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6 of the best shearling jackets
Full disclosure: affordable shearling is an oxymoron. But considering given the fact that anything made from it will look, in 20 years, much as it does the day you buy it, on a price-per-wear basis it is just about possible to justify dropping four figures on something you cant drive around in.
The second-mortgage price tag is because its so tricky to produce. Shearling is a single piece of lambskin thats removed and tanned with the wool still attached, giving one side of weather-stopping suede and another of air-trapping wool to keep you snug even when its Baltic. Which is why you should swerve the fake stuff, which offers neither the weight nor the breathability of the real thing. Either take a deep breath and invest, or admit that shearlings just not for you. Yet.
Wild wild west
No ones worn shearling better than Clint Eastwood. Ever. But even without the lantern jaw and six-shooter, you can still take some steps to emulating his outlaw style by keeping your outer surface light and pairing with that other cowboy staple hardwearing denim. Just be aware that cowboy boots, ponchos and horses arent trending.
Gant Rugger shearling jacket, £1,350, gant.co.uk
The first pilots opted for flight jackets fashioned from waist-length sheepskin, as it offered the mobility and warmth they needed in uncovered cockpits. Which is why shearling coats in bomber silhouettes endure, offering a luxurious spin on a style thats been ubiquitous for the last few years. Wear this Burberry take with the collar popped, over a tee and black jeans, for some high-end dressing down.
Burberry shearling aviator jacket, £1,895, burberry.com
As youd expect, Belstaffs take on shearling draws heavily on the brands motorcycle heritage. So theres a buckle fastening, wind-beating throat clasp and angled pockets with zips you could operate even with leather gloves on. Though if youre not going to use them to store your maps, theyll happily take an oversized iPhone too.
Belstaff Bridlington shearling jacket, £2,595, belstaff.co.uk
Three for the price of one
The beauty of Rick Owens shearling jacket is its simplicity. Theres a touch of the aviator in its oversized collar, some biker in the asymmetric zip, and the unadorned torso with vertical pockets youll appreciate their cashmere lining when the mercury drops is somewhere between a bomber and varsity jacket. Expensive, sure, but youre kind of getting a trio of jackets for that spend. Kind of.
Rick Owens shearling jacket, £2,690, mrporter.com
Roll on snow
Were big fans of the parka as a weather-beating jacket you can wear with anything. So much so that this AllSaints take, which ups the luxury stakes with merino shearling, huge, double-buckled side pockets and a zip-back collar that references the iconic M-65 field jacket (as sported in a rather less wallet-bruising form by Bobby de Niro in his taxi), is making us actively look forward to the years first frost.
AllSaints Bretley shearling parka, £998, allsaints.com
Collar, no cuffs
We get that your landlord might not be down with waiting a couple of months for his rent. So if you cant quite stretch to a whole coat cut from shearling, get it where it matters; round your neck. When the winds up you can pop that fleecy collar to stay snug. When its not, you can bask in the appreciative glances from those who assume it continues all the way inside. And since Penfields jacket is packed with 550-fill down, youll still be just as warm as if you were wearing a whole lamb on your back.
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