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Spot-On Style: Menswear Maven JOHN JANNUZZI Talks Outerwear

A word of wisdom, ‘fellas: It’s never too late to invest in a staple jacket.

So we thought, who better to help you find the perfect cover-up than Textbook founder and editor and Lucky Magazine‘s John Jannuzzi. From what to look for in a jacket and how to style them, take a cue (or two) from Mr. Jannuzzi. After all, he was named one of StyleCaster’s 50 most stylish New Yorker’s…

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How would you describe your personal style?
It’s pretty casual. I wear what’s comfortable and what I’m naturally drawn to. If I had to describe it in a few words, I’d say it’s sort of an unkempt prep style.

What is your signature look?
I keep things pretty simple. If you happen to bump into me, chances are I’m wearing a pair of jeans, a white V-neck and a button up, Oxfords in the summer and flannels with a sweater in the winter.

Who are some of your favorite outerwear designers?
The most important thing I look for in outerwear is fit. It’s difficult to find the proper silhouette because outerwear must lay on top of everything else you wear. I have a John Varvatos overcoat that fits me better than anything else I own, and is made to last for years and years. Aside from that, I’m partial to Kitsuné for their silhouettes and colors, A.P.C. for their simplicity and Michael Bastian for his casual and easy styling.

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John Jannuzzi On How To Style His Favorite Outerwear Pieces:

1. This Band of Outsiders top coat is a really flattering length for almost any body type. Grey is the perfect neutral—well worth it. I would wear it with a pair of dark denim jeans, a button-up and a hoodie. The piece itself is fairly elegant, but pairing it with more casual pieces is a nice play on the cut.

2. Kim Jones, the cult leader of Louis Vuitton menswear, collaborated with Beanpole on this exclusive coat for Barneys. It will surely turn heads, and is a great option for cool summer nights. This piece is a little tougher because of the color, so I would roll with chinos and a white tee or Oxford. If you’re wearing this coat, it will become the focal point of an outfit and you don’t want to overdo it.

3. Spring’s warm days and cool nights are the perfect climate for light jackets with a pair of chinos or shorts. Michael Bastian offers up the perfectly cut summer jacket here. It’s very casual—I’d probably reserve it for the beach or boating, which begs shorts, boat shoes and a tee—no muss no fuss.

4. I’ve been checking out this Shipley & Halmos coat in the store for a while. It has a seersucker striped lining in the hood that adds refreshing detail. The neutral color is an easy match to pretty much anything you own. I would wear it with a dark pair of jeans—the contrast of the light neutral coat against the dark denim would break nicely at the leg and avoid the “faux jumpsuit” look.

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What do you look for when you’re searching for the perfect jacket?
Fit—it’s the ultimate deciding factor. If you’re a bigger guy, you want a longer length and don’t want to cut yourself off at the waist. If you’re skinny, you want something that will stick close. Aside from fit, you want something that will really complete your entire look.

This period between winter and spring is tricky when it comes to outerwear—what are some in-between season jackets you plan to rock? 
Layering is the easiest way to stay comfortable in these transitional weeks, so if you wear a simple crewneck and shirt underneath, wear a lightweight jacket or trench like this one from Shipley & Halmos. One piece you’ll get mileage out of is an ultra lightweight jacket like this piece from Michael Bastian. If you’re headed towards the beach or running around town, it will keep you comfortable, but not overheated. Plus, it can be worn as a heavier shirt if you roll the sleeves.

Share your wisdom—what outerwear essentials should every man have in his closet this season? 
Every man should have a quilted vest. It’s easy to layer underneath other coats without bulking you up and can be worn solo in the spring or fall. If you’re not into layering, then I suggest a trench of some kind—no man should be without one, and you’ll have it for years to come.

Shop all men’s outerwear at Barneys.com.

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