8 Perfect Coats for Crisp Fall Weather

Photos courtesy of each manufacturer.

Fall in Chicago is a tricky season. Some days it feels like summer, some days like spring, some days like something approaching winter. It’s tough to find a coat that’s the right weight, so that you’re not sweating on warmer days or freezing when temps suddenly dip. Here are eight of our picks for the hottest trends this season — that will also keep you just the right temperature.

The Kensington Mid-length Heritage Trench Coat

Burberry: The Kensington Mid-length Heritage Trench Coat

No collection of fall coats would be complete without a mention of the classic Burberry trench. With a more modern fit, the Kensington is tailored to the body with a tapered waist for an effortlessly slimming look. Though it comes in five colors, why would you buy any other than the classic stone? Monograms available. $1,795, Burberry

Theory Abla Tile Check Double Breasted Coat

Theory Abla Tile Check Double Breasted Coat

This knee-length coat in a classic check oozes sophistication, and the polyester-wool mix is the perfect antidote to those early fall days with just a hint of nippiness in the air. Falling to the knees, Theory knows not to stray from its modern designs and sophisticated patterns. $585, Neiman Marcus

BB Dakota Carmen Faux-Leather Drape Front Jacket

BB Dakota Carmen Faux-Leather Drape Front Jacket

Unstructured is the name of the game right now, and this impressive leather imitation fits right in. It’s the perfect combination of tough and elegant and looks absolutely too cool when zipped up. Available in three colors (though we recommend the timeless black for extra rock star cred). Bonus: It’s vegan (and a steal). $105, Nordstrom

Basic Terrain Sweatshirt Wrap

Basic Terrain Sweatshirt Wrap

We can just imagine throwing this snuggly fleece wrap on over workout clothes after an early-morning sweat sesh at the gym … and sleeping in it, for that matter. The effortless, draped silhouette adds elegance to an otherwise casual piece that we know you’ll be wearing at least three times a week. $128, Shopbop

Woolrich Prescott Eskimo Rain Jacket

Woolrich Prescott Eskimo Rain Jacket

If you’ve always wanted a raincoat that didn’t make you feel like an elementary school child, this is the one for you. In a timeless military olive color with simple detailing, this raincoat will keep you both dry and fashionable until you wear it into threads. A hidden inner drawstring keeps gusts of cold, rainy autumn air out while simultaneously adding silhouette. $350, Bloomingdale’s

Zimmerman Karmic Track Bomber

Zimmerman Karmic Track Bomber

Bomber jackets are huge this season, and this one is especially fantastic. With a fabulous print that nicely contrasts the classic fall colors, this oversized bomber is a statement piece, no matter what you’re wearing. It’s fully lined, but probably best suited for milder fall days. $1,400, Lyst

Vince Camuto Patch Pocket Open Front Long Vest

Vince Camuto Patch Pocket Open Front Long Vest

Long vests are currently very much in style, and we’re all about it. They make anyone look sleek and lean and this one is no exception. In a bold flame color, it’s the perfect overlay for an all-black ensemble. The large button detailing at the back adds an extra special touch. $135, Nordstrom

Isabel Marant Gabrie Striped Wool Blend Bouclé Coat

Isabel Marant Gabrie Striped Wool Blend Bouclé Coat

Take one look at this ultra-soft wool-blend bouclé masterpiece and you’ll want to bury your face in it — at least, we do. This exquisite single-button creation screams fall, and despite the heavy pattern, it’s actually quite slimming. You’ll be itching for a chance to wear this cozy coat as the leaves begin to turn. $530, Net-a-Porter


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