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The second the temperature drops, we immediately set our sights on finding the perfect outerwear piece for the new season. And while we’re not quite ready to jump into fall fashion just yet, fortunately some of our very favorite retailers already are — and have even debuted a fresh selection of coats, jackets, windbreakers, capes, and more, all in anticipation of the upcoming season.
We’ll be honest: finding the most versatile jacket or coat is much easier said than done, as there are thousands of silhouettes, brands, and price points to shop. There’s also the matter of which type of jacket or coat actually suits your lifestyle and wardrobe. Do you live someplace rainy where you could benefit from owning a waterproof raincoat? Are you often adventuring outdoors and in need of something sportier like a windbreaker or parka jacket? Perhaps come wintertime, the temperatures in your city or town can get pretty brisk, and a heavy wool coat would serve as the best style to snuggle up in. Or maybe you just need something seasonally friendly yet still fashionable — like a wool cape or poncho?
Regardless of what type of jacket or coat you’re in the market for, we’re here to help you get started, and have rounded up a list of every type of coat and jacket that you could ever need. Whether you love a staple leather jacket, are willing to splurge on a thick winter coat, or just want a cozy puffer, you can shop the best of the best ahead and find your next match in no time. Keep reading to check out our outerwear 101 ultimate guide — class is in session!
Looking for a specific type of jacket or coat? Browse through the categories ahead:
Read on to see our picks for the best jackets and coats to shop this season.
— Additional reporting by Randy Miller and Nikita Ramsinghani