Last Updated on 12th May 2012

It may be raining buckets outside but thankfully the dark, cold winter is behind us. Although we still have to fight through springtime rain, summer is just round the corner and hopefully warmer, sunnier days are coming with it. Whether you need to update your wardrobe through pure necessity or whether you’re a strict follower of fashion, here are three jacket styles that are not only on trend, they represent great value for money and will last through the next few seasons. All of the >men’s jackets highlighted below are available from Next.

Formal jackets
Every man worth his weight needs a formal jacket beneath his formal shirt. This season, tailoring for men’s jackets is classic and simple. Clean, unfussy lines and elegant simplicity make for timeless jackets that will last beyond the summer. Slim fit, two button fastening styles are most on point and will have you looking dapper in now time. Gentle shades of navy, grey and steel blue are softer summer alternatives to black, but look just as sophisticated. Next has a selection of three summer jackets in this style for £99 made from either cotton or linen.

Casual jackets
Quilted and cotton utility jackets are hot choices for casual wear this summer. Dark, deep shades of green, blue and brown add weight to lighter summer outfits. Next has a good selection of quilted jackets but the styles that really stand out are Navy Cotton Hooded Duffle Coat (pictured) with multiply pockets giving it a real utility feel and the Khaki Hooded Jacket that has a Baber jacket look and feel about it. It has a worker/utility feel but is cool and casual and looks great with a hoodie and jeans. Each of these jackets comes in well below £100.

Navy Cotton Hooded Duffle Coat from Next, £55

Sometimes you need a little bit more warmth than a hoodie can give, but don’t want to pile on a thick jacket. A gilet is the perfect halfway house and Next has a stylish little collection to choose from. Our top pick would be the hooded gilet in khaki, navy or burgundy. It’s just £55 but is fully fleece lined, comes with a fleece hood and top and side pockets.

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