Wednesday inspiration – M-65 Field jacket

Posted by Atte Rytkönen on 17.2.2016 in General

M-65 field jacket is one of those pieces one can call as a menswear-essential. And for a reason.The M-65 jacket is in fact an iconic part of men’s fashion. As the spring keeps coming it is time to take your field jacket out of the closet.

Field jacket - tommy ton for GQ

As many other overcoats the M-65 field jacket has it’s roots in the military. Despite that fact I am personally more fond of a bit more modern (slimmer cut) versions of the model. The classic M-65 design has four front pockets and a funnel neck with zip out hood, just in case you should find yourself caught in an unpredicted, light shower. Usually the jacket also features a pull-in cinch at the waist to give you a more defined shape. In the first place the M-65 was produced in nylon/cotton sateen fabric (NYCO) that was built to meet the demands of battlefields. Today one can find jackets made of multiple different materials ranging from pure cotton to wool, nylon or even leather.

If you are looking for a field jacket, check at least AspesiTen C and in case you’re looking for something a bit more traditional – American Alpha Industries.

My personal favorite piece for the season is a version made by Visvim. The jacket is sulphur-dyed and has been put through the brand’s own ‘damage’ process for a vintage look. Thanks to the clean silhouette the M-65 field jacket is incredibly versatile. First of all it works perfectly combined for example with casual elements such as denim and a basic sweatshirt. On the other hand the same jacket can be worn over a suit or a sport coat without a doubt.

Below are two alternative attires to showcase the versatility of field jacket.


Field jacket with a suit
Field jacket combined with a blue suit and chelsea boots.
Field jacket combined casually
Visvim field jacket, gray sweatshirt and fitted denim.

Sum-up – Inspired by M-65 field jacket

As a sum-up a few pictures featuring field jackets in different kind of combinations. As you can see there are multiple different ways to combine the jacket. Only remember to keep the colors in balance.

And if you haven’t yet read it, check also my post from last summer about wearing a camouflage patterned field jacket with light colored denim and sneakers.

Field jacket - Ezio Mancini
Field jacket - Man 1924
Field jacket - Ralph Lauren
Field jacket with a suit

Pics via The Sartorialist / Tommy Ton

  • Lauri

    What’s the dark green jacket in the upper alternative? That’s a really nice colour!

  • Sheikh Ali

    I just wanted your opinion on the fit of my m65 woodland camo 1989 US Army issue size Small/Short. Does it look too big on me? Thank you.

    • dresslikea

      Hey man,

      Nice jacket! I like the woodland camo pattern on that one. And in terms of sizing I think the length is pretty much like I feel the M-65 should be. It is a bit short but definitely not too short. Just make sure that if you wear it over a sport coat the sport coat does not show underneath the jacket. And I think that otherwise the jacket also fits like a M-65 should. A bit loose but not too much. The sleeves are a bit long so personally I would think about shortening them just a little.

      Hope this helps!


      • Sheikh Ali

        Do you think its better to get it tailored or to just get a
        Size X-small/short if i can locate one.

        • dresslikea

          Well, if you happen to find on XS, you can for sure give it a try. But I personally would probably take that to a tailor as the XS might then get too short.

          And why not to combine that with oxford shirt and a denim jacket, however I would be careful to layer two “outerwear jackets”. So if you can find an overshirt made of denim, that would be perfect for a that kind of a combo.


          • Sheikh Ali

            You are right. I will take it to a tailor soon. I really like the light and heavy outerwear layering idea. What do you think?

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