Spring jacket: The must-have style staple for men this season

Tempus style columnist Rikesh Chauhan on the one clothing item that should be in every man’s closet this season — the spring jacket

Jason Momoa jacketA jacket will make or break an outfit. Don’t just take my word for it; ask everyone on social media when event season rolls around. For every immaculately dressed Jason Momoa being praised for his style choices, there are also dozens of others being shamed for their style crimes. Granted, Momoa is well known to have his jackets made bespoke by Henry Poole – because if you were built like a truck, it’s probably the way to go. But this year’s Oscars red carpet saw a similarly fortress-like Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) and many others of less imposing shapes and sizes, showcase just how unflattering a jacket can be if it doesn’t fit correctly.

Now, that’s not to say that everyone necessarily needs a bespoke wardrobe, but, as these two giants of the big screen prove, a little research goes a long way.

When it comes to quality tailoring, there’s no need to look anywhere else but Suit Supply. Well-researched and responsibly sourced cloths, great silhouettes and the ability to make in-store alterations make this brand a no-brainer. My pick of the new collection is the Black Havana Blazer. Firstly, after several seasons of a dizzying array of hues1, it’s time to bring back the black jacket. When the silhouette is either soft or unstructured, it becomes surprisingly casual and versatile. This pick is a great example of that, given the shape which fits true to size, and the ability to wear it formally with a shirt, tie and trousers when the occasion demands, or simply dress it down with jeans and a white tee.The Rock JacketIf black is a bit too intense a colour, allow me to introduce you to something on the other end of the spectrum. I’ve long been an admirer of The Anthology, and the style of its co-founder, Buzz Tang. Made of a 100% raw linen cloth, its Sandstone Sport Jacket is the epitome of craft, structure and detailing. Reminiscent of shantung, the jacket’s subtle lustre and soft handle makes it the perfect option for late spring, leading into the long-awaited summer.

If money is no object, but you’re still looking for something ready-to-wear rather than bespoke, the name Lardini should excite you. As should Loro Piana. As should a wool-cotton-silk-blend basketweave cloth. In a chocolate brown which screams for warmer climes, this mouthwatering jacket is the ultimate must-have. Replete with patch pockets, soft shoulders and Lardini’s signature flower lapel pin, once you put it on, good luck trying to take it off. Black Havana blazerBlack Havana Blazer by Suit Supply

Black is the new black with this elegant, relaxed fit. Unlined and tailored slim, it works as part of a suit or to lift a casual look for seriously effortless Havana style.

suitsupply.comLinen Sport Jacket in Sandstone by The Anthology

Proportions make perfect with this 6×2 pure linen sport jacket. Raw linen with subtle shimmer sourced from Harrisons of Edinburgh to add an extra touch of pure class.

theanthology.netjacketBrown Loro Piana Silk Blend Basketweave Jacket by Lardini

Just look at it. The epitome of quiet luxury in a versatile rich brown tone, this breathable summer jacket is finished with horn buttons and a signature flower lapel pin.


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