Best transition jackets of fall 2017

We’re in the awkward phase. (No, not puberty.) We’re talking about that time between fall and winter when the weather can swing from 74° in November (thank you, global warming) to a see-your-breath 30°…in one afternoon.

When those days come around, the average outerwear typically doesn’t cut it. Put on a winter coat and you’re overheating; leave the house with only a light jacket and you’re shivering as the car warms up. What you need is a transitional jacket—something as versatile as the weather you’ll be facing every day.

Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite transitional jackets. From bombers to rainwear, denim to leather, these 10 picks will keep you dry, comfortable, and stylish as hell no matter what the weather throws at you.

1. The Weldon by Nobis

When brisk fall mornings turn blustery and wet by night, you need a wind- and waterproof jacket that’ll shield your clothes and face. You get that and more with Nobis’ handsomely styled Weldon jacket. It has a mesh liner and armpit zip vents to prevent overheating; a dropped tail to shield against mud and rain splatter; and a bevy of multipurpose pockets (some with side and front entry) so you can store your belongings and keep your hands dry. ($ 495, nobis.com)

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2. Jacket of All Trades Interchangeable Jacket by Columbia

You get all-season versatility with this. You also get three jackets in one. There’s a shell; a reversible, waterproof liner (the opposite side is all blue); and a water-resistant fleece bomber. When it’s bone-chillingly cold and wet, wear the full getup. And if it’s unseasonably mild, rock the bomber (the camo print is inspired by one of Columbia’s vintage looks). The shell also has an oversized pocket at the lower back to stow the liner. ($ 260, columbia.com)

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3. Räven Jacket by Fjallraven

The M-65 jacket has enjoyed many civilian iterations since the original U.S. Army models were shipped out in ’65, but Fjallraven’s Raven jacket is our favorite in ’17. The Raven retains all the handsome styling that made the originals such a pragmatic classic of American style: four chest pockets, draw-cords in the waist and bottom hem to trim the fit, and a fixed hood that deploys out of the collar on rainy afternoons. What sets this bird apart, though, is Fjallraven’s signature G-1000 fabric, which is tough, durable, fast-drying, and weather-resistant. ($ 225, fjallraven.us)

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4. Classic Racer Leather Moto Jacket by Schott

Nobody ever buys a leather jacket because it’s practical. People buy leather jackets because they are goddamn badass—and the Racer Leather Moto Jacket from Schott is no exception. But the 141, as it’s known in Schott-speak, is ideal for that autumn-to-winter transition period. Made with gusseted underarm “footballs” and a big back panel, the 141 allows enough range of motion to throw a strong right hook, while the tough brass and nickel-plated hardware (notably the cuff zippers and zipper pockets) seal your body against chilly November wind. Factor in the removable poly twill liner and real-deal American leather, and this masterpiece of a moto jacket will be the perfect companion on any ride (or regular commute) in any season. ($ 765, schottnyc.com)

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5. The Shirt Jacket by Bonobos

It’s officially the year of the shirt jacket renaissance. But as is often the case with flannels and dress shirts, even shirt jackets tend to be boxy and, frankly, a little frumpy-looking. That’s why we like Bonobos’ slim-fitting, lightly insulated shirt jackets. They’ll keep you warm on cool days, layer perfectly under heavier coats on wintry mornings, and fit handsomely around most frames no matter what you’re wearing it with. ($ 198, bonobos.com)

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6. Flapjack Shirt Jac by Duluth Trading Co.

Here it is: The burliest, warmest shirt you could possibly imagine. Duluth Trading Co. has pumped this 8-oz cotton flannel shirt full of poly fleece—perfect for insulating you on cold days in the yard, in the stadium stands, or in front of the fire. It also packs the details that make Duluth’s flannels so practical, like armpit gussets (so you can throw a football without untucking your shirt) and snap closures on the front and cuffs (so you can button up when you have gloves on). Available in six colors. ($ 79.50, duluthtrading.com)

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7. Faux Shearling Lined Denim Chore Jacket by Topman

Head out to any bar or park and you’ll see a sea of dudes decked out in denim jackets. Everyone agrees it’s functional, timeless, and a breeze to style—but you don’t want to blend in, right? So nab a denim jacket with some character and intrigue. Topman’s Faux Shearling Lined Denim Chore Jacket comes off the shelf with some light distressing, which ups the cool factor without being over-the-top. The faux shearling lining also keeps you warm as temperatures drop. ($ 91, topman.com)

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8. Biker Jacket by Zara

Zara strikes the perfect balance of quality clothing at remarkably reasonable prices. Take its Biker Jacket: The ribbing along the arms, belt detail at the hem, and zippered pockets and cuffs give it some edge—but also make it easy to dress up or down. Pair it with tattered jeans for a night out or spruce it up with a dress shirt and some slim-cut trousers. Don’t be scared off by the term “faux leather” either—it has an authentic look and feel. ($ 129, zara.com)

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9. Jonesville Bomber Jacket by Carhartt

With Carhartt, you know you’re getting a true workman’s garment that’s built to last. You get that durability in the Jonesville Bomber, but in a totally different silhouette and aesthetic than Carhartt’s benchmark jackets. It’s crafted from a polyester pile—like fleece—that insulates heat exceptionally well. And while the bomber has a loose cut, rib-knit cuffs at the wrists and hem give it that clean look. ($ 208, carhartt-wip.com)


10. Quilted Down Jacket by Dockers

We love the quilted detailing on this stylish, lightweight jacket from Dockers. Made with cotton and down insulation, you’ll get the warmth and coverage you need, without sweating your ass off. ($ 148, dockers.com)

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