At the luxe end of the winter staple spectrum is the shearling jacket. Made from sheeps or lambswool and often lined with leather details, it’s a statement coat that will elevate any winter outfit. Peep the fleecy steeze from Drake above, a few high-end options from YEEZY Season 5 and check out the covetable dark green option that hangs on Ryan Gosling’s shoulders for the duration of Blade Runner 2049. In 2017, Shearling jackets are the definitive investment piece, which, if looked after correctly, should last you a lifetime.
As a general rule: the lighter the jacket is the higher quality it is. The unique kind of insulation that shearling provides means special care is required to keep it in the best possible condition. It’s recommended to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and instead of a machine-wash, opt for frequent and gentle spot cleaning which will keep it looking and smelling fresh.
Finally, when it comes to summer storage and seasonal rotation, don’t store the jacket in plastic as the fabric won’t be able to breathe and the texture will be damaged by the time you unpack it for colder weather again.
There’s a few affordable options below, some using faux shearling which is a decent compromise for the price, but for those seeking a long-term investment there’s high-end, dyed-wool options from Balenciaga, Schott and Acne.
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