The Most Rugged
of Fabrics

The Most
Rugged of Fabrics

Waxed cotton is handsome, hard-wearing and built to combat fall weather

Best men's waxed cotton jackets in 2023

Invented in a Scottish mill that wove sails for the British clipper fleet back in the 1850s, waxed cotton canvas was developed to waterproof a mariner's clothing and gear. Which is how the legendary British brands like Barbour and Belstaff got the idea to start fortifying their outerwear with a wax coating to combat wet, rainy conditions.

Over the decades, the multi-step process has been refined, yielding jackets that are lighter and more breathable, but still impervious to inclement weather (not to mention road burn and other potential hazards). But thankfully, the protective coating still develops that distinctive worn-in patina after some thorough wearing. They're the ideal outerwear for transitional weather, when the coated cotton shell provides an equal amount of warmth, breathability and protection from precipitation. Styling these is easy: Throw them over your favorite denim shirt or thermal now and a cozy fisherman's sweater or shaggy cardigan later on.

Of course, it's not just jackets getting waxed these days. There are a slew of bags and hats, even jeans—all benefitting from that proactive waxy layer. Here are a few of our favorites for fall.


The Best
Waxed Jackets
(and More)
for Men in 2023

Cut from Filson’s signature waxed tin cloth fabric and insulated with PrimaLoft.

Waxed tin cloth
insulated work vest,
$225 by Filson

Rogue Territory Cord collar supply waxed jacket

Cord collar supply waxed jacket,
$448 by Rogue Territory

Barbour Harton waxed jacket

Harton waxed jacket,
$425 by Barbour

L.L. Bean Double l waxed cotton upload coat

A classic style that's been modernized for everyday use. They worked with brand British Millerain to develop a machine-washable waxed cotton.

Double l waxed
cotton upload coat,
$249 by L.L. Bean

Patagonia Waxed cotton jacket

Waxed cotton jacket,
$399 by Patagonia

The dry wax finish on this lightweight jacket repels wind and rain, while the internal drawcord at the waist ensures a comfortable, tailored fit.

Explorer waxed jacket,
$328 by Taylor Stitch

This jacket has a cult following for a reason. The fit is fantastic, it comes in eight different colors and the flannel blanket lining is extra warm and cozy.

Flannel-lined waxed trucker,
$298 by Flint and Tinder

Line of Trade Waxed ranch jacket
Line of Trade Waxed ranch jacket

Waxed ranch jacket,
$140 by Line of Trade

Buck Mason Dry waxed canvas highland jacket

Dry waxed canvas
highland jacket,
$348 by Buck Mason

One of These Days Waxed trucker jacket

Waxed trucker jacket,
$330 by One of These Days

Drake's Waxed cotton wader jacket

Waxed cotton wader jacket,
$760 by Drake's

Alpha Industries Waxed cotton car coat

Waxed cotton car coat,
$300 by Alpha Industries

Dehen 1920 Heavy-duty waxed raincoat
Dehen 1920 Heavy-duty waxed raincoat

Heavy-duty waxed raincoat,
$575 by Dehen 1920


It’s Not Just Jackets

J.Crew Waxed canvas duffle bag

Waxed canvas duffle bag,
$198 / $138.60 (w/code SALETIME)
by J.Crew

imogene + willie Willie oilcloth waxed pant

Willie oilcloth waxed pant,
$225 by imogene + willie

Tecovas Waxed tote

Waxed tote,
$135 by Tecovas

Levi's 501 '54 waxed jean

501 '54 waxed jean,
$128 / $89.60 by Levi's

Dickies Waxed canvas hat

Waxed canvas hat,
$39.99 by Dickies

Danner Camp 32 waxed canvas cap

Camp 32 waxed canvas cap,
$22 by Danner

Toast Beton cire waxed hat

Beton cire waxed hat,
$120 by Toast

Schott NYC Waxed cotton backpack

Waxed cotton backpack,
$330 by Schott NYC

How to Re-Wax
Your Jacket

Waxed cotton fabric detail

You'll know when your waxed piece needs a re-wax if you start to notice some lighter areas. Test it by spraying the area with water. If it beads, you're good. If the water absorbs, it's time time to re-wax.

Filson's waterproofing wax ($10) is probably the best place for a rookie to start. It's a softer wax and doesn't require the addition of a heat source to set the wax into the fibers. Heavier paste waxes will give you better water protection and more shine, but they are a bit more difficult for beginners.


Ensure the fabric is free of any dirt or debris and begin by dabbing on some wax and then working it into the fabric in a circular motion.


Start with hard-to-reach areas, applying plenty of wax along the seams of the garment.


Keep working in 5x5 inch squares until the item is completely covered in wax.


Hang to dry in a clean, moisture-free place.

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