Most guys probably don’t like to admit it, but there are certain wardrobe items that, with the arrival of a new season, they can’t wait to bust out. It could be a certain pair of jeans for fall or a beanie come winter. Or a particular pair of sneakers in any season. They are those pieces that are more than just an individual garment. Woven into the denim, wool, or leather are the memories of good times past. So the first time you throw it on, you can sense the vibe of the approaching season.
As the first signs of spring start to appear—the start of Daylight Savings Time, flowers in bloom, Jim Nantz-narrated Masters commercials—that “can’t wait to wear” item should be a coaches jacket. Put the images of your high school phys-ed teacher twirling a whistle on his finger as his gut spills over his polyester Bike (the brand, not the two-wheeler) shorts out of your head. The coaches jacket has been reincarnated as a cool kid wardrobe staple. It’s the ideal layer to throw over everything from a T-shirt to a button-down to a sweater, providing just the right amount of warmth as the weather starts to warm. And while the coaches jacket may not be completely waterproof, you’ll be glad to have one when one of those unexpected spring showers hit. Plus, it’s got a collar, and that always classes things up.
If you don’t already have a coaches jacket in the closet, what’s wrong with you? Just kidding. We found nine awesome jackets that will have you calling all the plays this spring.
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This jacket is proof that not all coach jackets are created equal. Drawing inspiration from the packaging Need Supply uses to mail its clothes, the store partnered with Neighborhood to create a version of its Brooks jacket using the same material. It even features the same “Hello: I’m Here” messaging that Need Supply uses, which is really the ultimate way to make an entrance.
You don’t have to play for the Yankees to wear pinstripes. The white stripes on top of the navy give this coat an almost suit-like appeal, while still managing to be perfectly laid back.
In the world of sweatshirts and sweatpants, it doesn’t get much better than Canada’s Reigning Champ. But what would happen if they deployed their incredible cotton fabrics on a less traditional silhouettes? Well, as this collaborative project with Mr Porter shows, the answer is awesomeness.
In case you couldn’t tell by the name, skateboarder Jason Dill’s brand Fucking Awesome is about as brilliantly irreverent as it gets. This jacket with “FA SK8 Fucks” on the chest and a stoned Snoopy on the back hammers that point home.
Spring is the time to add a little bit of color to the standard black and white. Without any large logos or graphics, this jacket from Acne Studios comes off a little more mature, making it more versatile for different occasions.
Carhartt stays true to its American roots (in a global sense) and Detroit roots (in a local sense) with this jacket. The left chest reads “Carhartt Detroit Mich USA” and the back features the brand’s logo in a design that resembles the stars and stripes.
The skate mag Thrasher has been making coach jackets long before they became the go-to brand for models and fashion insiders. With its pentagram-inspired Skategoat logo and a camo print, this is the perfect jacket for raising some hell.
Any camo nerd will quickly identify the pattern on this coat as rain camo. For everyone else, it’s just a series of tiny stripes. Either way it’s a great print, especially when coupled with California sneaker boutique Undefeated’s five strikes logo on the front.
Purple is the color of royalty (and purple nurples, but forget about those) so don’t be afraid to step out in the color, especially in this Stussy jackets with its 90s throwback graffiti-style logo.