Fashion’s answer to the PSL, the key investment piece to kick-off the season has to be the transitional jacket. As demonstrated by editors and influencers alike, a lively line-up of blazers, statement denim, quirky parkas, and faux furs offer up plenty of style inspo for the unpredictable weather ahead. Below, five fall jacket styles to try. Now is the perfect time to get shopping for your wardrobe BFF.
Taking the baton from previous seasons, heritage fabrics rule for fall. And the standout style of the season? The herringbone blazer, which offers instant style kudos. You can wear it oversized, borrowed-from-the-boys, classic with rolled sleeves or with a wide belt atop a statement tee. Pair with skinny jeans or trousers to ensure you keep that tailored, sleek silhouette.
Denim gets a do-over for the season with a slew of statement styles. With ‘80s being the resounding era du jour, acid wash is back in a big way, but still a little more toned-down for our 2018 tastes. Color-blocking patches give jackets a two — or even three-toned effect — while in the shade stakes, grey is the new blue. And for those extra chilly fall days, go with the shearling-lined denim options.
With designers like Versace, Gucci, and Burberry taking their collections fur-free, the runways were awash with statement-making faux iterations. Think cozy teddy coats in a rainbow of hues, from neutral to neon bright. And with animal prints also a top trend for the season, there’s no shortage of exotic styles (we particularly like the fluffy leopard print trench courtesy of Michael Kors). As for ways to style these huggy jackets? Try channeling Margot Tenembaum and put a preppy twist on your look or layer one over a leather mini for something slightly edgier.
There’s no disputing that the leather jacket is now a wardrobe staple. Once you’ve got your basics down, this season offers the perfect options to be a little more playful. Thanks to the Vetements/Balenciaga effect, with the ‘80s still in mind, the silhouette right now is extra-large, slouchy even. Whether in bomber, biker, moto or anorak style, for a directional take on the classics, layer this season’s leather over denim jackets or hoodies to toughen up pretty party looks.
Straight from the front row, all the editors, influencers, and even designers at this season’s shows were opting in on the belted jacket trend. Whether blazers, trenches, or sleeveless long vests, waists were cinched in with a mix of wide, thin, and buckled belt for more of an hour-glass effect. It’s a great way to accessorize or even update a previous season’s jacket; try mixing and matching with different belts (or belt bags!) to find what works for you. Also nice? Moving into winter, the belted look translates into longer, ankle-grazing coats with heavy wools giving that same nipped-in look.