: Levis Vintage Clothing almost always has some version of its denim jackets available, relatively faithful to vintage originals, but in fresh denim (or distressed, sometimes absurdly). Lee, likewise, often has a reproduction available. The usual repro  suspects, like Real McCoys, reliably offer detail-obsessed versions. 

Designer Versions: As jeans went from rebel style to everyday everyone style in the second half of the 20th century, designers making ready-to-wear outside the workwear setting began using the style in their work, and jackets quickly followed. In the 90s and 2000s, in particular, men’s designers like Helmut Lang, Hedi Slimane, and Rick Owens reinterpreted the denim jacket and made it a luxury item.  Lang’s are known for their clean, Levis-influenced design, Slimane’s, like his jeans, were long and lean, and Owens added higher collars and leather sleeves. It’s common to find some take on the jacket in many modern brand offerings, from J. Crew to Our Legacy to Robert Geller.

Coming tomorrow–more on how to pair your denim jacket. 

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Since it’s still not quite warm enough to justify tees and tank dresses, we’re breaking down five key jacket styles that work for in-between weather. (You know the kind: not hot but not freezing either.) Below, you’ll find five spring jacket trends to wear in the coming months—all of which are just as cool as they are practical.

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There’s no doubt that this is a popular jacket style for spring. Bombers are usually lightweight and go with just about any outfit.
Available in sizes XS to XL. 
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Available in sizes XS to M. 
We’ve had our eye on this figure-flaunting jacket since the beginning of 2018. We’re looking forward to wearing it all throughout spring.
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Available in sizes 38 IT to 46 IT.
Available in sizes S to XL. Now that you’ve found your new spring jacket, get out there and enjoy the sunny, fresh weather. This post was originally posted at an earlier date and has since been updated by Aemilia Madden.

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How to Iron a Suit Jacket Part IV – The Complete Guide to Ironing

How to Iron a Suit Jacket or Sport Coat

Ironing a suit jacket uses similar techniques to pressing a shirt because they share a similar shape and structure. The principles of ironing wool trousers would also apply to wool jackets. People may hesitate to press a jacket because of its complexity, including canvasing, lining, and padding, but, with the information in this article of our series on ironing, you’ll be able to de-wrinkle your jackets without fear.

Removing Wrinkles without Ironing

In some ways, getting the wrinkles out of a jacket is easy because most wrinkles will come out if you just apply steam without even making contact, and the weight of the jacket assists with this. De-wrinkling of specific areas can be achieved by expelling steam from an iron or handheld steamer held a few inches from the jacket surface. An even easier hands-off option, and maybe the most effective, is running a hot shower and then hanging the jacket in the steam afterwards. It may take some time for the effect to be noticeable, so run the shower before bed, shut it off, and keep the jacket in the closed bathroom overnight.

When it comes to the detailed work that requires an iron, the approach is similar to what you would do with a shirt. However, odds are, if you cared for it properly, your jacket will never be as wrinkled as your shirts (unless its linen) and will require less ironing. Therefore, you’ll only need to address specific areas with a touch-up, which shouldn’t be hard at all.

How to Press a Jacket

1. The Sleeves

Begin with the sleeves. Using a sleeve board if you have one, place the jacket shoulder over the narrow end of the board you are using and lay the sleeve flat. Use a pressing cloth, so you won’t be ironing directly on the wool. As with a shirt, concentrate on pressing the middle of the sleeve as needed for its full length. Be careful not to press hard where the edges of the sleeve meets the board or you will leave sharp “military creases” down the middle of the sleeves unless this is what you want; it’s a matter of preference, but such creases are usually seen only on the shirts of military personnel, not jackets (Prince Charles notwithstanding). Press around the sleeve head below the shoulder. Especially with the heavier structured nature of suit jackets and sport coats, the trick is always to follow the contours of the fabric. In other words, don’t try to straighten the arm; go along the curve.

Prince Charles is known for occasionally sporting military creases on his jackets

Prince Charles is known for occasionally sporting military creases on his jackets

2. The Body (Including Lapels)

To avoid any risk of shining your wool, continue to use a pressing cloth. Follow the method for shirts by doing one half of each side of the jacket (a panel) at a time, working your way around the jacket or doing both front panels and then both of the back ones. The back area, which is essentially flat, is the easiest. One area that tends to fold and wrinkle is around the vent flaps. Concentrate your pressing efforts on the edges of these.

The main concern when working on the front of a jacket is pressing it to death, especially the lapels. You don’t want to flatten them so they look like a steamroller ran over them because the lapels, in many ways, define the appearance of the jacket, especially if you have a beautiful 3-roll-2. Again, the solution is to go with the contours. Press the lapels lightly. Flip each one up and run the iron along the crease below it (called the hollow), smoothly following the curve to preserve the roll. Even if they aren’t wrinkled, this will liven them up.

Lastly, work on the most difficult area: the shoulders. Use a presser’s ham or a sleeve board, if you have one, to keep the shoulder round, its natural shape, as you press it. You want to imitate the way it sits on your shoulders when you’re wearing it. Finish your pressing by applying some steam to the inside lining and armpit areas; apply a scented spray, such as lavender water.

