Buy one, get one free offers aren’t something one would expect to associate with luxury fashion, yet this season high-end menswear brands are offering up their own versions of two for one – reversible garments that are as stylish as they are versatile.
The format lends itself well to light garments, such as macs that can be worn two ways. Italian brand Corneliani’s heritage is as a raincoat manufacturer, and the highlight of its new capsule collection of four different macs is one precisely cut, reversible raincoat (£610). Muted olive on one side, navy on the other, it’s made from a light technical fabric with a matte handle and distinctive raw edges. Naples-based Isaia also has a new double-sided mac (£1,370) in a treated canvas, with a navy exterior that reverses to a sleek tan alternative.
Hackett has a neat hybrid car coat (£750, main picture) with a natty grey windowpane-check side, made from a lightweight wool, that reverses to a navy water-repellent fabric. Other hybrids include Thom Sweeney’s navy mélange wool/cashmere jacket (£1,350), with field-style pockets, that reverses to a plain goose-down padded side. Co-founder Thom Whiddett says they developed the jacket after the success of the brand’s Loro Piana reversible gilets. Burberry has long played with double-sided pieces with updates of its reversible car coat from the 1980s. This season’s version (£1,590) has a punchy black and white cashmere/wool check on one side, and a smart black gabardine on the reverse. Another bold take comes from Gucci with a traditional double-breasted wool trench (£2,480): one side is in taupe check, the other plain navy, with both showing the reverse fabric on the folded-down lapels.
Knitwear is suited to this format too. Pringle has a cotton/linen cardigan (£550) that is zinc-grey with patch pockets on one side and dark ink on the other. Nigel Cabourn’s hoodie (£275) has a plain sun-bleached-red jersey side with a kangaroo pouch, contrasted with multicolour ribbed jersey on the other. It’s inspired by the colours worn by US aircraft crewmen, which inform Cabourn’s summer palette.
Collegiate-style check blazers and sporty windbreakers also work well as reversibles, such as Drake’s jaunty lightweight tailored jacket (£995) with solid red on one side, flipping to a Madras check. Drake’s also does a smashing Harrington jacket (£495) with a sporty zip front but slightly more fitted cut. It’s off-white on one side, and olive on the other with a navy stripe across the body inspired by old-school games kits. Mackintosh’s Riri zip jacket (£695) plays on the classic Harrington combo of a putty hue on one side and tartan in a water-repellent polyester on the other.
Hermès pushes the genre further with its slick blouson (£7,248) in green rubberised lambskin that reverses to blue Toilovent, a contemporary material with a matte handle devised in-house. The jacket’s varsity style is underscored with pale green piping and a ribbed collar and cuffs. Toilovent is also used for a preppy windcheater (£8,202), with the fabric in navy on one side and a gorgeous grey-blue rubberised lambskin on the other.
A further relaxed reversible style comes from Tom Ford, which has taken the classic jean jacket and rendered it (£6,890) in a light yellow/ivory soft calfskin. An elegant two-sided long coat (£7,150) is a perfect example of how reversible can embody casual and smart in a single garment: on one side is a relatively conservative grey jaspe check; on the other, black leather delivers a certain racy machismo.
None of these pieces could be viewed as a bargain buy, but they do offer twice the styling options – and possibly a positive spin on the term turncoat.