25 stylish fall jackets: bombers, trenches, sweater shrugs & more

Crisp autumn weather is upon us, and you need an outer layer that’s chic, easy-to-wear, and warm … but not too warm. Behold: the best transitional jackets of fall, at surprisingly low prices.

Model Waleska Gorczevski in a Rag & Bone jacket during Paris Fashion Week. Melodie Jeng | Getty Images

Darja Barannik and Tine Andrea

Darja Barannik and Tine Andrea during the Copenhagen Fashion Week on August 2016 in Copenhagen. Christian Vierig | Getty Images

Liya Kebede style

Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede wearing a black bomber jacket and orange sequin top at Paris Fashion Week on March 2016. Melodie Jeng | Getty Images

Sweater weather is upon us—kind of. While temperatures have been dropping low in the mornings and evenings, there’s still plenty of sunshine, meaning your days are not chilly enough to warrant that winter coat just yet (in most parts of the country, anyway). Below, fifteen jackets, in five of-the-season styles, that can take you from day to night without being too hot or too cold. That’s right: these 25 finds are the Goldilocks of fall jackets. Happy shopping, lady bears!

The Bomber

The traditional bomber jacket has been reworked this season with more attention to detail. Patterns, embroidery, and texture all add an edge of sophistication to a youthful, sporty style.

Floral embroidered bomber jacket ($129, Zara)
Oversize velvet bomber jacket ($105, ASOS)
Itinerary bomber ($124, Anthropologie)
Maroon bomber ($35, H&M)
New Look quilted bomber jacket ($57, ASOS)

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The Jean Jacket

Whether you go for the more traditional, two-pocket style, or a chambray take on a blazer or parka, the weight of a denim jacket is perfect for this time of year. Fit is paramount—look out especially for cuff lengths and where the jacket cuts your waist (just grazing over your belt loops is usually ideal), and consider sizing up on a traditional jean jacket to achieve the oversize look that’s very fashionable this season.

Etienne Marcel crop denim black jacket ($176, Revolve)
Tomboy trucker jean jacket ($71, Lucky Brand)
Boyfriend trucker jacket ($50, Levi’s)
Joshua Tree denim jacket ($138, Madewell)
Chambray jacket ($35, Forever 21)

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The Trench

A perennial classic, you can never go wrong with a trench coat. Keep it timeless with a cotton poplin material, but play with lengths and silhouettes to freshen up the look for Fall.

Icon trench coat in plaid Italian wool ($245, with code YESPLEASE J.Crew)
Short trench coat ($100, Zara)
Icon trench coat ($298, J.Crew)
Swing trench ($135, Everlane)
Love token Adriana wrap trench ($99, Saks)

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The Moto

The moto jacket adds a hint of biker edge to any look but retailers this season are playing with fabrics for a more luxe feel. From jersey to suede, there’s a moto jacket for everyone whether you’re looking for a more casual weekend jacket, or a stylish textured layer for the workplace.

Imitation suede biker jacket ($70, H&M)
Pearlized leather jacket in blush ($160, Neiman Marcus)
Cupcakes and cashmere moto jacket ($145, Revolve)
Textured moto jacket ($71, Lucky Brand)
Terry crossover moto Jacket ($70, Loft)

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The Outerwear Sweater

The cardigan is a workplace staple year-round for keeping you cozy at your desk, but these particular knits are a little more substantial, making them the perfect light outerwear for a stroll. Look for feminine details, like ribbed cuffs that hug sleeves close to the wrist, attached belts that cinch at the waist, and lapels that mimic a casual blazer jacket.

Freeman jacket ($275, The Group)
Ryder cardigan sweater ($98, Madewell)
Everlane the chunky wool cardigan ($110, Everlane)
Aerie belted cardigan ($98, Banana Republic)
Double Face wrap jacket ($198, Lucky Brand)

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Genevieve Ang
Genevieve Ang
Genevieve Ang grew up in Singapore and now lives in New York. By day she works in marketing, by night she writes about fashion, shopping, and the importance of a red lip.

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