Summer is starting to wind down for most of us, and while there’s still plenty of time for warm weather pursuits, fall is going to be here before you know it. Which is good news for your wardrobe, as once the days start getting shorter and the temperature drops, it will finally be cool enough to start breaking out the layers without sweltering uncomfortably. And if you haven’t one already, one of the first items you need is one of these fall jackets; a jacket light enough for the still warm and sunny days, but just heavy enough to provide some warmth once night falls or the rain moves in.
Whatever you are looking for in a coat – a light but stylish piece, something heavier with a bit of warmth, or something meant for outdoor exercise – we’ve rounded a few solid choices for you to look at. Any of these jackets will give you the looks and comfort you need this fall.
Inspired by classic bomber jackets of old but with a modern, stylish twist, this jacket also evokes a kind of track jacket look, and is the perfect combo of cool and comfortable. It is lined and insulated for the cooler temps, as well as coated with water-repellent in case some fall showers head your way. A Velcro pocket keeps your phone nearby and ready.
This one’s a little different from everything else on our list. Fjallraven is a well-known Swedish outfitter, known for their durable yet stylish cold weather gear. The High Coast Anorak is an outdoor-ready jacket that is not only equipped for high winds and warmth, but also looks pretty dang cool. As a pullover, it’s much more casual look, but makes a good alternative to a lot of other fall jackets. The extra large kangaroo pocket adds storage space – and doubles as a pack bag for carrying it around.
A Barbour jacket is one of the most classic pieces of outerwear you can reach for, and the Chelsea may be the their most well-known. It’s lightweight, with a trim, tailored fit. The quilted shell is filled with 40g polyester fill for warmth, a snap collar keeps out the cold and two zippered pockets and one button pocket add some utility. This jacket is cool, classy, the perfect balance of light and warm, and brings your style up to Bond-levels of cool.
Because no list could be complete without a denim jacket. The Sherpa Trucker is archetypical American style, just as at home out on the range as it is out on the town for drinks. Made from 100% cotton denim and lined with a soft, fuzzy cotton, it provides just the right amount of warmth for the changing seasons while looking ruggedly cool. Two hip pockets keep your hands warm, and it’s adorned with the iconic Levi’s logo.
Similar to the Tavik Defender above, the Ted Baker is styled after Classic Bomber jackets, but in this case, in an ultra-light, stretch jersey blend. The shell is actually 79% wool, mixed with 21% polyester, and the inner lining is a stretch poly. Collar and wrist accents add a bit of flair, but this is overall an easy, casual option for a day out.
So you’re really only into the outdoors, and prefer pure function over form? The Arcteryx Atom is a lightweight, insulated jacket that provides enough warmth for the chilly mornings and brisk evenings fall weather hits you with outdoors, but is still thin and breathable enough to be worn when the sun comes out. Or, you know, when you’re moving fast and staying active, starting to work up a sweat. Arteryx is really the best of the best when it comes to outdoor clothing, and the Atom LT is adorned with their signature slim-cut, athletic silhouette.
Another option for those of us with a craving for the outdoors, but the desire to look cool in casual situations as well. The Canyonlands hoodie is designed for bouldering and adventuring, with a trim fit and modern styling typical of North Face. The smooth fleece is plenty warm for brisk fall mornings in the backcountry and for grabbing a drink in town come evening, but – like the Atom LT above – light enough for staying active too.
The field jacket. No wardrobe is complete without one, as they provide the perfect marriage of utility, comfort and rugged style – that still lets you look presentable in public. This J. Crew offering is in the vein of classic M-65 field jackets, with 4 large field pockets on the front, with button tab closures, a zip front and large collar up top to keep the wind out when the temps start to drop. It’s made of broken-in cotton for vintage, worn look and matches perfectly well with jeans, chinos, casual or slightly more dressy outfits.
Like the aesthetic of the Mechanic field jacket above, but something a little more streamlined and modern? The Timberland Traveler is a trimmer, slightly more dressy rendition of the field jacket, made from a poly-wool blend and adorned with a deep blue trim. There are 4 pockets on the front, with both front flap and button flap closures. The sleeves have button cuffs, and the large spread collar is warm and tall enough to keep your neck perfectly cozy. This jacket is definitely more suitable for those late-fall nights when things start to get a little bit colder, but complements any outfit – formal or casual – you could find yourself in.
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