Fall jackets: for when it’s not quite cold enough for a coat! There are leather jackets, suede jackets, anorak jackets, denim jackets, and more. Here are a few ways to wear them well.
Why the “before” jacket outfit needs improvements:
- The biggest issue I see right now with fall jackets is the FIT. My leather jacket has a great fit, so it’s not the best example here, but oversized jackets are a big trend right now and they just don’t look good on most people. I talk more about the best fit for jackets in this post!
- I paired leather leggings with a leather jacket here, and that’s just a no-go. Too much leather. There are lots of other options and we’ll discuss those below.
- Watch your proportions when wearing tops under jackets. The jacket should always be the same length or longer. If your sweater is longer (like mine in the “before” picture), you automatically create a “tire” around your waist, which isn’t flattering.
- Brown and black can absolutely be paired together, but a pair of tan ankle boots feels out of place and clunky with black leggings and a black jacket. We can do better!
A few easy ways to improve your fall jacket outfits:
- Swap the shoes for a pair of black ankle boots. It’s an easy fix and with black leggings, it continues your leg line and creates a nice long line, visually. Really flattering.
- Instead of leather leggings, choose a pair of black jeans or black leggings, or even blue jeans. Any of those work! But no leather on leather.
- To create more of a waistline, I chose a cropped sweatshirt instead of the long sweater. It makes that hard line between the sweater and the pants up in a more flattering spot, far away from the widest part of my body (my hips).
- We always want to take measures to draw attention up toward our face! Pulling my long hair back with a thick jacket always looks nice, and adding some earrings draws attention up right to my face.
If you’re more of a visual person, here’s the same advice in action
Looking to add a few fall jackets to your closet this season?
There are so many good ones – denim jackets, anorak jackets, leather jackets, suede jackets, and more. I’ve linked a few favorites below!
Other fall jacket outfits to give you some inspiration
Why these outfits work:
- Outfit 1
- The jacket FITS ME. The shoulder seams are in the right place, and it’s a cropped fit that is very flattering.
- There’s a little pop of color in the top underneath – that’s always a good idea to add that to an outfit for a bit of visual interest.
- Balance is achieved in this outfit with a heavier weight jacket, and then thick rain boots on the bottom. Everything else is fitted and slim.
- Outfit 2
- The jacket is fitted in the arms and at the shoulders. Even with a slouchier, longer fit, the jacket clearly fits well.
- My leg line is elongated with a half tuck
- The jeans are a bit too long, so a little cuff helps them be shorter and achieve that ankle gap that’s so flattering.
Why these outfits work:
- Outfit 3
- The jacket is perfectly fitted in the sleeves and shoulders.
- With a monochromatic outfit, the scarf adds a nice pop of color and print.
- The scarf also draws attention up toward my face – always a good idea!
- Outfit 4
- The leather jacket fits in the sleeves and the shoulders.
- My waist is defined underneath the jacket by tucking the lace top into my jeans.
- A tan pair of pointed flats elongates my leg line
- The jeans are cropped to create a nice ankle gap. These ones are a bit on the shorter side for jeans length, but it works!
Now go wear your fall jackets, and wear them well!