Now that autumn is in full swing, it’s time to start making your travel plans—and deciding what to wear when you go. A good fall jacket is a vital addition to any cool-weather outfit, and having the right one can make or break a trip. Here are eight lightweight fall jackets that look great and travel well.
Via Spiga Women’s Single-Breasted Pleated Trench Coat
Whether you’re sightseeing on a crisp fall afternoon or stuck in a rainstorm, the Via Spiga Pleated Trench Coat is sure to keep you warm and dry. With its detachable hood, this water-resistant trench—made from cotton and polyester—functions as both a rain jacket and everyday coat. It fits true to size, comes with a full interior lining and exterior pockets, and has a stylish tie-up belt and a skirted bottom to give you a flattering, feminine look.
Amazon Essentials Packable Hooded Down Jacket
When the weather has warmed up and you no longer need your coat, there’s nothing more annoying than having to carry it around for hours. For times like these, the Amazon Essentials Packable Hooded Down Jacket is the perfect solution. This ultra-condensable puffer jacket comes with a drawstring bag so you can pack it up and toss it in your tote or carry-on when you don’t need it. Sporty and slim fitting, this hip-length coat looks great with everything from jeans and boots to leggings and sneakers. Note that it runs small, so if you’re planning to wear it with thicker layers, go a size up.
London Fog Men’s Iconic Trench Coat
Whether you’re heading out to dinner with friends or traveling on business, London Fog’s Iconic Trench Coat will keep you warm and looking polished. This classic, military-style trench comes with a removable wool collar for extra warmth. Pair it with layers, jeans, and a scarf, and you’ll be ready for the day.
Hawke & Co Men’s Packable Down Puffer Jacket II
For an affordable, stylish option, try the Men’s Packable Down Puffer Jacket II by Hawke & Co. This quilted, hip-length puffer is machine washable, 100 percent nylon, and known for being lightweight, warm (partially due to its zippered side pockets), and easy to pack. It is also incredibly versatile and looks great when paired with a T-shirt and jeans, or with a button-down and slacks.
Bernardo Women’s Packable Down Primaloft Jacket
If you’re looking for a coat that can do it all, look no further than Bernardo’s Packable Down Primaloft Jacket for women. Worn three different ways, the Down Puffer has a built-in, removable down vest so you can convert it into a light or heavier coat, or wear it as a single vest. It has a slim flattering fit, and is an excellent multi-season choice because of its hood and fuller body coverage. It also comes with a carrying bag so it’s easy to pack.
The Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Jacket
Going for a casual, everyday look? The Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Jacket (available for men and women) is the perfect staple for your fall wardrobe. The Better Sweater Fleece has a comfortable slender fit and an interior fleece lining, so it functions as a lightweight jacket or as a warm layer under a heavier coat. And because of its insulating zipper pockets and stand-up collar, you don’t need to pack gloves or a scarf.
ZITY Men’s Reversible Zip Front Waterproof Hooded Jacket
As we transition from summer to fall, unpredictable weather is bound to follow. But with the ZITY Men’s Reversible Zip Front Waterproof Hooded Jacket, you can count on being warm and comfortable no matter what the conditions are. This reversible zip-up is made of waterproof nylon on one side and fleece on the other, so it can be worn as a raincoat or fleece jacket. Light and durable, this jacket also comes with a hood that can tuck inside its collar, as well as zippered pockets on both sides that are big enough to hold a cell phone.
Steve Madden Fashion Outerwear Jacket
Steve Madden’s Fashion Outerwear Jacket takes a classic silhouette and gives it the high-tech fabric treatment. Soft, breathable nylon is cozy enough for a chilly day, and details like hand pockets with embedded hidden zipper pockets for extra security make it a perfect do-everything layer for travelers. The jacket also packs into its own interior pocket—just flip the pocket inside out and stuff the jacket into the resulting pouch.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.