Types of Men's Casual Jackets

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Men's casual jackets come in a variety of styles. Each style has it's own particular features that makes it stand out from other jackets. Learning about the different types of jackets will help you determine the best jacket for yourself. Where you plan on wearing the jacket, as well as your sense of style will help narrow down your search.

Bomber Jacket

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A bomber jacket, sometimes referred to as an aviator jacket, is a short jacket that has elastic bands at the waist and at the cuffs. The jacket fits loosely both in the body and the sleeves. It has a zip closure in the front and may have a fur like material around the collar. Bomber jackets were originally made for pilots. These specially designed jackets kept pilots warm in cool cockpits. Bomber jackets can be made from almost any material. The more common materials include wool, suede, leather and nylon. Many stores carry bomber jackets in a variety of sizes. JoS. A. Banks, Banana Republic, Macy's and Dillard's carry bomber jackets.


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A windbreaker is a type of men's casual jacket that is meant to do prevent wind and other harsh elements from penetrating the jacket's fabric. Windbreakers are often worn for outside events that may include sporting events, hiking and biking. Windbreakers are lightweight, making them easy to move around in. Windbreakers can repel rain and sleet, a quality that may appeal to outdoor enthusiasts. WIndbreakers have elastic bands at the waist and around the cuffs with a front zip closure. Most department stores and athletic stores sell windbreakers.

Varsity Jacket

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A varsity jacket, also known as a letterman jacket, is a school jacket that represents a high school, college, team or club. The jacket is normally a solid color with pin stripping around the collar and cuffs. A large letter or a team logo is found on one breast of the jacket. Varsity jackets have elastic at the waist and at the cuffs with front snap closure. Varsity jackets have a clouded history. The first documented use of a varsity letter occurred at Harvard in 1865. According to Mount Olympus Awards.com, "In 1865, the Harvard baseball team added an old English 'H'. The H' was embroidered on the gray flannel shirt. Ten years later, the Harvard football team began using the letter H on their jackets. Since then it has spread nation wide.

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