Jackets made of materials that wrinkle more than wool–linens, cottons, hemp/linen combinations, etc.– don’t require as much caution, though you still don’t want to press them flat. You can, however, use a higher temperature and more sprayed water and steam; in fact, particularly with linen, you’ll probably need to.

With time, you’ll appreciate working on individual parts of the jacket, just like detailing your car, and going with the shape of the garment becomes intuitive with practice.

Green herringbone lining

Green herringbone lining

3. Special Consideration: Pressing the Lining

If you’ve packed a suit for traveling at all, you likely know what a wrinkled inner lining looks like. Yet, the nature of the cupro or Bemberg that quality linings are made of is such that pressing can be difficult. The light and loose aspect of the lining prevents the iron from moving smoothly over the surface, and it tends to cling to the soleplate. The best approach is to hover the iron over the material and steam liberally to loosen up the wrinkles without making contact. If you find you do need to press the fabric, reduce the heat setting to a medium or low level and skim the surface lightly. As always, push, pull and straighten the cupro to get as smooth a starting surface as possible.

Conclusion

Hopefully, after viewing the three parts of our Complete Guide to Ironing, you’ve been convinced to try your hand at ironing your own tailored clothes. You may even have a wishlist of ironing gear that you never imagined having.  In the long run, it’ll save you time and money, and once you have some hands-on experience putting your knowledge into practice, seeing the finished product will prove quite rewarding.

Gentleman’s Gazette readers, do you press your own suit jackets and sport coats? Share your techniques, insights, and experiences in the comments below.


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F.C.Real Bristol Reveals Reversible Souvenir Jacket Capsule

After ending 2017 with a WTAPS collaboration, fictional Japanese football team F.C.Real Bristol has returned with the first drop from its 2018 spring/summer collection. As with all F.C.R.B. releases, the new pack is filled with soccer-inspired athletic pieces, although the stand-out is undoubtedly the capsule of bold reversible souvenir jackets.

Each of the souvenir jackets initially looks like a standard track jacket, coming in black or navy with SOPH. and F.C.Real Bristol branding. When reversed, the jacket becomes a varsity jacket with contrasting sleeves and a large, colorful embroidered motif on the back. The collection features other strong outerwear including color blocked warm up jackets and star-patterned practice jackets. Other pieces include blouson collar jackets, long coach jackets, track pants and shorts. Take a look through the whole capsule above, with all of the pieces set to drop via the SOPH. web store on February 26.

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Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the weighty item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday.
Also rich in denim, jersey and knitwear, the expansive pre-fall 2018 men’s lineup spans casual fare and blinged-out items fit for the stage. “There is the same diversity as for the women’s,” said the designer. The brand counts personalities including Cristiano Ronaldo, Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Zayn Malik among its devotees, but is also “looking to attract a broader male audience” as part of its international expansion. Men’s wear currently represents around 40 percent of total sales.
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Now that we’re well and truly into chilly season, we’ve been on the hunt for the perfect winter coat and we think we may have found it at a massive discount. New Look has just kickstarted their Black Friday 2017 offer where you’ll be able to get everything 25% off and we’ve just found our new favourite outerwear staple in the racks.

This faux shearling aviator jacket is absolutely dreamy, with fuzzy oversized lapels, an off-centre zip and cuff details for extra badassery. Toss it over some skinny jeans, simple white tee and statement heels and voila – you have a chic, edgy look that’ll keep you at the front of the fashion pack.

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If you wind up rocking this jacket, snap a picture and tag us @marieclaireuk to show off your new threads.

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The Pretty Denim Jacket I Can’t Stop Thinking About

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit of a denim jacket fiend (I have proof), so it’s not that I need another one in my life, but I recently came across a denim jacket that’s so pretty I might have to add a seventh to my closet (I promise you I wear all of them).

The jacket in question is a sherpa-lined Levi’s one via Aritzia, and instead of the usual cream-colored lining, it features a pale pink variation that looks lovely with the light-wash denim. The pretty jacket is the Ex-BF Sherpa Trucker style, which has an oversize fit that’s perfect for winter as it’s roomy enough to fit a sweater underneath.

The beauty of a sherpa-lined denim jacket is that even though denim isn’t the warmest of fabrics, the cozy inside provides enough insulation to wear on those especially frigid days when you’re not in the mood for a bulky puffer or wool coat. Oh, and it’s less than $ 200—and worth every pretty penny.

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Bomber and Flight Jacket Guide

Like many classic men’s garments, bomber and flight jackets were originally created as highly functional work wear for members of the military.
Bomber jackets are often called flight jackets, and in fact, the terms can be used interchangeably to refer to one garment. They have a long history, come in a wide number of variations, and are great for casual attire.

Bomber raids over Europe

Bomber raids over Europe required specialized clothes for the extreme conditions

What is a Bomber Jacket?

Today, the “bomber” or “flight” jacket is a general term that describes a set of garment characteristics that was originally derived from military issue jackets that were issued to personnel in the first half of the 20th century. Though the original bomber jacket was designed to keep the wearer warm in very cold temperatures, most bomber jackets today retain many of the same features that made it so iconic in the first place. The jacket is typically constructed from leather, sheepskin, or fabric. The jacket is cut waist length, is closed with a zipper or buttons, and features elasticized cuffs and a hem. The collar can be worn flipped up and secured around the throat for extra protection from the elements.

