When the leaves change and the air starts nipping at your nose, you probably think about your next jacket or coat. But, even if you live in warmer areas of the South or West, outerwear is a year-round wardrobe staple.
A lightweight, packable jacket will keep the chill off your arms at your next summertime outdoor concert. A good raincoat is essential to surviving any shower, whether it brings May flowers or October . . . mud. And a puffy coat is sure to keep you warm and cozy if you’re snowshoeing in a winter wonderland, watching a movie in a too-air-conditioned theater or having a chilly adventure somewhere in-between.
And we shouldn’t ignore the fact that outerwear is just plain fun to wear—no matter the weather. Who doesn’t like channeling their inner rebel with a leather jacket? Or who can resist accessorizing any look with a timeless denim jacket?
From cool summer nights to frigid winter mornings, there’s a jacket or coat to keep you comfortable and at the top of your fashion game.
The name says it all, really. Windbreakers are the perfect choice for when you just need a little something to keep a cool, summer night breeze at bay. Plus, you can usually find them in a variety of fun colors and patterns that will add a statement to any outfit.
To put a casual spin on any look, turn to the trusty hoodie. These cozy staples are perfect for anything from your early morning workout commute to late-night stargazing with your besties.
Just like “Brangelina” and “Bennifer,” “shackets” are a mashup of two favorite classics: the shirt and jacket. These functional and chic jackets (or shirts?) are just right when you need a little something to stay comfortable when the mercury drops. Plus, you can wear them open for a cool feeling and carefree look.
Soft and warm. Need we say more? When the white heat of summer slowly fades into autumn chill, what more do you need to stay cozy? And we think fleece is just what you need for those leaf-viewing walks and hikes.
Denim jackets are simply a wardrobe must-have. And, during the autumn, they really come into their own. The rugged fabric will help keep you comfortably warm, not hot. And the style they imbue is nothing short of timeless.
The leather coat is your wardrobe’s heavy hitter—they are practically magic. From elevating a t-shirt and jeans to bringing down the “dressiness” of formal wear, the leather coat is one of the most versatile and practical pieces of outwear you can own.
Puffy Jackets and Coats
These come in a wide variety of insulation levels. Depending on your climate, you may only need a lightweight puffy for those, “It’s a bit chilly out here” days, or a heavier one for those, “I don’t even want to go out there” days. Puffy jackets and coats are easy to style and should go with just about everything in your wardrobe—which is just what you need to keep you comfortable.
Teddy Bear Coats
You’ll be as cozy as, well, a teddy bear. These long, fuzzy-fabric coats don’t only keep you warm on those harsh winter days, they effortlessly add a chicness to nearly any outfit. Wear them with jeans. Wear them with your Sunday best. There’s almost no wrong way to don the teddy bear.
The utility jacket hints to the 90s grunge era. But it also hints to warmth, utility (it’s in the name!) and layering. And layering is the name of the game to keep comfortable in certain climates. It’s easy to stack a utility jacket on top of a hoodie for a warm, cozy and rebellious-side style.
Spring showers bring May flowers and wet clothes! If ever there was a season that called for a certain coat, it’s definitely a raincoat in the spring. And most raincoats are cute enough to wear even on dry days. Pair with skinny jeans tucked into rain boots for a look that’s both fashionable and functional.
As classic as the 1940s noir films that inspired the trend, the trench coat will never go out of style. This timeless silhouette is a mainstay in any springtime wardrobe. Dress it up. Dress it down. Wear it all around town.
On those colder spring days, you’ll need a little something extra to keep warm. But the classic bomber jacket is so cute you’ll want to wear it even on warmer days. These look best “casualized” with denim and sneakers, but also don’t hesitate to experiment with throwing a bomber jacket over skirts or athleisure wear.
No matter the weather, there’s a jacket or coat sure to keep you comfortable and looking your best all year long. And don’t hesitate to experiment with introducing your outerwear to different pieces of your wardrobe. Whether it’s pairing black leather with flirty pastels and floral patterns or matching a denim jacket with your favorite maxi dress, you may just find your favorite new outfit!