What’s the Best
Jacket for Fall?

What’s the Best Jacket for Fall?

There are so many ways to do the season right

Best men's fall lightweight jackets in 2021

The obvious: You’re going to need a jacket this fall. After all, autumn is undeniably the best season for light jackets—the bitterness of winter is still far enough away to justify a non-down option, but the crisp mornings and chilly evenings mean that an extra layer is all but required. The slightly more difficult question isn't so much about what as it is about which. From anoraks to zip-ups, car coats to work jackets, there's an outer layer for everyone these days, and sometimes, that can feel overwhelming.

The season's best vary in shape, size and style, but all share one thing in common—enough protection to keep you warm and look great while doing so. With so many styles to choose from, you can pick the jacket best for your personal dress code, but some of our favorite looks of the season involve defying expectations. Matching a longer, dressier coat with sweats is arguably the ultimate way to do high-low in fall 2021, when even a refined gent can get away with a hoodie. Likewise, a sleek nylon bomber or zip-up over a shirt-trouser combo has been a go-to look for some of Valet.'s favorite dressers for some time now. The best jackets should have something special, because if there's any time to let your outerwear do the talking, it's now.

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The Best Men’s
Fall Jackets in 2021

Carhartt WIP Detroit Jacket

Detroit jacket,
$248 by Carhartt WIP

Universal Works Check Wool Kyoto Work Jacket

Check wool Kyoto work jacket,
$279 by Universal Works

Levis Half-All Oversized Trucker Jacket
Levis Half-All Oversized Trucker Jacket

Half-all oversized trucker jacket,
$98 by Levi's

Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket
Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket

Flannel-lined waxed trucker jacket,
$268 by Flint and Tinder

adidas Firebird Track Jacket

Firebird track jacket,
$80 by adidas

Noon Goons Corduroy Club Jacket

Corduroy club jacket,
$129 by Noon Goons

J.Crew Ludlow Car Coat

Ludlow car coat,
$398 by J.Crew

Buck Mason Denim Two-Pocket Field Shirt Jacket

Denim two-pocket field shirt jacket,
$125 by Buck Mason

Janji Rainrunner Pack Jacket
Janji Rainrunner Pack Jacket

Rainrunner pack jacket,
$198 by Janji

Scotch & Soda Printed Teddy Reversible Fleece Jacket
Scotch & Soda Printed Teddy Reversible Fleece Jacket

Printed teddy reversible fleece jacket,
$348 by Scotch & Soda

Gap Denim Zip-Front Jacket
Gap Denim Zip-Front Jacket

Denim zip-front jacket,
$98 / $58.80 (w/code FLASH) by Gap

Barbour Classic Bedale Waxed Jacket

Classic bedale waxed jacket,
$395 by Barbour

Pleasures Jungle Jacket

Jungle jacket,
$160 by Pleasures

Topo Designs Sherpa Jacket

Sherpa jacket,
$169 by Topo Designs

UNIQLO Single Collar Short Blouson Jacket

Single collar short blouson jacket,
$49.90 by UNIQLO

Club Monaco Bomber Jacket
Club Monaco Bomber Jacket

Bomber jacket,
$229 by Club Monaco

Seasonal Pickings

Great jackets are timeless, but a trend we’re loving this fall is green tinted outerwear. From a deep lime to a warm forrest shade, green coats have cemented themselves as one of the hottest colors of 2021. Plus, green can be a great neutral, or an eye catching hue—it just depends on how you wear it.

Filled overshirt, $375 by Aime Leon Dore

NOTE: Items featured in this story are independently selected by the editorial team. Purchasing via our links may earn Valet. a portion of the sale, which helps fund our editorial mission.

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