2017 Update: We still stand by the general suggestions in this hunt for lightweight jackets — but you might want to check out our more recent discussion of lightweight jackets for the office.
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As I mentioned on Friday, the air is getting cooler here in NYC, so I thought I’d round up some fun, lightweight jackets. Unlike winter coats, these generally are not intended to wear a suit jacket beneath them — but you can always just throw a wrap on top of your suit and be nice and cozy (like the one pictured). Readers, what does your favorite fall jacket look like? How many do you own, and how often do you buy?
|The trench coat is huge this fall. I’m liking this dark red one from DKNY (on sale at 6pm for $112 today (was $280)), but here are two other great options, both around $100: this trench with lace insets from Betsey Johnson, and this skater trench from ASOS. DKNY Double Breasted Short Trench|
|I feel like London Fog (Gallery as well) is one of those classic raincoat companies — they’re made well, they last for a thousand years, and they’re generally stylish. This tonal animal-print belted trench (pictured) is on trend, but I’m also partial to this teal trench (fun!) and this classic beige trench. The pictured trench is $169 at Macy’s (was $200). London Fog Coat, Tonal-Animal-Print Belted Trench Coat|
|Denim may not be the first thing you think of for the office, but a flattering denim jacket can actually be a workhorse in the fall and spring. Throw it on over sheath dresses and trousers to make them a bit edgier; add a wrap or scarf if you want to make it a bit more sophisticated. This particular jacket is $128 at Anthropologie. Auden Denim Jacket|
|A fitted heavyweight blazer is a great option for the fall. I’m liking this riding jacket from Pendleton; this riding jacket from Victoria’s Secret is also pretty cute. The pictured jacket is $198. Pendleton Woolen Mills Scroll Along Boiled Wool Jacket|
|Sometimes you want to have a really great statement jacket — the one that isn’t your normal beige/black trench. Ann Taylor has a number of cute ones right now; this abstract jacquard coat is my favorite. (Another good option: this green felt coat from Anthropologie.) The Ann Taylor coat is $198. Abstract Jacquard Coat|
|I encourage everyone to consider investing in a heavy wrap or ruana like this one from Brooks Brothers — I bought a similar heavy wool one at Henri Bendel’s years ago and continue to pull it out whenever the weather gets cold. These are hard to find cheaply — and they’re certainly different than your $10 pashmina on the street — but a good wool or cashmere wrap will give you warmth on top of dresses, blazers, suits, even your other lightweight jackets. This particular one comes in five colors, and is $498 at Brooks Brothers. Brooks Brothers Cashmere Ruana|
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