The Best Cozy, Lightweight Fall Jackets for Chilly Days Ahead

woman wearing Everlane quilted lightweight fall jacket

Last week, David and I started planning our anniversary weekend, and we always make a point to have a conversation about what we want the trip to be like. But it’s a little silly because our collective answer is usually the same: hearty meals, outdoorsy activities, and, undoubtedly, somewhere where fall jacket weather and foliage are in full swing!

And I say fall jacket weather on purpose because, seriously, I love fall jackets. They’re a sign of the season, and there’s something special about the short-lived window of temperatures that aren’t cold enough for a thick coat yet are crisp enough for an extra layer. Think bonfires, football games, evening walks—a jacket represents the best parts of fall!

There are dozens of beautiful lightweight jackets to choose from this year, but I’ve narrowed it down to 16 of the very best fall jackets below. And whether you love sherpas, blazers, quilted jackets, or hoodies, you’ll find something to love here. Enjoy!

woman wearing fall jacket with jeans and sneakers
blogger wearing fall jacket with crewneck sweater and jeans

1. Sherpa Jackets

Sherpa, shearling, and fleece jackets are so nice to have on hand for casual fall outings, like a quick errand or Saturday morning brunch. I wear mine most often with a long-sleeve sweater and jeans, but the cropped versions also look great with high-waisted leggings and sneakers.

2. Blazers

Can you ever have enough beautiful blazers? Asking for a friend. They’re one of the fall essentials I recommend for every women’s wardrobe because they’re incredibly versatile and add that little extra something that can take a fall look from ‘cute’ to timeless and refined.

3. Trench Coats

These beauties are not just for spring, especially if you live somewhere where summer hangs on for dear life and a heavyweight anorak jacket isn’t necessary! If you have a classic double-breasted trench, you’re likely set. But keep in mind that a trench is made more seasonally appropriate in an autumnal tone like the olive, burgundy, and brown below.

4. Shackets

Admittedly, I wasn’t a huge fan of the shirt jacket trend when it emerged last season. But this year, they’re back with neutral, fitted styles (read: more flattering) making an appearance. The ivory one I bought last year is back, and below is the plaid shacket I have my eye on.

5. Quilted Jackets

I always feel like I’m channeling Kate Middleton meets English equestrian with this style, and it’s a fun one to browse because there’s everything out there from the iconic Burberry barn jacket to this under-$100 Everlane option. Puffer jackets fall into this category, too, which are great for casual wear. I have and love this water-resistant puffer jacket by Lululemon.

6. Utility Jackets

How do you feel about utility jackets? I have mixed emotions. In one way, I love their simplicity, and in another way, I find the color restricting. Thankfully, there are now non-olive styles, like this hooded drawstring option I bought on Amazon last year.

7. Moto Jackets

I’ve made the case for moto jackets before, and if you’re convinced, here are two that will fit seamlessly into your fall wardrobe—one faux leather jacket, one suede jacket. If you’re new to motos and bikers, read about how to choose the right one for your closet first.

8. Denim Jackets

While I don’t consider jean jackets a true fall fashion outerwear staple, I still wear them during the earliest fall days when  lightweight jacket is really only necessary in the early morning and late at night.

blogger fall jacket outfit
woman wearing quilted fall jacket with crewneck sweater, straight leg jeans, and golden goose sneakers

Outfit Details: Everlane Jacket, Everlane Sweater (sold out, similar here), BlankNYC Jeans, Golden Goose Sneakers (sold out, similar here; less expensive here)

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So, What’s the Best Fall Jacket for You?

There you have it  If you’re still having trouble deciding between the outerwear styles, try narrowing down by weather and activity:

  • Women in warmer climates can do well with a denim jacket, utility jacket, or trench coat through early November.
  • If you live in a climate where fall arrives sooner, a sherpa or shearling jacket will keep you cozy as the temperatures drop.
  • If you like to dress up or work in a setting with professional dress, a blazer or classic trench coat will go further for your fall wardrobe.
  • If fall quickly transitions into winter where you are, the right move might be to invest in something that’s technically a winter coat, like faux fur coat, wool blend peacoat, parka, or long puffer coat.