Highsnobiety / Julien Tell

It’s August, which means we’re approaching the final stretch of summer. For the sartorially minded, this transitional period represents the ultimate headache. It’s colder, of course, and September showers are unfortunately a thing, yet it’s still balmy and not the right time to go digging out that heavy wool coat. Call it the Schrödinger’s cat of the menswear calendar.

Having a go-to light jacket in your wardrobe seems like an obvious, straightforward requirement, but the market is so saturated with options that buying the right one takes a bit of thought. What does your day-to-day demand? How far does your budget stretch? Do you need a lot of storage space? And what about waterproofing?

We’ve reached a point where light jackets are now often purpose-built for a specific use. If you’re an outdoor type, you might want to invest in something more modular and lightweight, while those in colder, rainier places would be advised to read up on goose down and wondrous technologies like GORE-TEX. Of course, there are plenty of indulgent, high-end options out there, too — not every purchase has to be made responsibly.

From Stone Island to Patagonia, with everything else in between, here we’ve rounded up the best light jackets for men on the market right now.

When It Rains, It Drips: Waterproof Light Jackets

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As Earth-bound mortals, we’re subject to meteorological unpredictability. Our ’fit decisions are, ultimately, at the whim of the weather. That’s why a light jacket built specifically for inclement conditions is a must.

Classic Jacket

RAINS

$91

One such option is a classic waterproof jacket from Scandinavian label RAINS. The simple, wallet-friendly piece is guaranteed to keep you dry without overcomplicating your outfit with gratuitous graphics or egregious logos. The khaki colorway is a safe choice that will work with most other neutral color combinations.

Kk Dv Light Anorak

The North Face Black Series

$490

For something a little more rigorous, there’s the KK Dv Light Anorak from The North Face’s Black Series, a sub-line that merges street style aesthetics with maximum functionality. The KK Dv Light deviates from the clean lines usually proffered by The North Face and features a detachable pack at the chest, a high neck hoodie, adjustable cuff and hem, and the brand’s logo on the sleeve.

Garment Dyed Shell Jacket

Stone Island

$570

Stone Island is also ready for bad weather with the garment-dyed shell jacket. Coated in waterproof acrylic resin for a smooth matte finish and complemented with snap-fastening chest pockets, the piece is instantly recognizable thanks to that signature Stoney detachable compass logo patch on the arm.

Torrentshell Waterproof H2No Performance Standard Ripstop Hooded Jacket

Patagonia

$155

Sustainable US label Patagonia’s Torrentshell Waterproof H2No Performance Standard Ripstop Hooded Jacket includes a compact hood and visor that can be stored inside the collar when not in use.

Light Jackets for Harsh Conditions

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Just because there’s a freak dip in temperature doesn’t mean you need to be beleaguered by a heavy-duty trench coat. Light jackets can keep you warm, too, thanks to innovative fabric technologies that keep heat locked in without adding bulk.

Nano Puff Jacket

Patagonia

$199

Patagonia’s Nano Puff Jacket (seen above in icy gray) traps body warmth and retains heat even if it gets wet. The jacket is made from 75 percent recycled materials and, because it’s Patagonia, you can trust that every possible measure was taken to ensure minimal impact on the environment during its creation.

ThermoBall Insulated Jacket

The North Face

$149

Similarly, The North Face offers the ThermoBall insulated jacket, which can be squashed down to fit in a bag and offers warmth comparable to a 600-fill power goose down.

Quilted Worker Jacket

Craig Green

$1160

Craig Green, favorite of menswear enthusiasts around the world and most famous for his candy-colored architectural shapes, has made a relatively low-key quilted jacket out of technical polyester. It features a beautiful dropped shoulder, spread collar, and thin waistband.

Down 100 Grams Herrington Jacket

Prada

$1600

If you’re looking to really invest, Prada has released the quilted jacket above. It weighs a mere 100 grams and is made from 90 percent goose down, with a subtle, tonal rubberized logo on the back below the collar.

Light Jackets for the Great Outdoors

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If you want to leave your sedentary, screen-facing existence behind and switch it for an outdoor lifestyle you can put on an Instagram story captioned, “Who needs a gym when you have this!?” there are plenty of light jackets out there to aid your mission.