History of the Bomber & Flight Jacket

Like many other military-based garments, the flight jacket was named after its basic purpose. In the early days of flight after the turn of the century, the open cockpits of planes made flying a cold, windy task. The jacket was initially designed by the military to protect pilots from these conditions with heavy insulation, tight closures around the waist, wrist, and neck, and a tough, weather-resistant exterior. In World War I, the performance materials of the day were all natural products, so flight jackets were constructed of sheepskin, fur, and tough leathers.

Open cockpit flight was cold and windy

Open cockpit flight was cold and windy

Great advances were made in flight between the two World Wars. As the second international conflict was set in motion, planes could climb to even higher altitudes, which exposed pilots to even more extreme conditions (as low as −50 °C) in the unpressurized, unheated cockpits of long-range aircraft. In response to the changing needs of pilots, Leslie Irvin, a British aviator and businessman, created the first sheepskin flight jacket intended for the extreme conditions found at high altitudes.

In addition, planes were now carrying non-navigational crew and high-altitude, long-range bombing raids over Europe had become one of the main aerial missions of the war. It was during World War II that the flight jacket also became known alternatively as the bomber jacket.

Flight and Bomber Jacket Models

Over the years, many different iterations and models of the flight and bomber jacket were created. In the US, “B” jackets were typically based on sheepskin, while “A” model jackets were leather lined with wool, cotton, or silk.

Jimmy Doolittle in a flight jacket

Jimmy Doolittle in a flight jacket

The first of the famous flight jackets was the model Type A-1, which was issued between 1927 to 1931. It was worn by the flying superstars of the day, such as Jimmy Doolittle. The A-1 was the first jacket to feature a knitted wool waistband and cuffs, which would set the design standard for flight jackets going forward. It also featured a capeskin exterior (a kind of sheepskin), two flapped cargo pockets, a heavy cotton lining, and horn buttons for fastening. The military eventually abandoned capeskin, as it was not durable enough to survive the utilitarian purpose it was created for.

Type A-2 Flight Jackets

Type A-2 Flight Jackets

The US Army Air Forces introduced the successor of the Type A-1 Flight jacket, the model Type A-2, in 1931. It was produced in by a wide range of manufacturers across the US until 1943, so many different materials and design modifications were employed over that time. In general, a Type A-2 was constructed of horsehide leather, which was much harder-wearing than capeskin, and lined with silk. It was still designed for open cockpits, which explains the sturdy snaps and reinforced pockets. The A-2’s collar could be closed completely in order to protect the wearer from the wind and the rather slim, functional cut was ideal for the cramped cockpit. As it became clear that the US would join the fight in World War II, the demand for original A-2 materials increased and the A-2 specifications were modified to use goat leather and cotton linings. For a more detailed look at the A-2 jacket, read our A-2 Flight Jacket Guide here.

B-3 B-6 and A-2 Flight Jackets

B-3 B-6 and A-2 Flight Jackets

The owners of A-2 flight jackets were the elite aircrew among military personnel, and they frequently decorated their jackets with artwork and embroidery detailing their combat exploits. The cache surrounding the A-2 eventually carried over to the American public, where it became a classic garment coveted by civilians and military personnel alike. It remains one of the two most famous models of flight jackets, along with its replacement the model G-1, decades after its official discontinuation. Even though the A-2’s successor was originally referred to as either the model M-422A or the model ANJ-3, the model G-1 is now the colloquial term for many variations on a leather flight jacket with or without a fur collar. The jacket got its start in World War II, and was used extensively in various forms in the following decades.

General Patton wearing a b-3 bomber jacket

General Patton wearing a B-3 bomber jacket

In the early 1930’s, the American military took inspiration from Leslie Irvin’s sheepskin flight jackets and created their own: the B-3. The hefty model B-3 flight jacket featured a wide sheepskin collar with two leather straps that could be used to fasten it tightly around the neck. This jacket, like it’s A-letter cousins, was modified frequently in the 30’s and 40’s. Once the cockpits of planes were closed, the need for a less bulky version of a sheepskin flight jacket arose, and the streamlined model B-6 jacket was the result. It featured a slimmer cut, a single leather throat latch, and angled slash pockets.

Reproduction B-10 Jacket

Reproduction B-10 Jacket

In 1943, the military introduced the model B-10 as a replacement for the A-2 and the B-6 jackets. As the first flight jacket with a fabric shell and an alpaca lining, it was intended to be lighter weight, less bulky and more versatile that it’s predecessors. Though it was only useful for temperatures ranging from 25-55 degrees, they quickly became the favorite of fighter pilots. The B-10 was so coveted it was worn by many non-flying generals who chose to wear the jacket despite it not being part of their uniform.

MA-2 Flight Jacket

MA-2 Flight Jacket

Despite its popularity, the B-10 was quickly superseded by the model B-15 in late 1944. This jacket was also shortlived, and it wasn’t long until the military shifted models yet again to the fabric MA-1 and MA-2 models as the Jet Age was beginning around 1950. These jackets were typically dark blue or sage green with a bright orange lining, and they featured knitted cuffs and a waistband. The MA-2 had a fold down collar while the MA-1 had a knitted collar. The look of the MA-2 is what most people think of as a “bomber” jacket in the terms of modern fashion.

