The trusty mac coat has been an outerwear staple in many a stylish man's wardrobe since it was invented by Charles Mackintosh in the 1820s. Originally designed for British gentlemen whose days were spent partaking in outdoor pursuits like horseriding, shooting and fishing, it was crafted from innovative rubberised cotton and quickly became popular for its sturdy construction and water-resistant properties.

Today, while the typical hobbies of the modern man may have evolved somewhat since those early days, the mac endures as the ultimate cold weather companion – ideal for accompanying its wearer through the tricky transitional months into winter. Offering the elegance of a classic trench coat but with a cleaner, less fussy silhouette, it's easy to wear and ultra-versatile. Throw yours on over just about anything – from sweatpants and sneakers to a sharp suit.

From the classic to cutting edge, these are the men's mac coats that we're lusting after at the moment.

Best men's mac coats to buy in 2021

Wax London Dark Khaki Navarino Mac

Wax London's bestselling Navarino Mac has been given an upgrade. The latest take on the Navarino retains the signature style's lightweight, unlined design and pared-back silhouette, but is constructed from a new waterproof, crease-free cotton. Sturdy and stylish – what's not to love?

ASKET Navy Car Coat

It doesn't get more classic than this. ASKET's navy car coat is designed in line with the brand's dedication to producing understated staples that will stand the test of time. The simple design and durable construction means it will see you through years of year.

Percival Tan Waterproof Sherlock Mac

Percival's waterproof mac coat is a trans-seasonal staple that you'll reach for time and again – all year round. It's lightweight enough to throw on over another jacket, but the bonded lining lends it just the right amount of strength.

Mackintosh Fawn Bonded Dunoon Short Coat

Named after the inventor of the mac, Mackintosh is one of the world's most renowned coat makers. Its Dunoon style, a shorter take on its famous three-quarter length coat, is perfect for everyday wear. It's designed to last a lifetime, having been meticulously made in Scotland in accordance with centuries-old craftsmanship techniques.

APC Flynn Mac Coat

Unlike traditional macs, this mac from APC isn't water-repellent, but its woollen construction lends it ultimate warmth. Wear it with tailored trousers and leather sneakers for an effortless take on smart casual.

Riley Studio Limited Edition Classic Car Coat - Check

Made in London using surplus organic cotton, this limited edition car coat from Riley Studio is equal parts sustainable and stylish. With a detachable hood, generous patch pockets and waterproof construction, it offers utmost functionality, not to mention timeless style. Team it with jeans, loafers and an understated cashmere jumper for a fail-safe smart casual look.

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