Ease into softened tailoring and lighter fabrics.
Moss - khaki liner jacket


Words: C. Saramowicz


Lightweight and warm with endless ways to style it, the liner jacket has become a fundamental piece of any transitional wardrobe. Though the name suggests it’s part of the outerwear family, this versatile garment can be worn in more ways than one.

So what is a liner jacket, and how can you style it? Read on to find out.


Moss - taupe liner jacket

What is a liner jacket?

Originally worn as a thermal layer underneath military overcoats, the liner jacket is a thin, often padded jacket that helps lock in body heat without weighing you down. In recent years, it began being worn as a standalone piece and is now worn throughout the year, whatever the season.

Liner jackets are crafted from a range of fabrics – polyester, nylon and wool to name a few – and feature nods to classic military construction such as visible padding and patch pockets. They are also often collarless as a way to make them more compact and easier to wear under thicker coats.


Moss - khaki liner jacket

How do I style a liner jacket?

Due to its lightweight construction, liner jackets can be worn in a wealth of ways. It’s also the perfect layering piece, seeing you through the transitional periods when you’re not quite sure what to wear.

In the warmer months, throw it over a lightweight tee and you’ve got an airy jacket, adding a bit of interest and texture to a casual look. As the weather cools, swap out the t-shirt for a thicker knit like a merino roll neck or a crew neck jumper to hunker down in. Then, when winter really hits, layer under a thick coat for the perfect mid-layer – the quilted design will trap warm pockets of air and keep you extra toasty.