Fall and Winter’s Cutest Outerwear: Jackets and Coats

Outerwear adds so much to a wardrobe.

Whether you’re sporty, dressy, bohemian, or classic, your outerwear should not only fit your lifestyle, but also make a statement about your personality and who you are. A great jacket or coat can last several seasons, because many of them are playful twists on styles we see year after year, such as the peacoat or trench. This season’s hottest trends range from fur to sportswear-inspired anoraks, and they’re sure to represent every kind of woman.


One thing is for sure—military has made a comeback in a huge way. Structured, military-inspired jackets are popping up everywhere, at high and lower-end stores alike. This classic look works for women of all ages. Play with this trend by selecting a military-style tailored jacket in an unexpected color like red. Who can resist all those big gold buttons?

Red Military Peacoat: Forever 21; $32.80

Printed Jackets:

From plaid to polka dots, printed jackets are everywhere. Wear your print as the statement piece of your outfit. Pair a polka dot look with a simple pair of jeans or plain black leggings to really let the jacket shine. Don’t be afraid to have fun with this trend. When choosing how much to spend, save on colorful florals and fun, wacky prints, but feel free to splurge on black and white—this retro-inspired look will never go out of style.

Black and White Printed Jacket: Anthropologie – Taitonki; $78.95


Like the printed jacket, embellished outerwear is all about having fun and expressing your personality. Embroidered stitching, randomly placed buttons, and applique’ flowers scream bohemian. You’ll never hurt for compliments when wearing an embellished jacket or coat because of the exquisite craftsmanship. These jackets can often last season after season, depending on the color scheme you select. Wear this look as the centerpiece of your outfit, and keep the rest simple. It speaks volumes!

Turquoise Embellished Coat: The Children’s Hour – Desiqual; $359.00

The Anorak:

The quintessence of sophisticated sportswear, the anorak is the perfect fall-to-winter transition jacket for a woman on the go. Throw it on with a pair of jeans or leggings, and look stylish while feeling functionally comfortable at your son’s football game. The cinching at the waist on most anoraks also creates an incredibly figure-flattering line. Look for anoraks that have a touch of fun such as bright gold hard-wear, or find a great bold color to play up this classic look.

Black Anorak: Hip and Humble – Luii; $102.00


Channel your inner Red Riding Hood with this fun trend. Not wanting to throw your ski jacket over that cocktail dress? Wear a feminine, dainty capelet for an elegant, stylish twist! This look is great for evening, but also works over a pair of jeans. When wearing pants with a cape, make sure to wear skinny, body-hugging silhouettes, as too much volume and fabric can often overwhelm.

Cream Pearl-Studded Cape: Apt. 202 – Aryn K.; $95.00

Fur and Faux Fur:

Nothing says “I’m fabulous” more loudly than wearing fur. You may think this look isn’t for the faint of heart, but even the most classic woman shouldn’t shy away from fur. There are so many ways to wear this trend. If you’re daring, go for it with an entirely fur coat. For a more classic option, buy a fur-collared trench. Both looks are cozy, both are luxe, and both are very in-season this year.

Fur-Collared Trench: Old Navy; $99.50


Feminine, ruffly jackets and coats are the toast of the season! Wear ruffles on your sleeves, collar, or all down the button line. Ruffles add a big dose of whimsy to everyday outerwear. This girly detail works for girls of all ages from five to fifty. You’re never too old or young for ruffles.

Ruffled Plaid Coat: The Children’s Hour – Mack and Co.; $57.00

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