Autumn jackets for style anoraks
Six trans-seasonal coat styles to kick-start your season
There’s nothing like falling leaves and the first sighting of a good Sunday roast to turn all thoughts towards dressing for autumn. The perfect mid-season coat sits at the heart of a wardrobe refresh, with many of us looking to the jackets we already own – and the ones we’d like to own – as a starting point for a new-season reboot. Of course, this fresh start need not always mean indulging in a groundbreaking new trend. Indeed, for those of us looking to make inspired choices that live beyond a single season, it’s the optimum time to consider a true classic that has been designed to stand the test of time.
Meet the shacket
When fashion gives us a hybrid it either feels like a gift from god or a gimmick. Despite the questionable title, the shacket falls into the former camp. One part shirt and another part warm autumnal jacket, this trans-seasonal solution is a wise investment for anyone who plans to live in jeans and basic T-shirts over the coming months.
The anorak reigns
For fast-paced mornings that feature everything from sunrise gym sessions to rainy school drop-offs, the anorak reigns supreme. It always will. Thankfully there are a whole host of them around this season that marry style with substance. For a cover-up with true practical appeal, cast your eye towards the world of athleisure. Stella McCartney’s latest collection for adidas features the ultimate fling-on-and-go solution.
Entrenched in a new season
Is a trench coat the most socially responsible autumn coat of them all? Certainly, a well chosen one should last a lifetime. To select a trench with longevity, pay close attention to fit – you’ll want room to layer. It’s also wise to avoid unnecessary trims – this is a design classic that requires no fuss or fanfare. Mother of Pearl’s mid-length option is a fine example.
The very best bikers
Just as you can’t reinvent in the wheel, you can’t redesign the perfect biker jacket. This long-standing fashion failsafe works best in its purest incarnation. To find your match, quality is everything. Super-soft leathers are essential while fussy details are surplus to requirements. Sticking to neutral colours such as black and navy will ensure this jacket never gets old.
Embrace a winter coat early
When it comes to sourcing that all important winter coat, the savvy shopper leaps early. But it need not be a case of buy now, wear later. Indeed, with so many versatile styles in store this autumn, you can start experimenting with yours long before the cold bites. A mid-length overcoat works beautifully with bare legs while something mid-weight – like this dogtooth coat from John Lewis – looks great with boyfriend-fit crops and a silk cami. Add Birkenstocks if you’re brave.
Like all good future-proofed solutions, a denim jacket has a host of transferable skills. In summer, this style classic takes the edge off a chilly sea breeze or an early evening dip in temperature, while in autumn it acts as the ultimate layering piece. Invest in one you really love and wear over a long sleeve dress or under an oversized winter coat. You’ll return to it for years to come.