Transitional toppers: 10 jackets to take you into fall
Jackets that look stylish and weather-appropriate in this tricky in-between season
There's a lot to look forward to in September, like seasonal lattés, and especially cute coats — the weather isn't cold enough to force you to surrender to the bulkier stuff just yet. Fall outerwear options are still solid, look and feel good, and make perfect layering companions.
Since there's no shortage of options, here are the top styles to add to your fall wardrobe that nail both style and functionality.
Available in six vibrant shades, this packable puffer provides warmth without bulk and looks good to boot. It's easy to discreetly stow away (it packs into the interior pocket) or slip on when the weather's acting temperamental.
PrimaLoft Packable Puffer Jacket, $69, Joe Fresh
This semi-transparent, waterproof raincoat lets you show off a bright outfit even on the gloomiest rainy day. More importantly, it'll keep the rain out, protecting your pocket essentials, and let air through so you don't lock in sweat.
Women's Original Cropped Waterproof Smock: White, $185, Hunter
This hooded coat with its loose fit is ideal for fall layering. The double-faced wool keeps you warm when it gets chilly, while the longer length perfectly complements all your midi-length skirts and dresses.
Double Face Hooded Coat, $99.90, Uniqlo
A trench coat is a wardrobe staple and especially handy during transitional weather. This modern update eschews the classic silhouette for a more relaxed fit, while also showing off elegant details like a notched lapel and gathered cuffs.
Elima Trench, $298, Club Monaco
With its signature ribbed sleeves, this royal-approved Sentaler coat (worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton) keeps you warm and stylish. It works as a statement piece on its own, and instantly elevates any outfit.
Wrap Coat with Ribbed Sleeves, $1,295, Sentaler
A classic moto jacket is another must for taking you between seasons. This one swaps leather for vegan suede, with metal hardware and a cropped length giving it an extra dose of cool. Go for olive green instead of your usual black.
Vegan Suede Moto Jacket, $215, Banana Republic
Throwing on a blazer is the easiest way to avoid wearing actual outerwear for as long as possible. Opt for tweed so you can lean into the cooler weather with its cozy fabric. The frayed hem detail lets you dress it up or down.
Buttons Tweed Blazer, $179.99, Mango
An insulated bomber jacket is a go-to for crisp fall mornings. This neutral goes-with-everything jacket looks good without being flashy. Throw it on over an oversized shirt and leave it open or zip it up over a tee.
Semira Style Jacket, $270, Arc'teryx
Created as part of a capsule collection with popular fitness studio Barry's Bootcamp, this jacket livens up your workouts with its flashy foil finish, stowable hood and water-repellent fabric. You also don't need the gym as an excuse to wear it.
Lululemon X Barry's Stronger As One Jacket, $168, Lululemon
Upgrade your jean jacket with this reversible version, which lets you wear it two perfect-for-fall ways. Keep it subtle by showing off just a hint of leopard print or go wild by embracing the animal print.
Levi's Oversized Reversible Faux Fur Trucker Jacket, $224.06, Shopbop