Summer is winding down. While there’s still time for warm weather pursuits, fall will be here before you know it. That might sound a bit depressing, but it’s good news for your wardrobe; once the days start getting shorter and the temperature drops, it will finally be cool enough to break out the layers without sweltering uncomfortably. If you haven’t one already, your first stop should be one of these fall jackets: a jacket light enough for warm and sunny days, but just heavy enough to provide some warmth once night falls or rain moves in.
Whatever you’re looking for in a coat – light but stylish piece, something heavier with a bit of warmth, or something intended for outdoor exercise – we’ve rounded up a few solid choices for you to consider. Take a look and see which fall jacket you like best.
The Best Fall Jackets For Work and Play: Fall 2019
Inspired by classic bomber jackets of old but imparted with a modern, stylish twist, the Tavik Defender jacket also manages to evoke kind of track jacket look and feel – meaning it’s the perfect combo of cool and comfortable. Lined and insulated, it’s perfect for when cooler temps strike – and it’s even coated with a water repellent in case some of those unpredictable fall showers head your way. A Velcro pocket keeps your phone nearby and ready, but safely tucked away, too.
This one’s a little different from all the traditional jackets on our list. Fjallraven is a well-known Swedish outfitter, known for their durable and rugged yet thoroughly stylish cold weather gear. The High Coast Anorak is an outdoor-ready jacket equipped for high winds and warmth, like all the best outdoor gear, but is also one that looks pretty dang cool. As a pullover, it’s got a much more casual look than some of the others, but is certainly a weather-ready alternative. The extra large kangaroo pocket adds storage space and doubles as a pack bag for carrying it around.
Any Barbour jacket is a classic – one of the most classic you can reach for. The Liddesdale is slimmer, modern take on one of their most well-known. It’s lightweight, with a trim, tailored fit. The quilted shell is attached to a nylon inner layer that adds warmth on chilly days, a cozy lined collar keeps out the cold bluster, and patch pockets and front snap closures add utility and strength. This jacket is cool and 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 an iconic American style – just as at home out on the range as it is out at work or 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. It also looks pretty ruggedly cool. Two hip pockets keep your hands warm, and it’s adorned with the iconic Levi’s logo. For the rugged amongst us, there’s no other choice.
Similar to the Tavik Defender above, this Goodthreads jacket is styled after Classic Bomber jackets. This jacket, however, has been updated for 2019; that means a 100% polyester, ultralight jersey knit. A satin body adds flair, as does the contrast ribbing at the collar, hem and wrist accents. Overall, it’s an easy-wearing casual option for any day or night out this fall – and available for a pretty sweet price.
So you’re really into the outdoors, and prefer pure function over form? The Arc’teryx 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. Arc’teryx is the best of the best when it comes to outdoor clothing, and the Atom LT is rocks 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.
Halfway between a denim jacket and a leather jacket, the Cruiser Jacket is a durable and waterproof piece ready for when the weather turns sour this fall. It’s a coated 100% canvas – essentially a modern take on waxed canvas – in a dark tan color reminiscent of cowboys and adventurers, but cut in a cool, slim style that’s just as ready to take on the city streets as it is desert roads on the back of a motorcycle. Whatever your street style, this jacket is ready for fall’s yuckier days and everything in between.