Top Gun G-1 Jacket

Top Gun once again popularized the G-1 Flight Jacket

Flight and bomber jackets continued to evolve within the military and they were consistently popular with the American public in the last half of the 20th century. Then, in 1986, the bomber jacket, specifically the G-1, would be launched again into the sartorial spotlight with the release of the film Top Gun.

How to Wear a Bomber Jacket

Since the flight or bomber jacket was technically part of a work wardrobe, it doesn’t necessarily have a distinct sartorial purpose in the way a navy blazer or a pair of seersucker pants has. There aren’t any specific occasions or events in which a bomber is the garment of choice.

Modern bomber jacket style

Modern bomber jacket style

This is a jacket that one chooses to buy and wear specifically because of the look, which makes it a flexible jacket to have around when you want to create an interesting combination. A bomber, even though it was part of a uniform, has always been more casual in nature since it was paired with other similarly performance driven clothing, such as flight suits and khakis. It’s easier to have fun with since there aren’t many “rules” to consider.

Here are some tips on how to what to look for in a bomber jacket and how to wear one:

  • Choose a plain, unadorned bomber for the most classic look
  • The jacket should be leather, suede or fabric in classic colors, such as shades of brown, blue, or green; avoid black, which is too formal for a casual jacket
  • The jacket should fit well, don’t buy it oversized or undersized; you should be able to zip it and wear it as a regular outerwear
  • Pair a bomber of flight jacket with elevated casual attire such as khakis, denim, cords and button-down shirts
  • A bomber looks great with casual textures such as knit ties and checked shirts
  • Choose to pair it with leather or canvas shoes that reflect the functional-cool aesthetic of the jacket, such as work boots or brogues; avoid overly casual shoes like trainers and dressier shoes such as loafers
  • Don’t wear a bomber or a flight jacket over another jacket; it adds too much bulk
  • Don’t let your shirt hang much more than an inch lower than the hem of a bomber jacket, or you’ll end up looking sloppy; tuck in your shirt or wear a shorter shirt
  • You can wear it with a t-shirt as a base layer, but keep your pants and shoes polished
Casual bomber jacket style

Casual bomber jacket style

 

How To Buy a Bomber Jacket

There are three main ways to buy a bomber or flight jacket: vintage, reproduction, or fashion. You can buy a genuine vintage flight or bomber jacket, but they often fetch many thousands of dollars and the sizing may be a challenge for the average guy. Since the quality of the original jacket was so high, many vintage pieces are still in great shape. If that’s not for you, we recommend buying a reproduction or a fashion bomber jacket. A reproduction is best for someone if an authentic look, high quality, and longevity are important, and you have at least $ 500-1500 to spend for a leather jacket. Reproductions of fabric jackets are much more affordable. If you want to spend less or prefer a more modern take on the bomber or flight jacket, a fashion jacket is the best option.

Eastman Leather Reproduction A-2 Leather Jacket

Eastman Leather Reproduction A-2 Leather Jacket

Sources for Bomber Jackets

For authentic or vintage bomber and flight jackets, eBay and specialized collectors are typically the best resources. For reproduction jackets in leather, Eastman Leather (which we wrote a profile about here), Cockpit USA, and US Wings offer a range of leather options in various models. US Wings also offers nylon flight jacketsAlpha Industries offers reasonably priced fabric reproduction jackets.

Conclusion

What do you think about bomber jackets? How do you keep the look both fresh and classic?


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Forget about the “something blue” Sergio Garcia was all about the green at his wedding.

The Spanish golfer clinched his first Masters title in April, winning the tournament’s iconic green jacket. Although he donned a traditional black suit for his wedding ceremony to Angela Akins, Garcia changed into the prize piece of clothing for his reception.

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Why This Video Of A Boy Zipping A Jacket Is So Powerful

A seemingly simple video is offering an important message about autism.

On March 8, mom and blogger Mandy Farmer posted a video of her 6-year-old son zipping his jacket on Facebook. In the caption, she opened up about the significance of this small task for her family.

“You know how we say autism families don’t take things for granted? This is what we mean,” Farmer wrote. 

The mom said her son’s fine motor skills lag behind those of other kids his age. He can’t write or draw a square and struggles with self-care tasks like opening packages, getting dressed and feeding himself with utensils.  

“People have no idea how hard our kids have to work to be able to accomplish these tasks consistently,” Farmer wrote. “There are so many therapies that can help, but so many do not have access to those therapies. He has been doing this program for about a month and is now zipping independently, but I want you to be mindful of how much effort it still takes.”

The mom concluded her post by noting that this type of milestone is the result of giving kids with special needs the opportunity to reach a higher potential. 

“The policy makers, school districts and insurance companies that refuse to invest in these therapies now are keeping these amazing individuals from becoming the most independent version of themselves,” she wrote. “It is so exciting to see him meet these milestones, even if they’re met on a different timeline than that of his peers.”

The video reached over 100,000 views on Facebook. The popular Love What Matters page also shared the post, giving it another 220,000 views. 

Farmer told The Huffington Post that it has been wonderful to see the overwhelming response to the video. The mom hopes it puts things into perspective for people to see how hard her son works to accomplish tasks that most people take for granted. 

While some people see him and think he’s doing pretty well for someone his age with autism, onlookers don’t always realize the countless hours of therapy it took to get him to that point.

