When it comes to rugged style, you really only need to make a few tweaks to your garments to invoke that adventuring spirit signature to the type of dress.
In fact, the type of clothes that give off a rugged look all have one common theme: they’re versatile.
One such garment is the CPO shirt jacket. The CPO stands for “Chief Petty Officer,” named after the coat given to U.S. Navy officers to use as an extra layer before going out for cold-weather work. The CPO jacket reaches as far back as the 1930s when it was most commonly worn in the navy.
Fast forward to now, and the CPO is one of the most common silhouettes for shirt jackets. Due to their durability and comfort (often made of cotton or wool) they never phased out of men’s styling.
The Faherty Brand Stretch Lined CPO
It’s no secret there are hundreds of different CPO jackets out there on the market. Many times, you can easily get duped into a CPO that looks good when you first buy it, but once you wash it a few times it looks like a towel you see sitting around an auto body shop.
That’s why we’re pointing you towards a real CPO jacket, one that looks as good as it feels, the Faherty Brand Stretch Lined CPO.
Cut with a relaxed fit, and made with 100% cotton and lined with nylon sleeves, the Stretch CPO is built for effortless layering. The Stretch CPO wears perfectly as an outer layer in brisk weather, as well as a mid-layer in cold weather.
Want to wear the Stretch CPO to work? Pair it with your go-to business casual outfit of khakis and an oxford shirt. Or perhaps you’re wanting an extra layer for that Friday night concert? Take your Stretch CPO and pair it with some light wash denim and a vintage t-shirt.
Hitting up the bar? Throw the CPO over a polo and black jeans—and with your best pair of Chelsea boots on, no less.
You can wear a CPO with a more business casual outfit like khakis and an oxford shirt, or casually with a pair of light-wash jeans and a vintage t-shirt.
What you’ll find is your CPO will act as a Swiss Army Knife of jackets. What’s great is the Stretch CPO comes in three different colors, so you can pick the one that fits your wardrobe the best: Washed Black, Rugged Khaki, or Olive.
Faherty Brand Flannel Shirts
Another way to channel rugged styling is through a flannel shirt. You can find flannel in all different types of patterns and colors these days, but a rule of thumb for shopping for a good flannel is making sure it’s quality made.
By making sure a flannel is made with premium materials, you ensure the shirt will hold up over time. Your best flannel should age well, and it should feel soft and warm every time you throw it through a wash cycle.
Faherty has good a wide array of awesome flannel shirts that will stick around through multiple seasons. Below are some of our favorite flannel styles you can shop right now. Pair any of these with your favorite pair of jeans or khakis.
Legend Sweater Shirt Tan Charcoal Buffalo
Knit Alpine Shirt Charcoal Heather
The Movement Flannel Polar Night Plaid
The Movement Flannel Autumn Plaid
Faherty Brand Knit Shirts
A knit shirt is another great way to channel a rugged look. Faherty’s knit shirts are comfort-driven, but they uphold their versatility in styling. Throw on any of these shirts or hoodies for that next Sunday brunch or for that next trip to your local brewery.
Legend Waffle Hoodie Breaker Blue
Legend Waffle Crew Olive Surplus
John is the Style & Gear Editor for BroBible. You can contact him on Twitter @johnthompsoniv or via email John@brobible.com
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