13 KCM-Approved Fall Jackets You Need in Your Wardrobe

Fall jackets

Take layering to the next level.

Is it just us, or does fall fashion far and away consist of the most irresistible clothing of the year? It might have something to do with the warm, neutral colors everywhere, as opposed to spring pastels that can wash people out. It could also be the opportunities to layer: There’s so much more to work with in the fall — from scarves to cardigans to jackets — than in the summer. There’s also a comfort component, with fall fashion focusing on cozy sweaters and other basics rather than the skin-baring styles of summer. And finally, fall fashion doesn’t have to prioritize warmth as much as winter fashion, allowing for a little more wiggle room in fit, weight, and materials. This means you have can a lot more fun with your fall coats. In short, it’s the ideal time to dress, and the fall jackets are the star of the show.

Try as we might, it’s nearly impossible to go a year without adding at least one more fall jacket to the closet. Jackets instantly lend your look a new mood, making them the easiest way to turn your basic black turtleneck or grey sweater and jeans combination into a real outfit.

Take it from us and our closets bursting with fleece, faux sherpa, vegan leather, and denim, there’s no shame in owning multiple fall jackets for different occasions, and that’s not to mention weather-ready styles that are especially important in the fall. Whether your personal style is chic, edgy, rustic, or sporty, we’ve found the perfect fall jackets to carry you through the next few months. Read on for our top 13 fall jacket styles, from sleek trenches to bombers to this year’s highlight, the longline blazer.

Workout and Waterproof Fall Jackets

L.L. Bean Mountain Classic Full-Zip Jacket

L.L. Bean Mountain Classic Full-Zip Jacket

There’s a reason L.L. Bean has been a staple of outdoor clothes and gear for over a century: It combines quality with value to create products you can wear for years. We’re loving this full-zip jacket that’s water resistant and lightly fitted, making it a convenient, weather-conscious layer that looks as good on the trail as it does around town.

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Lululemon Break a Trail Jacket

Lululemon Break a Trail Jacket

Lululemon’s Break a Trail Jacket is everything you’ve been looking for in a transition-weather running jacket. It’s actually waterproof, has a lightly fitted cut that’s flattering and allows for additional layers, and it’s protective without causing you to overheat. We give it extra points for the many pockets for keys, cards, phones, and more.

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Lululemon Down for It All Jacket

Lululemon Down for It All Jacket

For anyone in a colder climate, you know the perks and downfalls of down jackets. They’re lightweight and warm, but are usually bulky and don’t perform well in wet weather. Enter Lululemon’s version, which is truly down for it all. It’s water-resistant and stretchy, and it has a high collar to protect your chin from windburn in the winter. We’re in love with the ribbing details on the sides and sleeves, as well as the removable hood.

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Fall Denim Jackets

ABLE Merly Jacket

ABLE Merly Jacket

ABLE’s Merly Jacket is, hands down, the most comfortable denim jacket we’ve ever worn. It’s so velvety soft it feels like you’ve already owned it for years, and it’s roomy enough to move your arms without being bulky. We also love the longer cut, which looks better layered over sweaters than your typical waist-length jean jacket. 

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Women’s Wrangler Heritage Sherpa Jacket

Women’s Wrangler Heritage Sherpa Jacket

If you’re dreading the day you have to switch out your beloved denim jacket for something warmer, look no further than this sherpa-lined style from Wrangler. The perfectly oversized jacket is fully lined for ultimate warmth, and it has an interior pocket to keep your phone warm enough on cold days. It’s the perfect bonfire jacket.

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The Best Bomber Jackets for Fall

Woolrich Charlotte Bomber

Woolrich Charlotte Bomber

This jacket combines everything you want in a windbreaker and bomber and slims it down to a chic silhouette. It’s wind- and water-resistant, with a soft, stretchy collar that won’t make your neck itch. The slimmer construction and gold zippers look equally sleek paired with jeans or a dress.

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BlankNYC Bonded Faux Shearling Jacket

BlankNYC Bonded Faux Shearling Jacket

You haven’t seen the last of sherpa jackets and coats, and if you haven’t hopped on the bandwagon yet we suggest you do so. This hip-length one is the perfect casual jacket, and both the cream and the burnt orange colors are perfect for fall. The wide, almost puffy sleeves are super comfortable and flattering, and the flap pockets lend it a little extra flair.

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The Best Fall Trenchcoats and Longline Blazers

Gallery Water Resistant Hooded Rain Jacket

Gallery Water Resistant Hooded Rain Jacket

Sometimes a classic raincoat is in order, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. We love the rich color and shiny cuffs of this jacket from Gallery, and the unbelted silhouette is universally flattering. The removable lining is a lifesaver during transition season, allowing you to adjust the warmth of the jacket as the days get cooler.

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Avec Les Filles Longline Plaid Blazer

Avec Les Filles Longline Plaid Blazer

The longline blazer is this fall’s response to last winter’s non-fitted wool dress coats, and we’re here for it. The curve-skimming style can be worn open or buttoned, and it’s the perfect piece to look put together and casual at once. This plaid-houndstooth crossover version is a versatile statement piece with the perfect colors for fall.

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Anthropologie Sanctuary Knit Longline Blazer

Anthropologie Sanctuary Knit Longline Blazer

Wearing white after Labor Day is no longer taboo, but for any of you fashion sticklers, this knit blazer is cream, thank you very much. It will work just as well in the spring as it does now, and we love the understated lapels that give it such versatility. This jacket will quickly become one of your go-to’s. 

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Everlane Drape Trench

The Drape Trench

Trench coats have been due for an update, and Everlane delivered. The Drape Trench has a relaxed fit that makes getting ready easy: You won’t have to worry about your bulky sweaters fitting under the sleeves. It’s versatile enough to pair with trousers and loafers, jeans and sneakers, or a dress and heels, and the slate grey color can bridge fall, winter, and spring depending on how you accessorize it.

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Classic Fall Jackets Everyone Should Have

Levi’s Faux Leather Racer Jacket

Levi’s Faux Leather Racer Jacket

There’s nothing as effortlessly cool as a leather — or faux leather — jacket, and we’re huge fans of this machine-washable racer style from Levi’s. The edgy collar and slightly fitted construction add personality to your average jeans-and-T-shirt combination. Go for the classic black or step outside of the box with the Shell Pink or Biscotti colors instead.

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L.L. Bean Adirondack Barn Coat

L.L. Bean Adirondack Barn Coat

This L.L. Bean barn coat is quintessentially fall, with details like the corduroy collar and cuffs to the plaid flannel lining. It’s loose enough to layer over bulky tops but is still slightly fitted at the waist for a flattering, comfortable look. We love how many pockets there are to stash your phone, dog bags, wallet, and more. 

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