“We can tell people that it’s still hard for him to use a spoon at 6 years old and that he still can’t use a fork. We can tell people he still can’t dress himself independently or snap his pants,” she explained. “But I think watching this video clip of how much effort, determination and perseverance he puts in to zip a zipper says it better than I ever could.”

Farmer is also happy that her video can help raise awareness about individuals on the spectrum. “I hope legislators will see this and realize when they slash education funds, early intervention funds and Medicaid funds, these are the people they are hurting ― people who have all of the potential in the world if they are given the right tools to reach that potential,” she said.

“I hope insurance companies see this and realize that when they deny an autistic child or child with dyspraxia or cerebral palsy therapy, this is the progress they are impeding,” she continued. “I hope therapists and special educators will see it and be proud that they make such a difference in autistic individuals’ lives. And I hope others with children with special needs will be encouraged and know that milestones will come in their own time and with hard work the impossible is possible.”

Follow the mom’s Facebook page, “From Motherhood by Mandy Farmer,” to learn more about the reality of raising a child with autism. 

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Arcteryx Gamma MX Hoody Jacket – Men’s

Arcteryx Gamma MX Hoody Jacket – Men’s


“Thanks to understated looks and unmatched versatility, the Arc’teryx Gamma MX Hoody remains a perennial best-seller. Suitable for almost any high-output alpine pursuit from touring to ice climbing, the Gamma MX brings exceptional mobility and comfort in a highly wind-resistant, durable package. DWR-finished softshell face fabric repels light rain and snow, yet is breathable enough to use as a midlayer under a shell in cold and wet conditions. On the inside, a lightweight fleece backer gives this men’s softshell jacket warmth and softness to match your favorite sweatshirt. Best of all, its trim, athletic fit and not-too-technical styling makes the Arc’teryx Gamma MX Hoody Jacket just as appropriate for going for beers at the P-Dog as it is for the summit of the skin track. Mid-weight, fleece-backed Fortius stretch softshell fabric with DWR water-repellent finish Helmet-compatible Storm Hood Zip hand pockets, dual chest pockets, and a single laminated sleeve pocket Athletic fit with underarm gussets and extended torso for overhead-reaching activities .”””
List Price: $ 349.00
Price: $ 349.00

19 Fly-As-Hell Brides Who Rocked A Leather Jacket With A Wedding Dress

Some brides want to dress like a pretty princess on their wedding day. Others opt for something a little more rock ‘n’ roll.

Below you’ll find 19 stylish brides who played with contrast by pairing an edgy leather (or faux leather!) jacket with an elegant wedding dress, and looked straight-up stunning doing so.

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Columbia Womens Plus Size Benton Springs Fleece Jacket

Columbia Womens Plus Size Benton Springs Fleece Jacket


Columbia Womens Plus Size Benton Springs Fleece JacketWith an active, slim cut, this jacket is an essential classic. The soft, cozy fleece provides instant insulation that is ideal for layering when the temperatures begin to drop. Worn alone, it will become the one item you take with you wherever you go. It includes a modern classic fit, a mock neck, zip front, zippered hand pockets, and elastic cuffs. Made of 100% polyester MTR filament fleece 250g, it is machine washable. Available in charcoal grey and black. 100% polyester MTR filament fleece 250g Modern classic fit Zippered hand pockets Mock neck Active, slim cut Zip front Elastic cuffs Warm, cozy Perfect for layering Charcoal grey, black Machine wash Style # WW6439
List Price: $ 65.00
Price: $ 39.99

Patagonia Fitzroy Trout Nano Puff Jacket – Men’s

Patagonia Fitzroy Trout Nano Puff Jacket – Men’s


Take our classic Nano Puff Pullover, add a full-length zipper for greater all-around ease and, presto, you have the versatile Nano Puff Jacket. Wear it as a sleek micro-belay parka on chilly rock routes or as an insulated jacket during wintertime squalls. The wind-blocking, 100% recycled polyester shell sheds moisture and glides effortlessly in your layering system. Low-bulk, hydrophobic, highly compressible PrimaLoft Gold insulation (60-g) traps heat with remarkable efficiency, even when wet. The jacket has a sculpted fit, with narrow horizontal quilting on the shaped side panels, and the soft, wicking interior storm flap and zipper garage add chin comfort. Its internal zippered chest pocket doubles as a self-stuffsack with a carabiner clip-in loop. It also has two zippered handwarmer pockets, elasticized cuffs and a dual-adjust drawcord hem to seal out wind and seal in warmth. …
List Price: $ 199.00
Price: $ 199.00

Dolfin Swimwear AquaShape Zip Series Warm Up Jacket – Women’s Size XXL Color Navy

Dolfin Swimwear AquaShape Zip Series Warm Up Jacket – Women’s Size XXL Color Navy


The Zip Front Swim Jacket provides a lightweight layer of warmth and coverage for your water activities. Made from 100% Reliance Polyester, this jacket is chlorine resistant and offers 50+ UV protection. Zipper makes for easy on and off, and locks in place with a cover during physical activity. 100% Reliance Polyester 50+ UV Protection Unlined Easy on and off Size XXL Color Navy
List Price: $ 59.95
Price: $ 48.00

StreetModa.com – Urban Republic Juniors Hooded Toggle Wool Coat Winter Jacket Now Only $27.99 + Free Shipping from StreetModa.com! Use Promo Code: ‘TOGGLE’. Valid: 12/28/16-1/3/17.

