The digitized camouflage currently used by the United States military is known as ACUPAT, and was chosen after several tests in late 2003.

G.I. Style

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.

Wool Plaid

Label: Shades of Griege

Price: $211 available this fall at

  • Fact: A shrunken fit, shoulder epaulets and a flannel plaid give this otherwise casual coat an air of urbane slickness.
Basic Cotton

Label: Stussy

Price: $127, at

  • Fact: This simple take on the M65 lacks the drawstring waist, but does have a durable (and warm) quilted ripstop lining.
Fleece-lined Twill

Label: Relwen

Price: $398, available at Steven Alan, Rolo, San Francisco and Lost Boys, DC.

  • Fact: This legacy brand mixes vintage styling (a well-washed patina, creases and abrasions) with such smart design details as glove-like sleeve cuffs.
Khaki Brushed Cotton

Label: Nice Collective

Price: $448, at American Rag, Los Angeles and Barneys stores.

  • Fact: With its velvety soft feel and attached hood, this fits and feels more like a favorite sweatshirt than a jacket, making it an ideal weekend cover-up.

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