The Absolute Best Outerwear for Fall, All Under $250

Save your money for haunted hayrides and hard cider.

image
Design by Morgan McMullen

The one piece of clothing I'm willing to splurge on year after year isn't shoes or handbags, it's a nice coat. Sometimes I'll go with a trendy option, like the teddy bear jacket. Other times, I prioritize practicality and opt for a long down coat, which more or less resembles a black sleeping bag. (It's definitely not trendy, but oh-so very warm.) I'm a firm believer your coat should last you through multiple seasons, but with so many new styles coming out annually, I can't resist buying a new one...or two.

If you're in the market for a fresh jacket, too, read on below. Whether you plan to swaddle yourself in cozy faux-shearling or bury your hands in some wool pockets, the outerwear choices I've hand-picked won't disappoint—especially since they're all under $250.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
1 A Teddy Jacket
Courtesy

Aritzia teddy jacket, $198

SHOP IT

This season, one of the trendiest jacket designs resembles a stuffed animal that’s been through the washer and dryer. The "teddy coat" is plush, soft, and cozy—lulling you into the same sense of comfort as your favorite childhood toy. I already scooped up this affordable Aritzia jacket and plan to wear it with a turtleneck sweater, crop flare jeans, and white boots all winter.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
2 A Denim Trench
Courtesy

Madewell denim duster coat, $178

SHOP IT

The denim duster is my dream summer-to-fall transitional coat. It's neither too heavy nor light (according to the reviews) and is, frankly, more stylish than a regular cropped denim jacket. I'd wear this with jeans of the same color, a black sweater, and brown riding boots. Denim-on-denim, here I come.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
3 A Ladylike Lavender Coat
Courtesy

Halogen bell sleeve coat, $145

SHOP IT

Avoid feeling like a penguin in your black puffer this season by reaching for less bulky outerwear, like this feminine piece, instead. The light-colored wool coat—which comes in sizes 1x to 3x—features a double-breasted design and bell sleeves that give it the look of a Meghan Markle–esque tuxedo dress. How chic.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
4 A Plaid Coat
Courtesy

& Other Stories alpaca coat, $245

SHOP IT

I own alpaca socks (my sister got them for me in Peru) and they're the warmest, comfiest thing to wear as the temperatures drop. Therefore, I 100-percent endorse this alpaca-mixed material coat from & Other Stories. FYI: The outerwear fits slightly oversized because who wants a tight coat? Wear with jeans and black Chelsea boots and call it a day.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
5 An Olive Trench Coat
Courtesy

Michael Michael Kors trench coat, $228

SHOP IT

A trench coat in beige is a safe and versatile option. But since you probably already own one of those, get out of your comfort zone and try an olive hue. The muted green tone gives your outerwear that little spark of uniqueness, but doesn't change the trench's classic appearance. This Michael Kors piece can be worn with jeans, skirts, or even leggings on a lazy Sunday as you run errands.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
6 A Non-Blue denim Jacket
Courtesy

Madewell strawberries jacket, $148

SHOP IT

Cue The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever." This printed outerwear looks like a cream-colored denim jacket, but there's a tiny twist: the material's actually twill. My favorite part is the front pockets. They're large enough to fit your phone and credit cards in, so leave that handbag at home.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
7 A Matrix-Inspired Coat
Courtesy

Rains glossed trench coat, $225

SHOP IT

Disclaimer: I haven't watched The Matrix in its entirety, but this glossy trench resembles the one Keanu Reeves's wore in the movie...right? Or like something Kim Kardashian would wear with PVC heels and a slicked back wet hairstyle. Regardless, the shiny coat definitely makes a fashion statement, letting everyone know you're in sync with the trends. Style with boyfriend jeans and sneakers.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
8 A Pumpkin Spice–Colored Coat
Courtesy

Woven Heart fur teddy coat, $105

SHOP IT

If it's your first foray into the world of furry coats, start with this Margot Tenenbaum–inspired piece. The neutral color balances the trendiness of the fluff. More importantly, though, this coat is like a giant hug for your entire body—keeping you warm all winter long. Wear with...anything you want!

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
9 A Metallic Puffer Jacket
Courtesy

Scripted puffer jacket, $235

SHOP IT

Don't own a puffer yet? You should—unlike wool coats, which can get heavy, puffers are lightweight but fully insulated to keep you warm and toasty through winter, as you battle the snow and wind on your way to work. This year, get one with a little something fresh, like this metallic blue.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
10 A Check Print Coat
Courtesy

Topshop belted trench coat, $170

SHOP IT

There's no such thing as owning too many trench coats, especially after coming across this check print one. The pattern makes it distinct, but the gray palette keeps it low-key. To turn the coat into a high-fashion look, style with cropped leather trousers and mules.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From Fall Fashion 2018