Fall is officially here! While there’s still time to relish in those quickly diminishing rays of sunshine, now is also an opportunity to look ahead to the chiller winter months. To that end, there’s no time like now to begin sartorially prepping and re-upping on fall jackets, so you’re well equipped for the rest of the year and beyond.
But with so many styles from which to select, choosing the perfect coat can be daunting. There are fabrics to consider, lengths to ponder, and colors to assess. Once you’ve found the piece of your dreams, though, all it’ll take is a little style savvy to make it work with a multitude of looks. So read on to discover four of our favorite jackets to help you stay cosy, look polished, and give your wardrobe a much-needed seasonal shakeup.
There’s just something glamorous about a good trench coat. The ultimate trans-seasonal dressing piece, it’s a fall essential that has stood the test of time. Its understated simplicity also makes it the perfect way to temper a bright outfit or to add a dash of professional polish. Featuring a lapelled collar, concealed front fastening, epaulets, buttoned cuff tabs, and built-in corsetry with embroidered detailing, the Corset-Detail Trench Coat by Ghanaian womenswear brand Christie Brown is a slightly more avant-garde take on the classic variety, its waist-accentuating silhouette playing up the piece’s feminine flair. We recommend keeping the rest of your look simple; after all, this singular piece is the epitome of one that speaks for itself.
Suitable for everything from a day at the office to an elegant evening engagement, a blazer is a vital staple of any wardrobe. Perhaps it’s the piece’s versatility that makes the tailored jacket so appealing. It easily emphasizes the feminine form with a fitted silhouette, while the boxy fit projects a slightly more menswear-inspired air. Nkwo’s Patches Blazer, however, is an unexpected marriage of both. Made from panels of upcycled tonal-blue denim to create an artisanal, patchwork effect (the brand’s very own creation called Dakala Cloth, created by stripping and sewing together sections of denim cutoffs), the striking piece delivers all the qualities one would expect from a fabulous fall cover-up (suitable coverage, handy pockets, and, most importantly, comfort). It’s a playful take on denim that provides an element of originality that will most certainly take center stage. Wear with a pair of sleek cigarette pants to have a little fun with proportions, and add your favorite stiletto heel to reach even loftier heights.
If casual dressing is your forte, it’s hard to go wrong with an understated style like the bomber jacket. Designers have long been revisiting the sporty staple, using unusual materials and all kinds of unique add-ons (including fringe-detailing and intricate prints) that elevate it into something a little more elegant. And with its iconic, slouchy silhouette and lightweight nature, it is perfect for nearly any weather condition—provided you’re deft at some smart layering. Kahindo’s Bomber Jacket is crafted from glistening jacquard in rich cream, rust, and gold colorway; the luxurious piece can be easily thrown on top of an effortless sneaker and jeans combo or even as part of a more glamorous evening ensemble.
There are plenty of jackets to choose from out there, but if your style philosophy is a little more on the adventurous side, may we suggest giving IAMISIGO’s Oversize Square Jacket a spin? Handcrafted in Nigeria from cotton and acrylic yarn, this fringed favorite is a head-turner, its frayed edges and hand-woven texture contributing to an air of boho chic. And while it looks sensational teamed with its matching culottes, Emmy Kasbit’s Amaka Bustier and Adanna Cargo Pants also prove to be the ideal touches for an upscale ensemble. The plain colors and sleek silhouettes ensure that the jacket’s sumptuous shades of yellow and purple piece remain the focal point of your outfit and cement your style status, no matter the weather.
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