Urban Republic Juniors Hooded Toggle Wool Coat Winter Jacket Now Only $ 27.99 + Free Shipping from StreetModa.com! Use Promo Code: ‘TOGGLE’. Valid: 12/28/16-1/3/17.
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Speedo Sonic Warm-Up Jacket – Men’s Size XL Color Navy

Speedo Sonic Warm-Up Jacket – Men’s Size XL Color Navy


Constructed of super-soft fabric for kicked-back comfort. Think of them as your reward after a great workout. Mesh panels provide cool ventilation. Made of soft poly knit with brushed inner fleece. Cool media pocket holds your Aquabeat. Cord loop located inside for hassle-free headphone cord management. Side zip pockets located on the outside. Fabric : 100% Polyester. Size XL Color Navy
List Price: $ 61.20
Price: $ 33.48

StreetModa.com – Urban Republic Juniors Hooded Toggle Wool Coat Winter Jacket Now Only $27.99 + Free Shipping from StreetModa.com! Use Promo Code: ‘TOGGLE’. Valid: 12/28/16-1/3/17.

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Seattle Seahawks JH Design Leather Jacket – Navy

Seattle Seahawks JH Design Leather Jacket – Navy


There’s no better way to prove you’re a die-hard Seattle Seahawks fan than with this awesome Leather jacket! Fresh Seattle Seahawks graphics take this piece of outerwear to a whole new level. Rock this JH Design look to every game and you’ll be the best looking fan in the stands!
List Price: $ 699.99
Price: $ 559.99

Seattle Seahawks JH Design Leather Jacket – Navy

Seattle Seahawks JH Design Leather Jacket – Navy


There’s no better way to prove you’re a die-hard Seattle Seahawks fan than with this awesome Leather jacket! Fresh Seattle Seahawks graphics take this piece of outerwear to a whole new level. Rock this JH Design look to every game and you’ll be the best looking fan in the stands!
List Price: $ 699.99
Price: $ 559.99

Nike Overtime Warm Up Jacket – Men’s Size S Color Royal/White

Nike Overtime Warm Up Jacket – Men’s Size S Color Royal/White

Be ready to take on the competition in the Nike Overtime Jacket, featuring contrast insets, full front zipper, and two side pockets. Knit long sleeve full-zip jacket Contrast insets at collar, shoulder, and front/back sleeves Front zipper has protective guard at neck Side pockets with Nike+ enabled pocket Swoosh design trademark on right chest Fabric : 100% polyester Size S Color Royal/White
List Price: $ 49.95
Price: $ 49.95

Halti Team Print Jacket – Women’s

Halti Team Print Jacket – Women’s


Tested by Halti’s Alpine ski team in the most serious conditions, the women’s Halti Team Print jacket packs all the features you need to stay protected while focusing on challenging winter terrain. DrymaxX Stretch fabric on the outside seals out precipitation while helping to expunge heat build-up on the inside, leaving you snug and dry while you say goodbye to your defeated, soggy ski partners. Plus, the women’s Halti Team Print jacket is fully loaded with resort-ready features like a goggle wipe cloth, cellphone pocket and thumbloops to accommodate your on-hill adjustments and preferences. Waterproof and breathable shell keeps you dry inside and out DuPont Comformax lining wicks moisture away from your body Wrist cuffs and snow gaiter seal out snow and cold Removable storm hood cinches tight to shield face from weather Ventilation zips keep you cool when you work up a sweat Included Lycra balaclava with storage pocket for added warmth .
List Price: $ 698.00
Price: $ 349.00

Nike Overtime Warm Up Jacket – Women’s Size L Color Navy/White

Nike Overtime Warm Up Jacket – Women’s Size L Color Navy/White


Be ready to take on the competition in the Nike Overtime Jacket, featuring contrast insets, full front zipper, and two side pockets. Knit long sleeve full-zip jacket Contrast insets at collar, shoulder, and front/back sleeves Front zipper has protective guard at neck Side pockets with Nike+ enabled pocket Swoosh design trademark on right chest Fabric : 100% polyester Size L Color Navy/White
List Price: $ 49.95
Price: $ 49.95

Columbia Women’s Kruser Ridge Softshell Jacket ( Plus Sized ) – Mineshaft

Columbia Women’s Kruser Ridge Softshell Jacket ( Plus Sized ) – Mineshaft


Touting major wind cutting capabilities Columbia Kruser Ridge is the perfect softshell jacket for some added warmth or for an outer layer when you need to shed rain and the elements on the go.
List Price: $ 79.99
Price: $ 79.99

Men’s Genuine Leather Moto Jacket Black

Men’s Genuine Leather Moto Jacket Black


This genuine leather, moto-inspired jacket by Tanners Avenue is made from pig napa which is characterized by its durability and strength, and only gets softer with wear.
Contrasting white accent stripes and multiple pockets finish this jacket.
Color options: Black
Fit: Slim
White accent stripes
Two (2) slash pockets
Moto-style collar with single snap closure
Zipper front
Lined in poly-satin, diamond-quilted lining
List Price: $ 185.00
Price: $ 185.00

