How To Wear A Hacking Jacket In 2016
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How To Wear A Hacking Jacket in 2016

How To Wear A Hacking Jacket in 2016

No doubt I’m performing some sort of sacrilegious act against the Hacking Jacket, but I’m prepared to take the risk. 

Photography: Gallucks

I’m wearing:


First created in the 18th century, the Hacking Jacket was a tweed jacket worn for riding. The word Hacking comes from hack or hackney, the horse that was used for ordinary or pleasure riding – as opposed to a horse used for hunting or jumping.

Cut slightly longer and tailored at the waist, the jacket was designed to allow for free movement in the saddle.

The fit of the jacket is, however, perfect for modern day wear – with or without a horse! Layered over a sweatshirt, shirt, or even t-shirt,  you can give any outfit an injection of sophistication and British elegance.

Even with my rolled skinny jeans and Nike Airs, the jacket pulls everything together and keeps me looking [relatively] smart.


Characteristics of the Hacking Jacket

  • Made of tweed
  • Short lapel
  • Breast pocket
  • Three buttons
  • Tapered cut at waist
  • Ticket pocket above right hip pocket
  • Slanted pocked on left
  • Long center vent


When I bought this jacket at Christmas, I had to think twice. It wasn’t cheap. I did, however, remind myself that this type of jacket was created to last a lifetime. Designed to be put through its paces and blasted by the elements, it’s a piece which should be worn and enjoyed.

That said, I’m not sure the elements include Patron shots and gin martinis at London cocktails bars until 3am in the morning! Watch this space.


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