Summer is over – God, we miss the World Cup – and the days are starting to lengthen.
This means plenty of good stuff – fireworks, Christmas, pubs becoming approximately 30x more cosy – but it will also be really, really cold.
However even the cold isn't all bad: few items are more stylish than a dashing winter jacket.
Whether you prefer long and swishy or short and chunky, we've rounded up 16 of the best winter jackets on the market.
Put on one of these bad boys and you'll soon be wishing winter lasted six months of the year.
Which, thanks to climate change, it probably soon will!
Best Winter Jackets
The Quilted Jacket: Barbour Lutz
Any country gent worth his salt has a quilted jacket in their locker – and there's a good reason it's usually a Barbour. Take the Lutz: it's lightweight but has 100g of insulating wadding, and is waterproof enough to tackle rain showers with ease. Subtly tailored with a button front, this is the perfect low profile jacket – bringing a little bit of country chic to your City get-up. barbour.com
The Bomber: Private White V.C Pilot's Bomber
The welcome revival of the bomber jacket over the last few years has seen many modern-day twists on this classic silhouette – none more successful than Private White's take on the G-1 flight jacket of WWII. Its classy UK-woven Melton Wool construction and detachable real shearling collar is perfect for when the temperature really drops, while still having that bad-ass pilot edge. privatewhitevc.com
The Pea Coat: Magee Fintra Pea Coat
For those in the know, the pea coat was once the garment of choice for seafaring gentleman looking to keep the wind chill and ocean spray off their necks. But even on solid ground this style is a wardrobe staple. Master of Donnegal tweed, Magee, adds its own twist in this navy hip-length offering that finds a happy medium between rugged naval look and tailored fit. magee1866.com
The Double-Breasted Jacket: Huntsman King Coat
The double-breasted jacket is back in abundance this season, which means it’s high time you update your wardrobe. The perfect outer layer for the City, it’s warm, hardwearing and refined enough for any formality. This charcoal wool iteration from one of the foremost Savile Row tailors is inspired by a Huntsman style once worn by King George V. With a silk velvet collar for that extra regal touch, there’s few options better to throw over your suit in the colder months. huntsmansavilerow.com
The Trench Coat: Burberry Chelsea mid-length trench
Originally designed for army officers in the late 19th century, the trench coat has shaken its military heritage in favour of its position as one of the most versatile jackets on the market. Its traditional gabardine-fabric construction, designed by Thomas Burberry, is waterproof, surprisingly warm and always stylish. It has to be Burberry – and this mid-length Chelsea is a timeless option. It's a worthy investment, so be sure to get your initials monogrammed into the interior for good measure… burberry.com
The Overcoat: Turnbull & Asser Hopton Hydrophobic Wool Coat
The overcoat is a must-wear City staple: its tailored fit always looks the part, and sits over your suit with minimal hassle. Stand out from the sea of black and navy with this gorgeous houndstooth option from Turnbull & Asser. With a special hydrophobic wool finish, which directly repels both water and oil, this is far more than its smart-looking silhouette would lead you to believe. turnbullandasser.co.uk
The Motorcycle Jacket: Belstaff Roadmaster Jacket
Biker jackets have to be tough if they're going to handle whatever elements the road throws at them, but it's exactly that reason why they're so damn wearable in the unpredictable British weather. Belstaff is the king of contemporary luxury with a motoring twist, and nowhere is this better exhibited than the Roadmaster. Its waxed British cotton exterior is breathable and water resistant, while its streamlined fit and buckles at the hip make for the perfect blend of modern and traditional. Saddle up. belstaff.co.uk
The Mackintosh: Thomas Pink Sandby Mac
Like the trench, the mackintosh dates back to the 19th century when Charles Macintosh designed an innovative waterproof raincoat. Fast forward to modern day, and its still one of the most useful coats for when the heavens open. Thomas Pink's version, in collaboration with Italian rainwear manufacturer Sealup, bonds two layers of Italian wool together and finishes with heat-sealed seams for the ultimate in rainproof outerwear. thomaspink.com
The Shearling Coat: Berluti Leather Shearling Caban
The shearling jacket's old-school look and cowboy charm is undergoing a resurgence this year, thanks in part to luxury brands like Berluti proving just how good this silhouette looks when its paired with the finest materials. The Parisian brand adds a velvety soft grey suede outer layer to the warmth of a brown shearling interior. Leave it to the French masters of leatherwear to make a jacket look and feel this good. berluti.com
The Field Jacket: Ermenegildo Zegna Field Jacket
The field jacket is perhaps the most riffed on garment of the last year, with a host of labels playing off its utilitarian silhouette and military heritage to great effect. It's masculine, it's weather proof, it's versatile – it'll never let you down. Zegna's sophisticated version is made with a blue trofeo cashmere: a luxurious blend of wool and cashmere, known for its warmth and softness. zegna.co.uk
The Gillet: Purdey Quilted Tweed Body Warmer
No country boy look is complete without a body-warming gilet to beat off that chill: wear it underneath a mac or throw it on top of a chunky knit and you're onto a winner. Purdey's version is the perfect blend of classic tweed look and practical winter garment, its PrimaLoft quilting keeps you well-insulated at all times, while its soft-knitted collar keeps your neck protected from the cold. purdey.com
The Parka: Canada Goose Carson Parka
When it comes to the ultimate protection from the cold, nothing quite compares to a good parka: after all, it was originally created by Inuits to keep the Arctic breeze at bay. Canada Goose picks up where the Inuits left off, with this classic overstuffed design specifically created to endure temperatures as little as -15C, so it should be able to handle Canary Wharf in January. The coyote-fur ruff is just a bonus. canadagoose.com
The Down Jacket: PS by Paul Smith Wool-Cashmere Down Jacket
As much as we love the parka – and we do, a lot – sometimes its biggest strength can be a negative: it's just too bulky and warm. Perhaps it's this reason the down jacket has become such a raving success this year. Take this minimalist PS by Paul Smith offering: it's constructed of a warm wool and cashmere blend then filled with down and feathers, but its hip-length cut means you get ample insulation without any of the weight. Perfect everyday outerwear. paulsmith.co.uk
The Duffle Coat: Gloverall Mid-Length Monty Coat
The duffle coat has existed in one form or another since the mid-19th century – with its toggle fastenings, boxy hood and thick woollen material immediately recognisable. The Gloverall duffle coat is the equivalent of the Burberry trench coat: frequently imitated but rarely matched. This mid-length version is a modern take on this classic style, while the grey colour is ideal for a number of outfits. gloverall.com
The Leather Jacket: dunhill Lambskin Racing Blouson
If you're ever going to be successful at channeling your inner Steve McQueen, you need yourself a leather jacket that's as effortlessly cool as the man himself. Straight from the dunhill archives, this lambskin racing blouson is exactly what you need. From its subtle racing green colour to the oversized collar and ribbed cotton hem, this is a timeless silhouette that's never going out of style. dunhill.com
The Short Jacket: Oliver Spencer Portobello Jacket
The short jacket is a hybrid between a blazer and an overcoat, but it deserves its place inside your wardrobe. The Portobello jacket from Oliver Spencer is quickly becoming one of the brand's hero pieces: not as fussy as a long coat, its rugged Barrow wool construction is perfect for those slightly milder winter days, while its unstructured fit is ideal for dress-down work days or the weekend. oliverspencer.co.uk