The Obtainer - 4/1/24, Monday

The Obtainer

April 1st Edition

Cory Ohlendorf

Just because it’s warming up, don’t sleep on all the style and swagger that a good jacket will bring to your day-to-day fits.

- Cory Ohlendorf, Editor in Chief ⋯ @coryohlendorf


The New Essentials

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Depending on where you call home, spring is starting to show itself or might still be a few weeks away. In any case, you likely need something to ward off any late winter/early spring chill. A lightweight layer that not only adds a little insulation but provides some visual interest and swagger to your everyday look. If you ask us, spring and summer are no time to stop wearing a jacket, it's simply time to wear a different jacket.

And in 2024, what makes for a great lightweight jacket? We're so glad you asked. Of course, there are plenty of options on the menswear spectrum—the world of jackets runs wide and deep—but the one that really stands out this season is a cropped silhouette.

The waist-grazing outerwear proves that proportion is the name of the game as guys embrace higher-waisted pants with a wider leg. It just makes sense to shorten up your top game. Does it mean stepping out of your comfort zone a little? Perhaps. But once you embrace the transformative power of the cropped jacket, you'll instantly notice it does wonders for how you look. First off, it visually lengthens your legs—a trick employed by a legion of crop-top-wearing dudes on TikTok—which not only makes you look taller but also gives you a slightly broader chest.

With the abbreviated length and sleek silhouette, the jackets embody an air of confidence and sophistication. Which is why they pretty much look good with anything you pair them with, from tailored, high-waisted trousers and pleated chinos to distressed denim and even shorts. The adaptability is one of its greatest assets. Want to transition it from day to night? Just swap out some accessories and shoes and you're ready to go. As for which style suits your tastes, we've rounded up the best options of the season to help you out. Take a look, try one on and embrace that badass quality that comes with a cropped cover.

Our Picks

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Cut from a smooth, breathable Italian cotton/nylon fabric, this boxy jacket is finished with flap chest pockets and oversized horn buttons.

Cotton-nylon jacket,
$410 by Our Legacy

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Named after the famed fly-fishing region, the Catskills jacket is a modern interpretation of a fisherman's jacket, complete with a corduroy collar and plenty of pockets.

Catskills canvas jacket,
$395 by Knickerbocker

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Originally made for the Japanese market, this is a streamlined version of the legendary Barbour Spey. All the original features remain, but it’s just cooler and cropped.

Spey jacket,
$229 by Barbour

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Cut from a lightweight jacquard fabric in a relaxed-fit silhouette, this vintage-inspired jacket has floral embroidered details on the chest and across the back.

Cropped trucker jacket,
$160 / $128 by Abercrombie & Fitch

*** Ask The Obtainer ***
Ask The Obtainer

How do you manage your cords (be it at work or at home)? There’s gotta be a better way than zip-ties, right?

- Alan

Well, zip-ties aren't a bad way to wrangle a mess of cords. They get the job done securely. But what I've found is that they're a one-time use. And when I needed to move my computer or gaming system, then I was forced to clip them and start over, so I eventually went with more sustainable options that were a bit more adaptable and reusable. Now, I like Nearockle's silicone cable straps—the stretchy bands come in various sizes and colors and allow for two ways of tying up your cords. If you have thicker cords, you might want to use Velcro's cable ties, which are a little longer and can wrap about bigger bundles or secure a wire against a table leg. To keep wires from dangling under our desks, my partner and I use Command Strip hooks to tuck wires and cords under the table.

Silicone cable straps, $8.15 (for 16 pieces) by Nearockle

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5 Stylish Items to Buy This Week

Allow us to rush the season a bit. Because it's too early for shorts, of course, but we have it on good authority that these will likely sell out. A ruggedly cool alternative to the more standard Patagonia Baggies, these shorts from The North Face ($60) are cut from stretchy, recycled nylon ripstop and coated with a DWR-finish for added water-repellency. Generous and secure zipper mesh cargo pockets will safely store your EDC and a built-in webbing belt allows you to dial in the fit. They're available in two colorways, a gravel grey and this rich navy blue.

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Smart Buys

The sales and discounts our team is currently watching.

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Percival has become a go-to brand for leading men because their stuff is polished but casual. This knit shirt with a snap button placket is the perfect example. And now it’s on sale for 30% so pick one up.

$195 / $135
by Percival


You don’t need us to sell you on all the benefits of using AirTags. But you might need us to tell you that the ingenious little trackers are now on sale for 25% off … a discount that rarely happens.

$99 / $74.99
(for a four-pack)
by Apple


Sweater vests are definitely enjoying a comeback. Especially for spring. Wear this one from Manaaki over a plain white tee for a laid-back skater vibe. The intarsia-knitted pattern wraps all around the back.

$285 / $114
by Manaaki


Brooks Brothers knows good loafers. Their full-grain leather slip-ons are hand-sewn in a classic English style, with beef roll details and a hidden memory foam footbed that offers all-day comfort.

$349 / $209.40 by
Brooks Brothers


This handsome bar set solves a common problem. If you don’t regularly use your tools, they need to be dusted or cleaned before you do. This covered glass dome protects them while looking great, too.

$80 / $42
by Godinger


The thing about those “quiet luxury” plain caps is that they’re usually a couple hundred bucks. This one, from J.Crew’s outlet store, is cut from organic cotton in four shades, all for just 25 bucks.

$49.50 / $24.50 by
J.Crew Factory


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