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The chillier season of autumn is here, and so are fall jackets. Though a must for traveling this time of year—in many regions—a heavy coat isn’t always necessary. Layering and choosing the right jacket are essential. Check out our selections for your next trip!
Best Fall Coats
by Chantelle Mallin
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Women’s outerwear jackets are essential for fall travel, but sometimes your destination may not call for something super heavy. The key to traveling in mild to cold temperatures is to layer. Instead of packing thick knits and chunky sweaters, layer thin-mid weight long sleeve pullovers and tops in warm fabrics like cashmere, merino wool, and polyester blends underneath your jacket.
Without further ado, here are the best fall jackets for travel that layer well and are super stylish!
Take a look at these boots for fall!
Best Fall Coats Reviews
Columbia Splash A Little II Jacket | Available in sizes XS-XL
Travel Coats for Rain are Essential for Autumn Travels
A bonafide TFG favorite, the Splash A Little II Jacket will keep you dry and your outfit options wide open. In addition to its impressive functionality (plenty of pockets and HyVent® performance among them), it has a back-sealed snap that creates a fitted, flattering silhouette.
An adjustable hood provides protection and comfort, while multiple color options let you pick the perfect one for you. We love this stylish coat!
The secret to traveling light is to create a functional but minimalist capsule wardrobe. Learn more in my guide!
Pardon My Trench Rain Jacket | Available in sizes XS-2X Plus
Stylish Coats Like this Raincoat Offer a Color Blast on Gray Days
You’re sure to stand out in this bright yellow raincoat from Columbia. With a beautifully flirty and sporty look, it’s the perfect travel jacket to make a color popping statement in.
What’s even better? It’s packable, water-resistant, and equipped with a back-venting system for a proper fit. Gloomy, fall days are no match in this instant stunner!
Take a look at these stylish and Insta-friendly water-resistant jackets!
Cole Haan Back Bow Rain Jacket | Available in sizes XS-3XL
Cole Haan’s Fall Coats are Perfectly Packable
Continuing with the lightweight trend (which we’re all about here in TFG!) this single-breasted raincoat from Cole Haan is another serious reader favorite, and understandably so—this piece comes in multiple colors and packs up like a dream. Its water resistant silhouette resembles a classic trench and the hood is also removable.
The list goes on when it comes to why we love this practical piece. Pair with ponte pants, a striped quarter sleeve top, and black loafers the next time your travels take you to Paris!
These rainy day outfits for travel won’t let you down!
Anatomie Kenya Safari Jacket | Available in sizes XS-XL
Fashionable Light Coats for Fall Make Year-round Favorites
The clothing brand Anatomie is behind one of our FAVORITE jackets for travel that we simply can’t stop raving about—the Kenya! Anatomie make jackets (and a variety of travel clothes) from high-performance fiber and the results are lightweight, protective, resistant, quick-drying, and insanely comfortable.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that their Kenya jacket is one of our top picks for the fall season. Available in a variety of colors and perfectly packable for when temperatures start to rise.
Read this Anatomie jacket review to find out why this is the best travel jacket ever!
Joules Golightly Waterproof Raincoat | Available in sizes 2-16
Printed Fall Coats are All the Rage This Coming Season
Like the Golightly Printed raincoat from Joules above but looking for some more excitement? No worries, they’ve got plenty of additional prints available as well. We adore this feminine floral and could see it working well in England, Japan or even stateside in places like Portland or Seattle. It’s pretty, easily packable, and an overall fantastic option for travel in wet climates.
Check out these cute rain boots for your next trip!
Via Spiga Trench with Hood | Available in sizes XS-XL
Bring Everyday Style in a Classic Trench Coat to Your Travels
Can’t go wrong with a classic trench! This coat from Via Spiga is an easy and promising pick for the fall—we’re getting major Audrey Hepburn vibes circa Breakfast at Tiffany’s (which everyone knows will ALWAYS be in fashion).
Looks aside, this durable coat also comes equipped with a detachable liner, meaning this piece will take you through both fall and winter in style, elegance, and most of all, warmth. A clear winner in our book.
Here are a few trench coat styles to inspire your travel wardrobe this season!
SaphiRose Anorak Jacket | Available in sizes S-XXL
A Lightweight Utility Jacket is a Versatile Addition to Most Fall Outfits
Parkas were all the rage last fall and they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Seriously influenced by the ever popular military trend, this chic parka by SaphiRose is the perfect blend of grunge and sleek elegance.
