When designing for the Bassike guy, we’re always guided by the idea that men want a wardrobe built on elevated classics, promising a sense of ease that’s easy to build on season after season.

So when winter comes around, you shouldn’t have to overhaul your wardrobe too much. You should be reaching for those classic, utilitarian jackets that are easy to layer and that transcend the seasons (and the age of the wearer).

Here are five outerwear pieces that are built for the long haul, as well as some advice on how we’d style them at Bassike.

Leather bomber jacket

The bomber is an essential addition to any well-dressed guy’s winter wardrobe. The detail on this design is of the highest quality with clean and minimal lines, while the leather is ethically sourced from Italy and made in Australia.

The beauty of the bomber lies in its versatility: it can be worn casually during the day paired with drill pants, or worn with a white shirt and relaxed suit pants for a more elevated look.

Wool coat

Perfect for our winter (as wool is not too warm and provides just enough heat for Australian temperatures), this simple, elegant coat can be layered over knitwear or a hooded sweatshirt, which creates a nice contrast. It can even be worn with a long-sleeved cotton T-shirt. More often than not it’s designed to look (and feel) relaxed, while also helping to elevate more neutral basics, bringing them to life.

The addition of the white hood in this particular style (see the second image) adds a street feel, so the outfit doesn’t look pretentious or overly thought-through, but the wool fabrication gives it a luxurious feeling. And the navy colour is universally flattering, too.

Weatherproof jacket

Everyone needs a decent jacket that looks stylish and protects you against the elements. This one in mustard is super practical as it’s constructed in a special water-resistant, quality Japanese cotton. I like to see guys wear this one with a pair of jeans or casual drill pants (which are like combat, pull-on pants) and finished off with a pair of slip-on checkerboard Vans.

This trans-seasonal piece can be worn all year round, either layered with pants in winter and or on cool summer nights with baggy fleece shorts.

Denim jacket

A classic wardrobe staple, the denim jacket is a non-negotiable, utilitarian investment that carries you through summer and winter. The wash of denim will vary depending on what look you’re after, but you can never go past a classic vintage-wash denim jacket. I love how this can be worn true to size or bigger for a more oversized look.

Depending on the occasion, the denim jacket can be worn with track pants (when you feel like being understated), a pair of light-blue jeans (when you feel like making a bit more of a statement and going for the classic double-denim look, something Bassike is known for) or a pair of tailored pants (for a more refined look).

I personally love authentic heritage shapes and washes. Start with our regular-fit denim jacket (sold out online, but available in-store), which comes in a light, beaten-blue wash. And I’ll always have a soft spot for a classic Levi’s vintage denim jacket, which is timeless and can be relied on season after season.

Flight jacket

Another great outwear staple is the flight jacket – it was originally designed for pilots, but became a popular outerwear piece in the ’70s when its style evolved to a bomber-jacket shape, like this Alpha Industries version. They’re often made from durable fabrications, and many brands draw inspiration from this traditional shape.

Start with the Slim Fit Flight Jacket from heritage brand Alpha Industries, which has been creating performance outerwear since the ’50s. It’s a slimmer fit through the body and the sleeves.


Mary Lou Ryan founded Bassike in 2006 with Deborah Sams. The Australian label – which designs both menswear and womenswear – is known for its superfine jerseys and quality basics.

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