While not yet full-on winter coat season, the air has enough bite to it—especially post-Bikram—to warrant a lightweight jacket over your favorite Spiritual Gangster tank and printed leggings. Luckily, there’s a new crop of comfortably chic outerwear options that fit right in, whether you’re dashing to post-work boxing or hitting up the farmers’ market.
Scroll down to see the six jacket trends to put into rotation ASAP.
1. The oversized parka
You know that an item is going to be big when it starts selling out before its intended season is even underway—which was the case with this parka, which was a top seller among fashion-forward Hamptonites back in July. That’s because it’s an easy throw-on-and-go option that looks good over pretty much everything.
2. The embroidered jacket
Worried that your all-black legging-tank combo doesn’t quite show off your personality? An on-trend (and fashion blogger fave) embroidered jacket will do all the talking.
3. The neoprene zip-up
This scuba-inspired fabric made its way into athleisure a few years ago, and it keeps on evolving. That’s because it’s not just highly stylish (this fall you can find neoprene shells with cool details, like perforation, and surprising colors) but also ultra-functional—the material won’t absorb odors, making it the ideal apres workout option.
4. The cropped puffer
Forget your visions of the Michelin Man; the modern version of the puffer is cropped, fitted, and made with super-chic materials. (Vegan leather, anyone?)
5. The quilted bomber
If your M.O. is subtle details, you’ll fall hard for the quilted bomber. Its got just enough polish where you can throw it on over your otherwise casual pieces (it is sweatpant season) and not think twice about grabbing a turmeric latte at Cafe Integral.
6. The revamped varsity jacket
Your HS letterman jacket graduated. Luxe fabrics (cashmere!) and chic neutrals—say goodbye to your bright school colors—are ideal with graphic prints or leather leggings.
Looking for more variety? Try the oh-so-casual (and cozy!) oversized sweatshirt trend—you can thank us later. Plus, these 9 on-the-verge activewear brands could be the next Lululemon.
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