Style Roundup: 20 Fall Jackets for Guys (Updated!)

20 of our light layer faves

By Style Girlfriend | Last Updated: Jan 28 2019

We’re gonna play it straight with you, fellas: fall jackets for guys are like catnip to us ladies.

We love a man in a thoughtfully layered look, and the light coats this season demands are truly the piece de resistance of any outfit. Whether your front hall closet is full of ’em, or you’re just starting to put together a collection, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite styles for you to browse. Happy shopping!

(editor’s note: This roundup was such a hit last year, we’ve updated all the picks for 2018. Enjoy!)

Below, the best 20 fall jackets for guys in 2018:

1. Gap, $98

SG Says: What, did you think we were done talking about trucker jackets and all the variations on a classic jean jacket? Think again.

2. Abercrombie & Fitch, $59

SG Says: Florals? For fall? That actually is kind of groundbreaking. We love how the print is tempered (i.e., made way more wearable) by a neutral like the olive green in this A&F hooded zip-up.

3. Nike, $130


4. Obey, $124

SG Says: Don’t sleep on millennial pink! We’ve talked about this color before, and it still looks good for Fall 2018.

5. AllSaints, $145

SG Says: Somewhere between a shirt jacket and a kimono lies this badass Allsaints style. And really, who can resist a light jacket with tigers??

6. Alpha Industries, $150

SG Says: Like we weren’t going to include the OG bomber?!

7. Herschel Supply, $70

SG Says: More surprisingly wearable (and affordable!) florals, this time from Herschel Supply.

8. Claiborne, $120

About mac coats

The ’60s are a great era to pull inspiration from when it comes to both the mac coat and the more traditional trench coat. They’ve been around for decades and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

And really, who doesn’t want to steal some of Don Draper’s swagger?

The difference between a trench coat and mac coat, despite having very similar styles, is that a mac coat generally boasts a superior resistance to water and wind because of its underlying material, making it a little stiffer than a trench. It’s also generally unbelted, while a trench is (again, generally) belted.

Although a little too dressy for casual streetwear, trench and mac coats offer a super sleek look for guys, whether you’re headed to the office or an internship on a rainy day. They’re light-weight, elegant, and virtually timeless.

9. Original Penguin, $150

10. Everlane, $98

About bomber jackets:

How do we love a bomber jacket? Let us count the ways. Actually, make it five. Five ways to wear a bomber jacket this season, right this way.

11. Todd Snyder + Private White V.C., $895

About peacoats:

The go-to coat for guys in a little-nicer-than-casual setting. Peacoats are great for looking polished and put-together without looking like you put in a ton of effort.  Whether you’re headed to work, dinner, or *gulp* going home to meet the GF’s parents at Christmas…you can’t really go wrong with a sturdy peacoat.

And you can literally find peacoats everywhere.  My advice: don’t go for the cheapest one you can find. The lining of a poorly-made peacoat will surely tear at first hug. And how would that look to the parents?

12. Old Navy, $59

SG Says: A staple for any guy’s closet, this military jacket from Old Navy fits the bill, and your budget.

13. J.Crew, $98

SG Says: Netflix rom-comIf we were making a , it would be about a single mom falling in love with her daughter’s slightly-younger-but-still-appropriate little league coach, and he would wear this J.Crew jacket every day to practice.

14. DSTLD, $90

About field jackets:

By definition, a field coat keeps you protected from the “elements.” Given the right material, they can be worn with nearly anything, making it a super versatile jacket for your coat closet. Perfect for a walk on a brisk October morning or for an outdoor lunch with friends, field coats are meant for comfort, while still keeping your style game on point.

> See five ways to wear a field jacket

15. Topman, $150

SG Says: Take the tips from our 5 Days, 5 Ways: Souvenir Jacket feature and apply ’em to this bad boy.

16. ASOS, $119

SG Says: This ASOS style is a little heavier, bringing you from early fall straight into the year’s first snowfall.

> Check out five ways to wear a shearling-lined jacket

17. Champion, $65

SG Says: ‘Tis the season…of inclement weather. On days when you’re going on a run in 50 degrees or covering up your outfit during a 70 degree downpour, this lightweight coach’s jacket will do the trick.

18. Barbour, $399

SG Says: Nothing matches the autumn season like a great quilted coat. It’ll weather anything the elements throw at it and look even more stylish as it gets older (just like you, hopefully)

> See how this cashmere company founder dresses for a week

19. Levi’s $128

SG Says: Like we said…not. done. with. denim. jackets. yet.

20. Target, $35

SG Says: Familiar style + unexpected color = style win

Don’t forget

A nice coat can really pull together a look, so don’t let it be an afterthought. Instead, see your top layer as the perfect opportunity for you to further express your personal style. Plus – duh – coats keep you warm!  Talk about a win-win.


>> Want more autumn inspiration? Shop our fall footwear picks