Although we aren’t all roaming the sandy plains of Africa or exploring some far away land like a modern day David Livingston, there is every reason to have a classic safari jacket in your wardrobe for the summer. An item which first seen emergence in 1900 with the British Army when they were stationed in South Africa during the Second Boer War, it is something that has been hugely popular throughout the years in the fashion world, with us seeing a bit of spike again at the recent Pitti Uomo menswear event in Florence. Available in various shades, it is the ideal piece for those warmer, balmier evenings with its lighter construction. Further-more its highly versatile, looking fantastic over a dress shirt at work or more relaxed with denim. Below I’ve put together three examples varying in price range that will not only have you looking sharp, but bring out a little of that inner explorer over the next few months.
Possibly my favourite out the three with a brilliant price point of around £60.00 is this Moss coloured piece from tagsafari.com. Constructed from lightweight 5 ½ ounce cotton fabric, it is an absolute summer must have. I would wear this by tying back, or even removing the belt completely to leave the jacket open revealing a nice light blue shirt and tie. If you are planning on rolling your shirtsleeves up this jacket is on board too with its functional Swiss tabs, it will keep everything neat and tidy. I also love that it is a highly functional item with epaulettes to save your binoculars moving around and four roomy pockets. In this instance however, the most we will use them for is our mobile phone and wallet. Still all in it looks fantastic and a great wardrobe addition.
Next up is Manchester based brand Private White VC. These guys are one I’ve been following for quite some time on Instagram and who produce some really cracking items of clothing. Their creation worthy of this list is the olive coloured Linen Field Jacket priced at £495. Now I can hear you asking, can this be considered a safari jacket? My justification here is both have a military heritage and multiple pockets so yes it can. Plus it looks absolutely fantastic so it would be rude to leave it out. It is crafted from 100% Irish linen so is ideal for the warmer weather and perfect for layering over a light blue shirt or white t-shirt. Throw in some of the finer details such as four generously sized patch pockets, internal drawstring adjustable waist and real-horn British-made combat buttons and this is one seriously good jacket.
The final option here is from world-renowned British tailor Anderson & Sheppard. It is the most costly on our list at £1,750 but my goodness is the finish incredible. With a total of 15 pockets, two of which you can actually fit an iPad or tablet in, this multipurpose jacket comes in two stunning colour options of taupe or chocolate. With its slightly heavier structure from drill cotton its one I would consider towards the tail end of summer, perhaps when the evenings are getting a little cooler. My personal recommendation would be to wear it with a fresh white shirt and dark coloured tie. Finish it off some chinos and tan tasseled loafers and you are on your way to style nirvana.
Having a safari jacket in your wardrobe gives you a brilliant item that allows you to construct some stand out summer outfits. Of course once you are all kitted out and ready to go, its important to make sure your face is looking equally as good. To prepare, start your day with the Monroe London Caffeine Eye Gel. This 10ml tube, complete with metal roller ball, is designed to give your tired eyes a welcome boost first thing in the morning, blitzing away those dark circles and puffy bags. Even better still with its handy size and your new safari jackets many pockets, you can easily carry it with you.