The Only 5 Jackets You Really Need in Life

Are you sartorially set?

Fall is just around the corner, friends, and as sad as we are to see summer’s chill vibes fade into the sunset, we’re super pumped to break out our autumn wardrobes again. Notably, jackets. More notably, these five fashion-forward styles every woman should own.

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A Denim Jacket You Can Pair With Anything

Like, anything anything. A denim jacket dresses down a dress or skirt, toughens up florals or dainty details and adds subtle color to an all-black ensemble. Basically, it pays for itself after a single season. But you'll wear it for multiple ones—from spring to fall on its own and then in the winter layered under a heavier coat. Wins all around.

Get the look: Levi's ($60); Gap ($80); Current/Elliott ($273)

A Trench That Makes You Feel European

Arguably the most iconic silhouette ever, a beige trench is an absolute must. Pair it with your business casual finest during the week, then throw it over jeans and a sweater for a comfy (but polished) weekend look. It’s elegant and timeless and will never let you down.

Get the look: LOFT ($148); J.Crew ($298); Burberry ($1,895)

A Blazer That Instantly Makes You Feel Put Together

Talk about timeless. Plus, a perfectly tailored, slim-cut black blazer might be more versatile than you think. During the day, with a button-down and jeans or slacks, it looks professional but not stuffy. At night—paired with, say, a silky camisole—it's understatedly sexy and unexpected. The bottom line is, it's most certainly not just for the boardroom. 

Get the look: Zara ($50); Ann Taylor ($169); DVF ($468)

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A Moto Jacket That Makes You Feel Like A Badass

What does pretty much every cool girl on the planet have in common? She rocks a tough motorcycle jacket like a boss. But before you rule it out as too edgy for you, consider that black leather isn’t your only option. Softer materials (like suede and canvas) and neutral colors (like taupe and blush) can tone down the statement while still looking really damn chic.

Get the look: ASOS ($97); Madewell ($498); Anine Bing ($1,099)

A Statement Jacket That Makes You Feel Unabashedly Fabulous

You know that cocktail dress you fell head over heels in love with and bought, knowing that you wouldn't wear it as much as your trusty LBD, but you couldn't leave it in the store? This is the jacket version of that—it makes a statement and is a bit of a wildcard. But while you probably won't wear a long leopard duster on the regular, each time you do put it on, you'll remember exactly why you had to have it. 

Get the look: Mango ($80); Joie ($398); McQ Alexander McQueen ($1,038)

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Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...