Once the leaves change colors and the temperature dips below 50 degrees, your coat is the most important piece in your closet. But just because it serves a utilitarian purpose, doesn't mean it can't be stylish. In fact, your outerwear can be one of the coolest pieces in your fall wardrobe — and we have the standout styles to prove it.
Below, five of the biggest trends to add to your shopping cart, stat.
What is it about fall that makes us want to wrap ourselves in a warm blanket all the time? Well, consider this season's crop of shearling-lined jackets a happy medium. The plush interior will keep you cozy without compromising your style. And thanks to designers like Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler, they're on trend too. Cool and comfy, this option from Kate Spade is everything we want in an outer layer.
Let's face it: An elegant trench will never go out of style. If you already have this staple in your wardrobe, why not kick it up a notch? Brands like Adam Selman and Lacoste reimagined the classic style in funky fabrics like denim and leather, respectively. But if you ask us, this Burberry Sanbridges option is the clear winner. The suede fabric makes the traditional silhouette feel a little more special, but you'll be able to wear it for many years to come.
Every season has an "it" color and the hue of choice this fall is definitely red. Indeed, bold, lipstick red was splashed on pretty much everything at fashion week — shoes, dresses, you name it. But if you don't want to wear too many statement pieces at once, J.Crew's topcoat is simple, yet commands attention.
For something that you can wear virtually anywhere, a belted topper is your best bet. It has the same versatility as a peacoat, but since you can tie the belt to your preference, you can create a sexy hourglass figure. This option from Ted Baker will keep you cozy for work, date nights, and on weekends.
It's definitely not for sartorial wallflowers, but this style is probably the most fun you can have with outerwear this fall. Tons of brands like Dries Van Noten, Miu Miu, and Anya Hindmarch schemed up jackets covered in fun fuzz this season. When shopping for one of your own, bolder is better. A vibrant hue, as seen with this Diane von Furstenberg option, packs a punch and can be dressed up or down.
Can't get enough of this fuzzy fabric? You can add some other fun textures into your fall wardrobe.