When a garment is co-signed by two-thirds of the holy trinity of menswear gawds (Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman), you know that it deserves a spot in your closet. The shearling jacket is certainly one such piece. There are classic images of both Redford and McQueen in the luxurious coats. One thing that stands out about the pics is that, aside from looking cool AF, both men also look extremely warm. That is part of the beauty of shearling, which is made from the leather of a sheep that has the wool still attached. Not only is the style on point, but it also serves a jacket’s primary purpose—keeping a wearer comfortable—better than just about anything else. And as temperatures continue to fall, and winter storms with ever-menacing names start rolling across the country, the time for such a jacket is now.
A shearling jacket isn’t cheap. It’s the definition of an investment piece. But you will definitely recoup that money in due time. For those days when it’s so cold that you don’t want to leave the house, the shearling jacket acts as a kind of armor that empowers you to head outside into the elements without sacrifcing an ounce of style.
So when you’re ready to make the upgrade from the standard puffy coat, check out these 6 shearling jackets and let the compliments start rolling in.
SUPREME X SCHOTT
Proof that shearling jackets don’t have to be limited to black and brown, Supreme’s collaboration with Schott features this bold lime green color that will brighten up even the dreariest of winter days.
The wool around the pockets completely transforms the look of this coat and separates it from a traditional flight jacket. The hem is a bit shorter as well, giving the coat a more modern feel.
Tom Ford captures the ‘70s Western vibes perfectly with this shearling jacket. Made in Italy, it has subtle details like leather around the trim and on the buttons. Since it costs more than a couple months’ rent, you might have to make it serve double duty as a blanket.
The wool doesn’t have to be on the inside of a shearling jacket. For this topcoat, Todd Snyder flipped the script to create a coat that looks as luxurious as it feels. The extended length keeps your legs warm as well as your upper body.
YEEZY SEASON 3
While most of the attention surrounding Kanye West’s fashion output focuses on his sneakers, this coat was one of the standout pieces from Yeezy Season 3. It has a baggy cut that allows you to comfortably pile on the layers underneath and the rust color stands out without being too loud.
BLUE BLUE JAPAN
If you’re still on the fence about a shearling jacket, this faux shearling vest is an excellent stepping-stone piece. The polyester lining has a similar hand feel to the real stuff and the vest’s shawl collar looks great whether you layer it under another jacket or wear it on its own.