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FLANNELS Five: Of The Best Shell Jackets

FLANNELS Five: Of The Best Shell Jackets

The not-so-humble shell jacket has a rich military history surpassed only by its current high status in the street-style vernacular. A short, practical jacket, it was the uniform of choice for the British and American armies, and its versatility meant that at the dawn of mass clothing production it quickly became a favourite amongst athletes and alternative subcultures alike. Over the years it has morphed into something contemporary and stylish – the wannabe rap star and Little Britain connotations replaced by a luxe refinement thanks to the shell jacket’s appearance in a number of high-profile designer collections. And we thank Gucci for the jacket’s revival every day, because athletic staples like the shell jacket are comfortable and weatherproof. The fact that they have now been deemed officially stylish by the fashion cognoscenti is just a bonus. Here are five of the best shell jackets of the season.

POLO RALPH LAUREN REPEL JACKET

A jacket worth shelling out for (excuse the pun), the Polo Ralph Lauren Repel jacket is an example to all other jackets of what refined sportswear actually looks like. The slick, modern silhouette is balanced by a retro blue colourway and finished with the iconic pony.

TOMMY HILFIGER COLOUR BLOCK JACKET

Part of the TOMMY X FLAGS collection inspired by sailing flags, this shell has a vintage, nautical aesthetic that feels fresh for spring. As with all good jackets for the transitional months, it’s soft, light and malleable and looks great with something as simple as jeans and a sweater or Bermuda shorts and a bucket hat.

C.P. COMPANY NYFOIL JACKET

Not your standard shell fabric, but lightweight and performance-driven nonetheless, this Nyfoil jacket with signature goggle hood is water resistant and thermo regulating and does pretty much the same job as your standard shell, just in a more high-tech capacity.

C.P. COMPANY CHROME RECOLOUR JACKET

C.P. Company has a long and impressive history of creating some of the most sought-after sportswear-that-isn’t-really-sportswear out there, and this Chrome Recolour jacket is no exception. Made in the brand’s exclusive Chrome fabric and finished with the iconic lens, it’ll serve you as well in the wild as it will at the pub.

STONE ISLAND GHOST JACKET

The Stone Island shell is, perhaps, the hero of this piece. You can see the Badge Shell jacket above, and so we thought it made sense to close, in a nice, cyclical way, with another of the iconic brand’s jackets. Part of the new season Ghost collection, the Ghost jacket is lightweight, modern and smart – what more could a man ask of his outerwear?