The New Essentials

Get Shorty

Best men's cropped jackets in 2024
The New Essentials

Get Shorty

If you get one jacket this season, make it a cropped jacket

Depending on where you call home, spring is starting to show itself or might still be a few weeks away. In any case, you likely need something to ward off any late winter/early spring chill. A lightweight layer that not only adds a little insulation but provides some visual interest and swagger to your everyday look. If you ask us, spring and summer are no time to stop wearing a jacket, it's simply time to wear a different jacket.

And in 2024, what makes for a great lightweight jacket? We're so glad you asked. Of course, there are plenty of options on the menswear spectrum—the world of jackets runs wide and deep—but the one that really stands out this season is a cropped silhouette.

The waist-grazing outerwear proves that proportion is the name of the game as guys embrace higher-waisted pants with a wider leg. It just makes sense to shorten up your top game. Does it mean stepping out of your comfort zone a little? Perhaps. But once you embrace the transformative power of the cropped jacket, you'll instantly notice it does wonders for how you look. First off, it visually lengthens your legs—a trick employed by a legion of crop-top-wearing dudes on TikTok—which not only makes you look taller but also gives you a slightly broader chest.

With the abbreviated length and sleek silhouette, the jackets embody an air of confidence and sophistication. Which is why they pretty much look good with anything you pair them with, from tailored, high-waisted trousers and pleated chinos to distressed denim and even shorts. The adaptability is one of its greatest assets. Want to transition it from day to night? Just swap out some accessories and shoes and you're ready to go. As for which style suits your tastes, we've rounded up the best options of the season to help you out. Take a look, try one on and embrace that badass quality that comes with a cropped cover.


The Best
Cropped Jackets
for Men in 2024

Cut from a smooth, breathable Italian cotton/nylon fabric, this boxy jacket is finished with flap chest pockets and oversized horn buttons.

Cotton-nylon jacket,
$410 by Our Legacy

Named after the famed fly-fishing region, the Catskills jacket is a modern interpretation of a fisherman’s jacket, complete with a corduroy collar and plenty of pockets.

Catskills canvas jacket,
$395 by Knickerbocker

Banana Republic Harlan cotton jacket

Harlan cotton jacket,
$220 by Banana Republic

Frame Cotton trucker jacket

Cotton trucker jacket,
$448 / $224 by Frame

Todd Snyder Cotton military jacket

Cotton military jacket,
$298 by Todd Snyder

Miles Leon's Cotton moleskin jacket

Cotton moleskin jacket,
$720 / $360 by Miles Leon's

Originally made for the Japanese market, this is a streamlined version of the legendary Barbour Spey. All the original features remain, but it’s just cooler and cropped.

Spey jacket,
$229 by Barbour


Dickies Eisenhower jacket
Dickies Eisenhower jacket

Eisenhower jacket,
$79 by Dickies

John Elliott Thumper trucker jacket

Thumper trucker jacket,
$568 by John Elliott

Kartik Research Cotton canvas jacket

Cotton canvas jacket,
$650 by Kartik Research

COS Twill utility bomber jacket

Twill utility bomber jacket,
$220 by COS

Zara Textured jacket
Zara Textured jacket

Textured jacket,
$109 by Zara

Abercrombie & Fitch Cropped trucker jacket

Cut from a lightweight jacquard fabric in a relaxed-fit silhouette, this vintage-inspired jacket has floral embroidered details on the chest and across the back.

Cropped trucker jacket,
$160 / $128 by Abercrombie & Fitch

ASOS Cotton Harrington jacket

Cotton Harrington jacket,
$65 / $49.99 by ASOS


BDG Canvas stripe trucker jacket
BDG Canvas stripe trucker jacket

Canvas stripe trucker jacket,
$89.50 by BDG

Buck Mason Dry waxed deck jacket

Dry waxed deck jacket,
$348 by Buck Mason

Levi's Classic trucker jacket

Classic trucker jacket,
$89.50 / $62.65 by Levi's

Alpha Industries RAF mod jacket
Alpha Industries RAF mod jacket

RAF mod jacket,
$300 by Alpha Industries

Styling Tip

When you’re wearing a cropped jacket, tuck in your shirt to emphasize your waist. And if you’re tucking, try pulling on a belt. Evan Snode of Buck Mason told us that he buys his extra long so that there's additional material at the end, giving his waistline a little added interest.

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