The Mac Jacket Spectrum

Styling Tip

Like trench coats, Mac jackets were initially made for rainy weather, but they're appropriate to wear on any day that's overcast or chilly enough.

The Mac jacket gleaned its name from Mackintosh, the British coat maker who invented the process of rubberizing cotton to give it waterproof qualities. Decades later, the brand's familiar single-breasted trench coat silhouette can be seen all over the place. From designer lines to more accessible interpretations from bigger retailers, it's a staple that's ideal for days when there's a chance of showers. Here are a few of our favorites, in a range of prices.

L.L. Bean Signature, $185 / $119

Made from a coated cotton, they add a durable storm flap collar and slash pockets on the side. It's also partially lined in a smart tattersall fabric.

Bonobos, $298

This lightweight style has a spread collar, hidden placket and is finished off with details like taped seams for extra protection in wet weather.

Mackintosh x Epaulet, $995

Made especially for Epaulet, this waterproof trench features a contrast, tribal-inspired liner, as well as a slimmer fit than traditional Macs.

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J.Crew, $218

This coated cotton jacket also has a reinforced placket detail and a slightly darker tobacco color to help it stand apart from a sea of khaki.

Burberry Brit, $895

Combining waxed cotton with linen for a unique finish, this designer trench has flap pockets and is fully lined in one of Burberry's iconic tartans.

Isaia, $1,595

Two coats in one, this Italian-made luxury piece cut from a cotton/silk/wool blend features navy on one side and a small houndstooth pattern on the other.