7 Outdated Jacket Trends We’re Skipping, and 7 We’re Buying Instead

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Oh, hello again, jacket season! Yep, it’s that perfect time of the year when it teeters between warm and cool—crisp enough that you’ll want to throw on a jacket over that slip dress or lightweight knit—but not chilly enough that you’ll need to reach for a puffer quite yet. No doubt jackets are on our minds right now, and this season, there are plenty of cool styles that will get you excited for the brisker temps ahead.

After analyzing the fall/winter runways in great depth, seeing what’s trending with the fashion It crowd right now, and getting plenty of input from our Who What Wear editors, we rounded up the must-have styles to invest in this season.

From biker jackets to shearling collars, keep scrolling for the jacket trends to add to your wardrobe right about now.

Leather jackets are having a major moment this season (as you’ll see throughout this article), but one of this season’s most popular iterations is heavy-duty leather. Think perfectly worn-in, distressed, and vintage jackets that have an edgy sensibility. They come in a range of styles and silhouettes from leather blazers to bomber jackets. So for now, skip the vinyl fabrics we’ve seen in seasons past and opt for a thick, lived-in leather topper instead.

Okay, so we may not give up on our utility jackets entirely this season, but we’re going to set them aside in favor of fall’s biggest jacket trend: bomber jackets. The casual style was seen in full force on the F/W 22 runways—from oversize iterations at Isabel Marant to suede cropped styles at Miu Miu along with embroidered and embellished beauties at Christian Dior and Prada. Whatever you choose, this is undoubtedly one of the coolest and easy-to-wear jackets of the fall season.

Year after year, blazers remain a mainstay in our fall wardrobes. This season, we saw less cropped styles and more, cool oversize silhouettes. But a fresh style that really stood out to us? Super-chic nipped-in-waist blazers, which create a flattering silhouette that feels fresh. 

It’s not fall without a generous dose of fuzzy fabrics, from shearling to faux-fur. On the runways, we saw collars that fold over covered in all things plush and cozy. So give those fringe jackets of seasons past a break and go for a statement cushy collar.

As I mentioned earlier, there’s plenty of leather styles to suit every sartorial taste this season. We’re seeing biker and moto silhouettes, in particular, reign supreme. There are so many cool options on the market right now for every budget. Throw one over a silky slip or sheer dress for a cool, contrasting look.

Set aside your capes for a chic, Chanel-inspired tweed jacket this fall. They add an expensive-looking touch to every ensemble. 

When it comes to jacket details, high-neck funnel silhouettes were a huge trend designers from Altuzarra to Dion Lee embraced on the runways. Skip those waterfall shawl collars and opt for a chic high neckline instead.

Up next, eight outdated fall dress trends we’re skipping and eight we’re buying instead.

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