...it doesn't mean go for the most functional, waterproof eyesore that you can get from some hipster outdoor brand.
While I know there's a need for the utilitarian buried somewhere in that Y chromosome we men all carry, there's a time and place where North Face/Patagonia gear is appropriate (e.g. literally in Patagonia).But in every day life, there's little need for such extreme protection from the elements. Very few of us will EVER need a jacket with an electronic avalanche rescue system, but having the option in a jacket will make most men pause (and, in some cases, shiver in technological delight) and think "yea... I think I need that just in case..." So I don't think that money is the issue, because most men will drop a few hundred dollars on these jackets without blinking. But the sad thing is, the thought never occurs to consider a more stylish option (like a peacoat, or a designed raincoat). So let me make the case that for the same price as a tricked-out piece of performance outerwear, you can equip yourself with a jacket/coat that is both functional and stylish. I'm incredibly biased here because I love jackets (the way a woman loves bags/shoes, I love me some jackets). I love them because they are the most architectural and innovative article of clothing that is in a man's closet. Dress shirts, pants, t-shirts and sweaters are relatively constant, but jackets can be long/short/light/heavy/patterned/solid/simple/complex and everything in between. Plus, a well-fitting jacket helps to give a guy a better shape (for those of us that do not have a Men's Health cover model's discipline/metabolism or Conan-the-Barbarian genes).
- light grey topcoat from Zara
- vintage dark teal peacoat from no name store in Tokyo
- faded black cotton twill peacoat from Energie
- stone grey military jacket from Reiss
- black water-repellant biker jacket from Charles Jourdan (found this store in last trip to Hong Kong but can't find website)
- black trenchcoat - the happy conclusion to a previous post on trench coats here
And if you're in the Bay Area and don't want to go out alone in search for your jackets - let your friends here at Wearability know and we'll gladly help you find one just for you! =)