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Four Fall Jackets: Entry Level + Upgrade

SG's top outerwear styles for the season

By Megan Collins | Sep 18 2014

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A new season approaches, and with it, that perennial decision: to skimp or splurge on outerwear. Sure, we can all get by in a $100 peacoat—but should we? Maybe not. Like they say: Dress for the job you want—and no article of clothing gets as much of a workout in the cooler months than outerwear.

We picked four of our top shapes for the fall: the classic bomber, the parka, the motorcycle jacket, and the peacoat. Classics every one of them. Buy it once, have it forever—if you invest. But we know that this might not be the season for investing—this might, in fact, be the season for just getting by—so we’re giving you two options for both: one that won’t come close to breaking the bank, and one you can think of as an investment piece. Hey, a heavy-duty parka’s going to be way more valuable in some sort of post-apocalytic dystopia than a mutual fund, right?

Entry level: Everlane’s classic bomber ($68) is lightweight and loosely structured, a modern take on a silhouette that can get a little 1950s if everyone’s not careful.

Upgrade option: Public School’s double-faced cotton bomber ($890). What you get for the extra bucks: heavier, better-wearing fabric; sleeker fasteners; and better structure. Also, a lining made of eco-friendly cupro.

Entry level: Trust Gap with the basics, like this wool-blend peacoat ($158). If you’d rather blow the budget on say, football tickets, this will get you through tailgating in style.

Upgrade: Now, promise not to get mad, but now take a look at this Paul Smith peacoat ($1780), which takes the classic’s silhouette (wide lapels, narrow waist, etc.) and presents it in high-end fabrics and finishing. What you get for the money: 100% wool; Italian production; covered fastenings; 100% style and class. I know, I hate me for showing it to you, too. Budget – busted.


Entry level: Motorcycle jackets can be a bit terrifying—they’re just so much look—but slide into one, but ASOS’s house-brand is a good place to start: There’s a minimum of embellishment, which paradoxically is a mainstay of higher-end models but can also make them look overworked—especially if you’re not climbing into an episode of “Sons of Anarchy.” This one says: “city guy,” rather than “European assassin,” which is probably not where you wanted to go. Above, ASOS leather biker jacket, $228. (If you’d rather skip the leather entirely, check out this under-$45 one, from Forever 21.)

Upgrade: Still a minimum of embellishments, minus that vertical pocket zipper. What you get for the money: heavier, more durable leather; a better fit through the arms thanks to elbow-seam darts; ultra-fancy, hard-wearing Italian Riri zippers. This is the Seth jacket from Rag & Bone, $1295

Entry level: Parkas are engineered for layering, so buy a size up—it’ll give you a few more weeks of cold-weather use on a moderately priced parka like this one (Wemoto’s Mountain Parka, $114), which earns points for its urban styling (it’s black, not the color of moss, as well as colorblocked).

Upgrade: Polar vortex, blizzard, whatever you throw at this heavy-duty, function-minded parka, it’ll handle. The Canada Goose Chateau parka isn’t cheap, but here’s what you getting: 625g down fill, coyote fur-trimmed hood, ribbed cuffs, a hidden zipper. Basically you can leave your house in the dead of winter wearing nothing but a tee and sweatpants and you’ll survive. Not that we recommend it—but with this covering you up, it’s possible.

Tell me:

What do you save cash on? What will you spend on? 

Want more fall outerwear? Check out the SG Pinterest board for cool weather coats!

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