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By Caitlin Burnett
Cozy weather is coming, and while temperatures aren’t there just yet it’s never too early to start shopping for the season ahead. And while there are many exciting fall pieces to start browsing, outerwear always tops the list of sartorial eye candy. Outerwear is easily one of the best aspects of fall fashion—adding a chic coat or jacket to your look makes you feel infinitely more sophisticated.
Retailers have already started introducing their fall jacket selections, and to say the offering is good is an understatement. Gorgeous colors, rich fabrics, and touchable textures are all over your favorite shopping sites right now, and with so many great options out there it can be hard to choose.
We did the browsing for you and rounded up the absolute best outerwear options to kick-start your fall wardrobe. From the shearling jacket of our dreams to Instagram’s favorite puffer, below are the 12 best jackets for fall.
Shearling is synonymous with fall, and this Anine Bing jacket is one of the best versions we’ve seen. The rich cream shade pairs well with virtually every outfit, and the oversized boxy cut ensures you can layer it over a thick sweater with ease. This is one of those investment pieces you’ll keep in your wardrobe for years.
This is what flannel dreams are made of. Isabel Marant is famous for elevating the classic flannel jacket, adding an oversize element and a sophisticated fabrication. The perfect transitional style, this particular blue colorway complements jeans of all washes and would look ultra-chic with brown boots.
Talk about a closet staple—The Frankie Shop oversized leather blazer is as timeless as it gets. This ‘90s style blazer is the ultimate cool-girl jacket, adding an instant air of sophistication to any outfit. The leather texture screams fall and pairs just as well with jeans and a tee for daytime as it does with an LBD for date night. The styling possibilities are truly endless.
This jacket reaches peak levels of cozy. The fuzzy BB Dakota style mixes two fall staples to create the perfect jacket: sherpa and plaid. The slightly oversize fit gives it a cool, relaxed vibe while the color scheme is simply perfect for autumn. One look at it and you just know you want to be wrapped in it.
It doesn’t get more quintessentially fall than a denim jacket, and this Levi’s one is a closet staple. It’s the perfect transitional jacket to carry you until the temperatures officially turn. Between the dark wash, boxy fit and slight fading, people will mistake it for a vintage find.
No outerwear collection is complete without a good leather jacket, and this Free People version checks all the boxes. Cool oversize fit, moto-inspired silhouette, supple leather, and the contract fur collar all make this jacket stand out—in the best way. Wear it on its own during those early fall days when the weather has just started to turn and then layered over a sweater or shirt once temperatures drop.
We need a moment for this coat—between the classic silhouette, gorgeous peppered texture, chic belted waistline and luxe felt fabric it’s impossible to decide what the best aspect is. Leave it to Vince to create the ultimate timeless coat, the one you’ll buy knowing you’ll own it for the rest of your life. Wear this over virtually anything this fall and watch the compliments pour in.
Every fall wardrobe needs a chic blazer, and this Mango number is it. The traditional camel color feels collegiate and sophisticated, adding a polished touch to anything you throw it on over. Plus the straight fit allows you to wear it over everything from a simple t-shirt to a chunky sweater with ease.
The name says it all—the Cloud Puff from Aritzia is the only one you need to keep you feeling warm and cozy while looking chic and effortless. It comes in 6 gorgeous colors and is guaranteed to carry you through winter thanks to the goose down in the lining.
There’s a reason this puffer jacket is Instagram-famous.
Just the right amount of fringe. This Line & Dot style feels like a classic trench coat with a twist, the fringe accent adding just enough interest to make it stand out, while still pairing well with everything. Plus the camel color makes it look ultra-expensive.
Immediately yes. This is the definition of a conversation piece. The pink hue offers an unexpected pop of color to any outfit, while the tie details highlight your waist and create an hourglass silhouette. Worn open or closed this blazer is sure to be on permanent outfit rotation.
Saved the best for last—if ever there were a perfect fall coat, this is it. Just looking at it makes you want to plan a weekend of pumpkin patches and apple picking. The blue-and-camel plaid pattern feels luxe while the wrap silhouette is as feminine and flattering as it gets. You’ll feel like you’re wrapped in your favorite blanket but look as polished as ever.