Columbia Womens Plus Size Benton Springs Fleece Jacket

Columbia Womens Plus Size Benton Springs Fleece Jacket


Columbia Womens Plus Size Benton Springs Fleece JacketWith an active, slim cut, this jacket is an essential classic. The soft, cozy fleece provides instant insulation that is ideal for layering when the temperatures begin to drop. Worn alone, it will become the one item you take with you wherever you go. It includes a modern classic fit, a mock neck, zip front, zippered hand pockets, and elastic cuffs. Made of 100% polyester MTR filament fleece 250g, it is machine washable. Available in charcoal grey and black. 100% polyester MTR filament fleece 250g Modern classic fit Zippered hand pockets Mock neck Active, slim cut Zip front Elastic cuffs Warm, cozy Perfect for layering Charcoal grey, black Machine wash Style # WW6439
List Price: $ 65.00
Price: $ 39.99

Ogio Straight Jacket Travel Bag – Carbon

Ogio Straight Jacket Travel Bag – Carbon


Carry your valuable golf clubs saftely and with ease with the help from Ogio`s Straight Jacket Travel Bag. The Straight Jacket is designed with a large main compartment smooth rolling urethane wheels for easy travel on most surfaces and twin outer pockets for accessories.
List Price: $ 119.99
Price: $ 119.99

Spyder Mini Challenger Jacket – Toddler Boy’s – Sale 2013/2014

Spyder Mini Challenger Jacket – Toddler Boy’s – Sale 2013/2014


Spyder Mini Challenger Jacket – Toddler Boy’s: The ever-popular Spyder Mini Challenger Ski Jacket is back and ready to charge with a web design that will have all the kids talking. Other features include a custom web graphic at underarm and side panel, removable hood, critical seam taping, reverse coil hand and chest pocket zippers, brushed microfiber inner collar, elasticized cuffs, “Small to Tall” grow feature allows sleeves to extend an additional 1 1/2 inch when stitch is released, glove attachment on sleeve, lower portion of liner fabric is TPU coated, data card pocket, internal mesh goggle pocket, drawcord adjustable hem, heat transfer Spyder logos, and chamois lens wipe.
List Price: $ 135.00
Price: $ 54.95

Columbia Womens Plus Size Benton Springs Fleece Jacket

Columbia Womens Plus Size Benton Springs Fleece Jacket


Columbia Womens Plus Size Benton Springs Fleece JacketWith an active, slim cut, this jacket is an essential classic. The soft, cozy fleece provides instant insulation that is ideal for layering when the temperatures begin to drop. Worn alone, it will become the one item you take with you wherever you go. It includes a modern classic fit, a mock neck, zip front, zippered hand pockets, and elastic cuffs. Made of 100% polyester MTR filament fleece 250g, it is machine washable. Available in charcoal grey and black. 100% polyester MTR filament fleece 250g Modern classic fit Zippered hand pockets Mock neck Active, slim cut Zip front Elastic cuffs Warm, cozy Perfect for layering Charcoal grey, black Machine wash Style # WW6439
List Price: $ 65.00
Price: $ 39.99

Carhartt Clothing Women’s WJ141 BDK Duck Fleece Lined Hooded Jacket

Carhartt Clothing Women’s WJ141 BDK Duck Fleece Lined Hooded Jacket


Rain and snow make the world look dark, grey, and unappealing. That’s why you should brighten it up by wearing this Carhartt WJ141 BDK Blue Dusk Sandstone Sherpa-Lined Women’s Jacket. The world needs a little color, and so do you…especially on those unappealing days. This Carhartt jacket is made with 12-ounce, 100% cotton sandstone duck material. This heavyweight fabric is highly durable, resistant to abrasions, and tough against wear. Cotton duck has a water-repellent quality to it. The water rolls right down the fabric, and you stay dry and snug inside. Seriously snug. The inner lining of this Carhartt water-resistant jacket is made with Sherpa material, a combination of soft cotton and tough polyester. It feels like wool, and that’s how it performs. Sherpa lining keeps you insulated against cold weather and bad weather of all types. Princess back seams help to create a flattering fit when you wear this fleece-lined jacket. The built-in bi-swing makes it a comfortable one, giving you extra moving room as needed. The dropped tail in back gives you a little extra coverage, while the attached three-piece hood adds extra warmth. The hood of this Carhartt duck jacket is Sherpa-lined, too. All the main seams of this Carhartt jacket are triple-stitched, creating three times the durability of single-stitched garments. The rib-knit storm cuffs are fray-resistant, and made to fit snugly around wrists to keep your warmth from leaking out. Two inside pockets add storage space.Brighten your wardrobe with this this Carhartt WJ141 BDK Blue Dusk Sandstone Sherpa-Lined Women’s Jacket, and brighten your day.Manufactured sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL
List Price: $ 81.27
Price: $ 81.27

The North Face Men’s Apex Elevation Jacket – Shady Blue / Urban Navy

The North Face Men’s Apex Elevation Jacket – Shady Blue / Urban Navy


Let the elements roll off your back with this streamlined windproof soft-shell Men`s Apex Elevation Jacket from The North Face that delivers insulated breathable warmth during active winter endeavors.
List Price: $ 198.95
Price: $ 198.95

