Popularized by military pilots in the 1950s and given the Army-Navy specification number MA-1, the nylon jacket was a jet-age replacement for the heavier shearling-lined flight jacket. Today's versions are a little more modern, but just as macho. The military details have been toned down, the material softened and the silhouette slimmed. The result is an easygoing, breathable layering piece that's easy to pull on for cool spring evenings or breezy days, but isn't stifling or stuffy when the weather starts warming up.

Shown left: $895 by Gant Rugger