The 15 Best Shearling Jackets Are Worth the Investment

It was 2002 when I came across an of the best shearling jacket I had ever seen—even until today, almost two decades later. I forget where exactly I discovered it, but the beige suede aviator with a pronounced collar and pockets, worn over a simple white V-neck tee and roomy cream-colored trousers, has stuck with me. It was a runway look from Gucci, then designed by Tom Ford, when the brand was unabashedly sexy.

Sexy: The word that perfectly describes a shearling jacket, particularly if it’s an aviator. When done correctly, the style has presence and commands a room. It beckons passersby to stop, stare, and, on occasion, blush. Ford, perhaps more than most, understands its ability to allure; since leaving Gucci and starting his own label, he usually presents at least one in his seasonal collections. It makes sense when you discover that the man is a Texan—one who owns a ranch, no less. He’s a cowboy, so he gets how durable and insulating the material can be. But he also has the panache and swagger of James Bond, which means anything less than sexy just doesn’t suffice. And it doesn’t get any sexier than that combo, fellas.

Ford, of course, isn’t the only designer that’s a fan. Rick Owens, the chiseled lord of darkness, constantly reinvents the biker jacket, using shearling to bolster the drama of his collections. Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing and Saint Laurent’s Anthony Vacarello have also put forward eye-catching designs, combining the sheared lambswool with corduroy, suede, or denim. And burgeoning names, like Ambush’s Yoon Ahn and Bianca Saunders, have done wonders with textures, proportions, or a combination of both. But if tradition is what you’re after, the folks at Overland and Schott and Levi’s constantly offer up the real deal.

It is important to note that most shearling jackets and coats cost a pretty penny—even if they’re lined with sherpa. Yes, there are very good affordable options, but in regards to this category, you’re gonna have to open up your wallet wide to get the look of an authentic cowboy 007. But when you do, rest assured that, with a description like that, you’ll make hearts flutter.

Source : Esquire