This is the classic of all classics, whether you’re a lady or a gent, a teen or an adult. When it comes to the details—length, wash, button color, distressed or not—it’s really a matter of personal preference. Try a few on for size and prepare to keep this timeless workhorse in your closet for years to come!
Army green is the new neutral: This military-inspired piece goes with everything, and all the pockets make it practical, too. To define your waist, look for a jacket with a drawstring around the middle; for extra coziness, try one with a hood. Pull it out of your closet to dress down a little black dress or layer it with a plaid flannel shirt and jeans for football tailgating.
A leather (or pleather) jacket in any style is a versatile cool-weather staple, but the zippered details and prominent lapel of a classic moto jacket are especially iconic. Use it to toughen up an otherwise girly lace dress or pop it over a jumpsuit for a night out.
More a hefty cardigan than a jacket per se, this cozy layering piece can turn a plain tee and jeans into a stylish ensemble. Look for cozy cable knits, colorful stripes or eye-catching Aztec-inspired prints.
Whether you’re still in school or graduation is far in your rearview, there’s something that feels quintessentially fall about the varsity jacket. Look for styles that make use of the original letter emblem on the front, or opt for a more modern version that takes liberties with the inspiration by incorporating on-trend patterns such as plaid or space dye.