Carhartt Clothing Boys’ CP8468 CR01 Camo Realtree Xtra Quilt-Lined Active Jacket

Carhartt Clothing Boys’ CP8468 CR01 Camo Realtree Xtra Quilt-Lined Active Jacket


No matter how hard you try to resist, cold weather is on its way. The weather will give you that chilled feeling, the kids will be out of school on break, and family time is going to include those inevitable treks through the cold outdoors. The Carhartt Boys’ CP8468 CR01 Realtree Xtra Camo Quilt-Lined Active Jacket is built with you and your boy in mind. Insulated with quilted, brushed tricot body lining and complete with an attached hood to protect his head from the elements, this hardy winter jacket is designed to keep your little outdoorsman warm and dry, while also taking the kind of beating only a child can deliver to his outdoor clothing. And just in case he gets especially rambunctious, the triple-stitched seams and 12-ounce 100% cotton duck canvas material of this Carhartt jacket act as a kind of insurance against the rough and tumble nature of kids exploring the wilderness. The iconic Realtree Xtra brown camouflage pattern will let him blend right in on family camping trips, and let’s be honest with each other – kids in camo is pretty much the cutest thing a hunting mom or dad can imagine. Luckily, the Carhartt Kids Boys’ CP8468 CR01 Quilt-Lined Active Realtree Xtra Camo Jacket is two things at once: adorable and tough. Just like he is. Manufactured Sizes: REG: XXS, XS, SM, MD, LG, XLSize Conversion TableXXS = 4/5XS = 6SM = 7/8MD = 10/12LG = 14/16XL = 18/20
List Price: $ 69.99
Price: $ 69.99

Oakland Raiders JH Design Leather Jacket – Black

Oakland Raiders JH Design Leather Jacket – Black


There’s no better way to prove you’re a die-hard Oakland Raiders fan than with this awesome Leather jacket! Fresh Oakland Raiders graphics take this piece of outerwear to a whole new level. Rock this JH Design look to every game and you’ll be the best looking fan in the stands!
List Price: $ 699.99
Price: $ 559.99

Patagonia Fitzroy Trout R1 Full-Zip Jacket – Men’s

Patagonia Fitzroy Trout R1 Full-Zip Jacket – Men’s


After countless desperate pitches, scores of alpine summits, and miles upon miles of backcountry powder, our R1A(R) fabric has compiled a worthy rA sumA . It stretches, breathes, wicks and warms with ultimate efficiency, and the full-zip iteration offers added versatility. The finely tuned high/low interior grid polyester (Polartec Power Grid), exclusive to Patagonia, is now even lighter and more breathable. With its technical fit and durable fabric, it squashes down to practically nothing in your pack. With redesigned simple cuffs, minimalist zippers to reduce bulk and a soft, kissing-welt zipper garage at the chin for next-to-skin comfort. Two zippered handwarmer pockets sit above harness line, with their mesh pocket bags doubling as internal drop-in pockets, and the offset shoulder seams steer clear of pack straps. Polygiene permanent odor control ensures civilized tent time. …
List Price: $ 159.00
Price: $ 159.00

Sierra Designs Mens Hurricane Accelerator Jacket – Rock

Sierra Designs Mens Hurricane Accelerator Jacket – Rock


Sierra Design`s tried-and-true Hurricane gets a revision for 2011 with an improved fit better styling and increased functionality. Two-layer Hurricane laminate keeps mother nature at bay and a Tricot lining adds additional warmth for cooler days and improved moisture control.
List Price: $ 49.50
Price: $ 49.50

Disney Pixar Toy Story Boy s Blue Buzz Woody Hooded Jacket, 3T

Disney Pixar Toy Story Boy s Blue Buzz Woody Hooded Jacket, 3T


Disney Pixar Toy Story Boy’s Blue Buzz & Woody Hooded Jacket Full Front Zipper For Easy On/Off. Contrasting Colored Stripes. Hood Attached At Back. Woody & Buzz Lightyear On Front; Woody & Buzz Lightyear With No Toy Gets Left Behind On Back. Size: 2T-4T
List Price: $ 24.95
Price: $ 24.95

Men’s Genuine Leather Bubble Bomber Jacket Snorkel, Removable Hood With Fox Fur Trim Black

Men’s Genuine Leather Bubble Bomber Jacket Snorkel, Removable Hood With Fox Fur Trim Black


100% genuine leather (black)
detachable hood with genuine FOX fur trim (black)
polyfil padding (takes up room inside, order size up if unsure)
high quality, sturdy, front zipper (#8, YKK)
2 slash pockets
collar with 2-snap closure
elasticized leather cuffs and waist
modern European cut
List Price: $ 275.00
Price: $ 275.00

Illinois Fighting Illini Nike 2015-2016 On-Court HyperElite Dri-FIT Game Jacket – Orange

Illinois Fighting Illini Nike 2015-2016 On-Court HyperElite Dri-FIT Game Jacket – Orange


Do you emanate Illinois Fighting Illini pride from the moment you wake up until you close your eyes at night? Make sure you continue to showcase that unwavering dedication throughout the day with this Hyperelite Game jacket from Nike. This jacket features classic Illinois Fighting Illini heat-sealed graphics, which are guaranteed to make you feel like the ultimate fan during the next game. Even if you lose your voice rooting for the Illinois Fighting Illini, this spirited jacket will continue to boast your love for the team.
List Price: $ 89.99
Price: $ 89.99