With roots that go way back to the 1940s, shearling, or sheepskin, was originally associated with the pilot jackets (also known as flight or bomber jackets) worn by the military. Such jackets were typically lined with sheepskin to keep their wearers snug and warm — a necessity, especially in the biting cold.
A decade later, the humble pelt became inducted into the upper echelons of mainstream fashion, thanks to James Dean’s iconic shearling ranch coat in the seminal ’50s Western film Giant. (His dreamy eyes, effortless swagger and striking jacket made for quite an attractive combination, we must say.) Since then, shearling has become a winter wardrobe staple, and has even been spotted on the runways of fashion houses such as Coach, BLK DNM and Alexander Wang.
For our dapper gentlemen friends (especially for those who are setting off for winter vacations this December), here are 10 shearling jackets that will keep you warm and oh-so-stylish.
If you adore the rugged style seen on the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, try on this bad-boy shearling biker jacket that exudes effortless sophistication.
Wrap yourself up with this plush shearing coat by Jonathan Anderson at Loewe. This coat will look great when paired with a white turtleneck knit and a pair of denim jeans.
A popular style back in the ’80s in New York City, this Coach jacket has undergone a modern-day reinvention with plush shearling and heavy-duty silver hardware for a utilitarian finish.
Fans of the ’70s rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic, you’re in for a treat with this double breasted shearling coat that not only allows you to channel your inner Mick Jagger, but at the same time keeps you warm.
Flight jackets are a must-have in your closets for this season, and what could be better than having shearling intertwined into a bomber jacket? Two (trends) for the price of one, that’s a steal!
Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, this jacket is ingeniously taped at the sleeve reminiscent of the Elizabethan style. Match it with a blue striped button-down shirt and a pair of sand coloured slim-fit trousers.
If you prefer to play it safe on the sartorial front, try on this exposed shearling, aviator styled jacket. It isn’t too ostentatious and is a versatile statement piece that’ll add instant glamour to any outfit.
For fashion risk-takers, try out something fun and new with this Vetements cropped jacket with a daring asymmetrical shearling collar.
If you’re visiting London, this duffle coat is both stylish and practical. Team it with a simple pair of dark denim jeans and forest-green pullover, and you’re good to go.
Timeless and eye-catching, this Ermenegildo Zegna jacket can even pull double duty as a blazer — perfect for that business meeting you need to rush to, right after your flight.