The Urban Adventurer’s Jacket

I don’t wear a suit everyday. I haven’t even been wearing a sport coat every day, either. My world, and that in which I live, has become increasingly casual. But, as we know, casual doesn’t have to mean a mess. I still dress deliberately.

One of the more useful wardrobe pieces to see near constant use, is the safari or field jacket. I’m down a number of pockets when not wearing suits and sports coats and really tailored clothing doesn’t allow for a bunch of kit to be stashed away anyway. The jacket solves that problem with its wealth of bellows pockets. I’m saving up to get a luxury custom-made suede version from a wonderful looking company called Stòffa. In fact, their idea of casual suits me to a t.

Agyesh Madan wearing his own creations.

In the meantime, I make do with a older version from J. Peterman and a newer (and far less expensive) find from outdoors outfitters, Cabela’s!

J. Peterman Safari Jacket cica 1988

Cabela’s Safari Jacket. On sale now! Click through.

The trick is to avoid the temptation to go full-on Red Buttons in “Hatari” and avoid cargo trousers. I pair my jackets with tailored trousers or white/off-white linen-cotton jeans. Desert boots work well as do suede driving shoes and loafers. I will wear a t-shirt or polo shirt under the jacket if it’s very warm out. Otherwise a long-sleeve popover or what-have-you maintains that semi-professional look. Chambray looks like it was invented for the purpose.

What carries you through your urban adventures during your more casual days?

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