It's the chosen coat of Hollywood badasses like Travis Bickle and Serpico, but the M65 field jacket began as a standard issue uniform for soldiers in 1965. The mid-weight jacket replaced the earlier M51 during the Vietnam War and with its stand-up collar, oversized zippers and utilitarian pockets, slowly emerged as an icon of masculine style. This fall, the classic coat has been reimagined in wools and twills making it an essential part of your wardrobe. Buy one a size smaller than you may be used to and wear it like a blazer, with an oxford button-down and perhaps a tweed vest or wool tie to dinner. But that doesn't mean it's not the perfect piece of outerwear whether you're snowboarding or simply schlepping around the city.
Label: Shades of Griege
Price: $211 available this fall at Tobi.com.
Price: $127, at Stussy.com
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