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    Opinions On Light Outerwear Layer Options In Place of a Trucker Jacket?

    Hi all,

    I really enjoy adding an additional outer layer to a spring or fall outfit similar to a trucker jacket. I think it adds a lot of character to a look, as well as helping me avoid the preppier, sweater over a button down look; nothing wrong with that look, as I've been known to use it at times, but for now, I'm just looking for something a bit different, maybe a bit more rugged or casual. I really enjoy my trucker jacket and wear it at least once or twice a week, but I'm looking for a substitute that could be worn with my jeans. I don't strictly adhere to the "no denim-on-denim" rule, but it does look a bit tacky if you don't at least have contrasting colors to the denim. Most of my denim is dark wash, and my trucker happens to be a darker wash as well, so the two together look a bit silly.

    Any opinions on a light outerwear piece, similar to a trucker in function, that would pair well with denim? Something like a safari jacket, a bomber, maybe a military-esque jacket. Keep in mind I'm trying to avoid a navy or similar shade of blue so as to provide contrast with my dark wash denim, so color variations such as brown/tan, green/olive, off-white, etc. is what I'm looking for.

    I'm looking forward to the responses, thanks guys!

    #2
    I just bought this khaki harrington style jacket recently:

    http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do...&pid=198987002

    They also have a red nylon version. I think the navy nylon harrington sold out online. I bought the khaki cotton jacket for the same reason as you. I wanted something non-denim and non-navy to contrast more with blue jeans. I went with Gap because I had unused gift cards to redeem. Otherwise, I might have gone with Ben Sherman:

    http://www.amazon.com/Ben-Sherman-Cl.../dp/B00M97CPIM

    Target has harrington jackets too, and they were mentioned recently on dappered threads. Of course, you can always spend $400 for a Baracuta jacket.

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      #3
      Shirt jacket

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        #4
        Originally posted by Alex1 View Post
        I just bought this khaki harrington style jacket recently:

        http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do...&pid=198987002

        They also have a red nylon version. I think the navy nylon harrington sold out online. I bought the khaki cotton jacket for the same reason as you. I wanted something non-denim and non-navy to contrast more with blue jeans. I went with Gap because I had unused gift cards to redeem. Otherwise, I might have gone with Ben Sherman:

        http://www.amazon.com/Ben-Sherman-Cl.../dp/B00M97CPIM

        Target has harrington jackets too, and they were mentioned recently on dappered threads. Of course, you can always spend $400 for a Baracuta jacket.
        I like the look of that Ben Sherman jacket, but I couldn't really tell from the picture how the material would feel. I know it says it's 100% cotton, but it looks kinda similar to raincoat material, like a nylon or something? I hate the swishing sound those jackets make, it's a bit of a pet peeve of mine lol. Any idea what the hand is like? And those Baracuta jackets look really sexy, but I most assuredly cannot shell out that kind of change... unfortunately.

        Originally posted by 3piece View Post
        Shirt jacket
        Any examples you like in particular [MENTION=11274]3piece[/MENTION]?

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          #5
          For shirt jackets, you will also find many listed as "jac-shirt." The classic and widely available example is the lumbersexual, red-and-black plaid jac-shirt. The other most common colors I see are navy, camouflage, olive green, tan, and brown.

          I see these particular Carhartt's all the time. I would disclaim that I live in a bigtime fishing area... people may mistake you for someone going fishing.

          http://www.amazon.com/Carhartt-Weath.../dp/B00CBE1S6I

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            #6
            Heavyweight flannels, CPOs, chore coats, task jackets.

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              #7
              Pointer Brand chore coat.

              Ben

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                #8
                Grainger may be a good catalog to get ideas from. All of the above styles are sold as work clothes aside from the Levi's type 3s.

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                  #9
                  I just can't get behind all the Harrington jacket love on here lately. No matter how I see them worn, they just seem like old man jackets to me.

                  Bomber jackets are super popular now (see the other thread). I just picked up a Killion off Grailed, and I love it. Fits much slimmer and less puffy than the Alpha Industries MA-1 that I returned.

