Though we’re currently trudging our way through the dog days of summer, it’s already time to start thinking about fall (Labor Day is literally weeks away). And while we’re not exactly excited to layer up quite yet, the prospect of crisp winds and autumn colors is exciting enough to get us through the final days of this stifling heatwave. After all, there’s a reason we call September “the January of fashion.” Rife with textured plaids, chunky knits and layering galore, we’re about ready to ditch our skimpier heatwave-approved looks in favor of some extra pieces to play with.
In celebration of the season to come, we’re rounding up the best lightweight jackets that are about to become your ultimate wardrobe essentials for the new season. Whether you’re a casual denim trucker girl, on the hunt for that perfect leather jacket or want something a little more head-turning, these are the pieces for you. Below, find the only five jackets you need this fall—for every budget and aesthetic.
Contrasting Biker Jacket
Violeta by Mango
The perfect leather jacket is hard to come by, but once you find it, you’re never going to let it go. Opt for a shrunken style to throw over a cocktail dress or go oversized with a pair of mom jeans and T-shirt. There’s something for everyone.
Ultimate Leather Motorcycle Jacket
Proenza Schouler Cropped Leather Biker Jacket
Acne Studios Leather Biker Jacket
Original Trucker Jacket
A more casual take on the leather jacket, a denim trucker is just as transitional, albeit a little more casual. While it might not exactly be fit for a cocktail party, it’s a great pairing when you’re looking to make your summer sundress fit for fall and—of course—makes for a mean Canadian tuxedo look when you want to go head-to-toe blue jean.
Oversized Denim Jacket
Rag & Bone Nico Jacket
Joie Demanda Jacket
Grinson Modern Blazer
Tailoring is the name of the game with a blazer, so make sure it’s the perfect fit before investing in this wardrobe essential. Whether you want a longline to wear with a mini dress or something more cropped to elevate your favorite blue-jean look, fit is a non-negotiable.
Check Structured Blazer
Equipment James Blazer
Milly Tuxedo Jacket
Plus Size Multicolor Tweed Jacket
Thanks to the likes of Alessandro Michele of Gucci, grandma chic is back and the tweed jacket is no longer the stuffy suit separate from generations past. Instead, we’re styling it like a whimsical top that isn’t excessively so, falling somewhere between a statement jacket and a more refined blazer.
Walefa Frayed Cotton-Blend Tweed Jacket
Jovia Tweed Jacket
Pearl Beading Braided Tape Trim Tweed Blazer
Split Sleeve Crepe Blazer
And now…the statement jacket. When you’re looking for that one head-turning piece that totally transforms your look, we say go big or go home. We love embellishments, bright colors and interesting silhouettes that will dress up your denim but also be fit for that late-night soirée as well.
Gucci Appliquéd Printed Silk-Twill Bomber Jacket
Printed Quilted Bomber Jacket
Ivory Pile Bomber Zip Jacket