As with donuts and their jelly, the good stuff is usually hidden. Sartorial case in point: the liner jacket. The humble liner is the engine room of outerwear, having spent years doing all the hard work keeping its wearer warm and getting little recognition for it. We’re glad things have changed.
The liner jacket began life serving as an extra layer of heat, attached to the innards of the M-65 military jacket introduced by the US Armed Forces in the ’60s. Though no new thing, military surplus continues to khaki-fy our wardrobes, and the liner, favored for its oversized and winter-bearing character, continues to be in demand. Japanese brands have killed it with militarian-influenced goods for a long time now, and the labels included in our selection, from Vanquish & Fragment to Beams, reflect that.
See our selection of the best liner jackets around below
Think liner jackets and something pretty damn close to this probably springs to mind. Military green is the je ne sais quoi of the liner, and it’s seen here in all its glory.
A peachey spin on the liner that’s perfect for those still carrying the rose gold iPhone.
Another respectful homage to the liner’s military history, this one from Haven adds extra functionality via buttoned pockets.
Binbag chic is a thing right now, from technical pants right up to liner jackets like this one by Japanese label Post Overalls.
Beams softens the M-65 inner piece with a fleece iteration. The lover-not-a-fighter cousin of the liner.
Liner by name, not really by appearance. American label Save Khaki goes down a darker path, adding some white lined detailing to the liner while retaining the boxy style we know and love.
If the door policy states “complete jackets only,” this liner would slip by unnoticed. A puffed-up piece by Ten C, this is more than capable of going it alone.
Vanquish & Fragment
Back to the olive green goods, and another attachable garment with powerful warming properties. Made in Japan, like many of these highlights.
If the classic M-65 liner is the serious cousin, then R13’s iteration is the fancy one. It’s got tassels.
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