                  M-65 jackets are also really popular. J Crew makes a well reviewed one: https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/...true&hash=row1

                  Apolis chore jacket is towards the top of my want list right now: http://store.apolisglobal.com/jacket.../#black-indigo Olive & Grey are sold out, but you can find them on eBay or Grailed.

                  I'm also keeping my eye out for a suede biker style jacket like this: https://www.instagram.com/p/BCyJM99g5ts/ But I haven't found one in a price or cut of exactly what I'm looking for yet.

                  In general, I think Massimo Dutti does this look really well. I like the look of several of their spring jackets: http://www.massimodutti.com/us/en/me...s-c680512.html

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                    #10
                    The old man connotation may be regional. If anything, I associate Harrington with ska, mod, punk, etc. The entire point being to show the tartan lining.

                    Of course, people who wore that kind of stuff when it was really popular are old men now, so...

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                      #11
                      What about this? http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse...01&cid=1051345

                      I thought of buying it when they had the 40% sale. Definitely wouldn't pay $140 for it.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
                        Pointer Brand chore coat.

                        I quite like the look of that jacket. Seems like a nice, sturdy material that fits pretty closely to the body. This is an example of a "chore" jacket, correct? I'll have to look into those.

                        Originally posted by connersw View Post
                        I just can't get behind all the Harrington jacket love on here lately. No matter how I see them worn, they just seem like old man jackets to me.

                        Bomber jackets are super popular now (see the other thread). I just picked up a Killion off Grailed, and I love it. Fits much slimmer and less puffy than the Alpha Industries MA-1 that I returned.

                        M-65 jackets are also really popular. J Crew makes a well reviewed one: https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/...true&hash=row1

                        Apolis chore jacket is towards the top of my want list right now: http://store.apolisglobal.com/jacket.../#black-indigo Olive & Grey are sold out, but you can find them on eBay or Grailed.

                        I'm also keeping my eye out for a suede biker style jacket like this: https://www.instagram.com/p/BCyJM99g5ts/ But I haven't found one in a price or cut of exactly what I'm looking for yet.

                        In general, I think Massimo Dutti does this look really well. I like the look of several of their spring jackets: http://www.massimodutti.com/us/en/me...s-c680512.html
                        [MENTION=13775]connersw[/MENTION] I have to say that I agree with you on the Harrington jackets. If done right and worn with the correct look, I think it can look pretty good. But it seems to be very easy to go wrong with it and look like a father of 3 that drives a minivan (no offense to any father's of 3 that drive minivans, I'm sure you have many redeeming qualities; fashion just doesn't tend to be one of them).

                        I REALLY like many of the samples seen from Massimo Dutti, those are some beautiful jackets. I'm going to look into one of those. If I can find something similar on Ebay/Grailed than that will be my first choice simply because of the price tag, but wow those are some really nice looking pieces.

                        Originally posted by dappertert View Post
                        What about this? http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse...01&cid=1051345

                        I thought of buying it when they had the 40% sale. Definitely wouldn't pay $140 for it.
                        Many of you mentioned these shirt jackets. I've got to say, not to say I don't appreciate those suggestions, but I'm not a fan of the look. They look almost like a frumpled flannel in many cases. I think they could be done well, but it isn't really my taste.

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                          #13
                          If you want something more flashy, you might try Filson. These quickly creep into the $200–$400 range, but may be worth it for how long something like that lasts.

                          The Carhartt and Pointer Brand stuff is really for getting dirty. They are literally what you'll find in the grainger catalog, army surplus, or feed store. Nothing wrong with that, just not designed to look that great.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
                            Pointer Brand chore coat.

                            I really like the look of that darker brown one but can't seem to find it anywhere. Any idea on where to get it?

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by mmgfarb View Post
                              I really like the look of that darker brown one but can't seem to find it anywhere. Any idea on where to get it?
                              That's their brown. They don't make a darker brown. The lighting in the photo does make it look darker brown.

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