If there’s one jacket that’s everywhere right now (and set to stay in the spotlight right the way through spring) it’s the shearling-lined trucker jacket. From fashion’s punchiest super-designers, to quirky cult brands and heritage manufacturers, everyone’s offering one. What’s more, the January fashion weeks (always a reliable barometer for men’s style) were awash with sharply-dressed men sporting their own preferred take on the humble trucker, almost always with some shearling in the mix.
So, here are five jackets guaranteed to make for satisfying wearing. Invest in one of these now and it’ll see you through the next few months with the minimum of fuss.
1. Beams washed denim trucker jacket
Beams has done it again. New for the season, the cult Japanese brand has come up with this sharp washed denim jacket with bags of retro appeal. Cut in the classic trucker style, it’s short and boxy with a revere collar, button-front and two utility pockets on the chest. It’s made in Japan (from top notch acid-washed selvedge denim), finished with traditional moulded and pressed metal buttons, and it’s fully lined in soft faux shearling. Thanks to its denim construction, it’s warm but lightweight and easy to throw on. Pair with slim khaki chinos and a dark corduroy button-down shirt for a clean casual look. £560, shop now
2. Valstar suede and shearling trucker jacket
Milanese heritage brand Valstar doesn’t just make the iconic A1 flight jacket. It also works wonders with shearling. This tan goat’s suede trucker is in many ways the quintessential take on the theme – cut with a panelled front, straight silhouette and two Western style patch-and-flap chest pockets. Moreover, Valstar is as obsessive about its shearling as it is about its suede, so this trucker is feels robust, super-soft and suitably warming and the collar’s a generous size too. Wear over a chunky cream or charcoal merino rollneck with pleated navy chinos now, and when it starts to brighten up, swap out the knit for a lightweight jersey crewneck. £1,500, shop now
3. Oliver Spencer corduroy shearling-trimmed jacket
Fair enough, this little number sits somewhere between a trucker and a work jacket, but it ticks enough style boxes to do the job; the shape’s suitably square and cropped, the side welt pockets are practical and the jacket also features buttoning side adjusters to trim the fit if need’s be. In navy, it’s versatile and understated, and the soft shearling collar pops against the dark, glossy corduroy. Wear with pale grey tees, tailored chinos and soft flannel shirts for a quirky, but decidedly cool ensemble. £319, shop now
4. Remi Relief needlecord shearling trucker jacket
Another uber-cool Japanese brand, Remi Relief creates robust casualwear inspired by Californian skater and surfer style. It’s designed by one Mr Yutaka Goto, who’s keen on working both soft textures and colours through his clothes – as is evident from this luxurious needlecord trucker with a faux shearling lining. The beauty of this piece is in the way it feels; the lining is particularly plush and the oversized collar (with its detachable real shearling top collar) is perfect for popping. The soft taupe coloured cord is a sophisticated choice too. It’ll look mean layered over charcoal or mid-grey colours; try it with a rollneck or flannel shirt and slim flannel trousers for a put-together smart casual look. £490, shop now
5. Levi’s dark indigo denim Sherpa jacket
Sometimes, the classic is all you need. Levi’s has been making the iconic denim trucker since the early 1960s, and today offers umpteen different takes on the style. This is our favourite: the dark dyed shearling and crisp raw indigo denim give it a different feel that’s slightly dressier than the more traditional washed denim alternative. The contrasting orange stitching is a sharp touch, too. Play up the jacket’s dark colours and layer over dark grey knits, earthy brown corduroy or midnight blue chambray shirts. Don’t be afraid to do double-denim either – pair with some well-worn 501s for a look that we guarantee will feel wrong, but look so right. £120, shop now