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 horse riding, 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 jacket endures as the ultimate cool weather companion – ideal for accompanying its wearer through the tricky in-between seasons. 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 and loafers.

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

11 best men's mac coats to buy in 2023

M.C. Overalls 60/40 Single Breasted Mac Coat

East London label M.C. Overalls has been producing hard-wearing everyday staples for over 100 years. The brand's Single Breasted Mac Coat is a contemporary classic, timeless in style and designed to transcend trends. We love this versatile olive hue, which will complement moodier autumn and winter palettes as well as lighter shades in the warmer months.

L'Estrange Modular Mac

London-based label L'Estrange specialises in minimalist menswear staples that transcend trends and seasons. This all-weather men's mac coat does just that. Crafted from organic cotton and recycled nylon, it's lightweight enough to be worn year-round. Throw it over a tee and jeans in the warmer months or layer it over a cosy jumper in autumn and winter.

ASKET Navy Car Coat

It doesn't get more classic than this. ASKET's navy car coat is designed in line with the Swedish 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. Perfect for everyday wear, or up the ante with tailored trousers and an Oxford shirt for an effortless business-casual look.

ISTO. Car Coat

Made in Portugal from durable organic cotton and smooth Tencel lining, ISTO.'s Car Coat is built to last. The sleek silhouette and classic mac coat collar lend it a timeless elegance, cementing it as a fail-safe go-to for year-round wear.

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. The autumnal tan hue lends itself perfectly to pairing with rich chocolate, navy and ochre colours. Try layering it over a corduroy worker jacket for an interesting textural contrast.

Closed Virgin Wool & Cotton Coat

German brand Closed has created an outerwear wardrobe hero that ticks all our boxes: it's lightweight yet warm, with a simple silhouette and a relaxed fit that enables easy layering. Team it with a cashmere jumper, raw denim jeans and chunky boots for smart-casual style that you can't go wrong with.

Mackintosh Oxford Navy Bonded Cotton 3/4 Coat

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

Club Monaco Mac Cotton-Blend Trench Coat

Club Monaco's minimalist take on the men's mac coat is timeless and elegant, guaranteeing years of wear. It's crafted from a hard-wearing cotton-blend and has a covered placket for added protection on stormy days. Layer a Merino wool jumper and Oxford shirt underneath for a look that will take you from boardroom to bar.

Arket Cotton Car Coat

This slightly oversized men's car coat from Arket is as functional as it is fashionable, boasting three-layer waterproof cotton construction and enhanced with slanted welt pockets, storm flaps at neck and taped inner seams for ultimate wet weather protection. Wear it with tailored trousers and Derby shoes for an effortless take on smart casual.

A.P.C Auster Mac

A.P.C's Auster Mac is a classic coat that you'll reach for time and again. Crafted from a felted heathered woollen cloth, it boasts water-repellent qualities, so it will keep you looking suave even in a downpour. Channel Parisian elegance and throw it on over a Breton knit, teamed with raw denim jeans.

Take your style up a notch with these sophisticated men's jackets.

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