First of all, they’re eminently layer-able: over hoodies, cardigans, fleece, and even under a big puffer when it gets seriously cold out. They’re tomboyish and unaffected and never try too hard, or at least the best ones don’t. And while they’re definitely on the casual side, they’ve got a certain crispness to them that can make even the most low-key outfit look pulled-together. Best of all, for the most part they’re pretty reasonably priced, like this one from Lee’s Vintage Modern collection.
A perfectly classic denim option from L.L. Bean.
This looks like the kind of jacket some glamorous artist like Cecily Brown would get all paint-splattered in the studio.
A slightly preppy option from Vans.
I actually think this orange boiled wool number is pretty elegant and designer-y-looking, even though it hails from Urban Outfitters.
This looks really authentically like a French worker’s jacket to me.
A corduroy and sherpa option for when it gets seriously chilly.
From tomboy-cool brand Wildfang: a slightly longer railroad stripe choice.
Alex Mill’s version comes in a few winning hues, but I’m loving the poppy red.
And finally: how about Everlane’s $75 specimen in luxe white corduroy?