It’s a great, casual piece that’ll pair perfectly with sunnies, dark wash jeans, and ankle boots, and its lightweight design takes up little space. This jacket is the perfect addition to your autumn travel wardrobe.
Find out what our readers chose as the best waterproof leather boots!
Caslon Drap Collar Knit Blazer | Available in sizes XXS-XXL
Light Throw Over Jackets are an Ideal Layering Piece
This beautifully draped jacket from Caslon is made for layering! It’s perfect to throw on over an outfit when heading out at night for a meal or drinks. If you’re looking for even more coverage, you can easily layer a leather jacket over it as well.
It also ticks off another favorite fall trend—the classic cardigan! There are plenty of color options to choose from in this style, but you can never go wrong with a classic black. This jacket is definitely a piece you can take from outerwear to evening wear. Pair with black ponte pants, loafers, and a white tee for a look you can rock all day and night.
Take a look at these cardigans, the perfect layer for your next trip!
POGTMM 3/4 Sleeve Jacket | Available in sizes 4-22
Replace Heavy Fall Coats with a Down to Business Blazer
Polish up your look this season with this classy blazer by POGTMM. This is a timeless piece that will always be in style and most certainly isn’t limited to just corporate, formal events! Throw one over skinny jeans, a tee, and flats for a casual yet polished ensemble.
Our readers share their favorite brands for the best travel blazer!
Levi’s Sherpa Collar Trucker Jacket | Available in sizes XS-2XL
Stylish Jackets are on Trend with Faux Fur
Whether it be printed, brightly hued, or as a trim, faux fur always seems to make a comeback in the fall and winter seasons. This timeless style is a promising pick for the coming months and is cute without the cruelty. Perfect for wearing over your favorite shirt or sweater to protect you from the chill.
Read this post on the best down jacket!
Just Quella Vintage Washed Boyfriend Denim | Available in sizes XS-XL
Womens Casual Jackets in an Oversized Style are Popular Travel Pieces
Looking for something “oversized” that’s actually the right size? Look no further than this blogger-approved vintage denim jacket from Just Quella. Sleek, sophisticated, and stylish—you really can’t go wrong with this versatile stunner.
And if you’re concerned about how to pack it on your fall and winter travels, we suggest wearing it as part of your plane outfit so that you avoid excess bulk in your carry-on. That way, you’ll have a pretty adorable flight outfit as well! You can’t lose!
Here are our readers recommendations for the most lightweight denim jackets.
BLANKNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket | Available in sizes XS-XL
Iconic Streetwear is Everywhere When it Comes to Womens Coat Styles
For a stylish fall accessory, this classic faux-leather jacket is a serious must-have to any travel wardrobe and a TFG reader favorite! Way more lightweight than typical leather, this has an edgy and funky silhouette and is guaranteed to add a hint of edginess to any outfit!
Would be a terrific item to wear on an airplane for a bit of coverage, and once you land, it can go from day to night effortlessly. You’re sure to look cool all season long, yet feel cozy in this stunner.
Leather jackets are a fashionista favorite when it comes to traveling stylishly. Find out why and how to wear a leather jacket on your next trip!
Joules Rain Anorak | Available in sizes 2-16
Leopard Ticks the Trends in Stylish Jackets
We especially love that this piece is water-repellant, meaning random downpours won’t dampen your travels. A pleated back perfects the fit, while large, glossy buttons complement the print.
Follow these tips when packing for mixed weather!
BB Dakota by Steve Madden Plaid By You Blazer | Available in sizes XS-XL
Mad About Plaid in a Sharp Boyfriend Blazer
Steve Madden has a respectable tradition of producing smart wearable clothing; it is a prime brand for women on the go seeking both fashion and function.
This classic plaid coat falls directly into next season’s French casual trend. Add this to your autumn wardrobe and be fiercely current, while remaining comfortable and covered. You’ll be a triple threat!
Best Fall Coats Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Columbia Splash A Little II Jacket||The Splash A Little II Jacket will keep you dry and your outfit options wide open.||Check Price|
|Pardon My Trench Rain Jacket||It's packable, water-resistant, and equipped with a back-venting system for a proper fit.||Check Price|
|Cole Haan Rain Jacket||This single-breasted raincoat is another serious reader favorite, and understandably so—this piece comes in multiple colors and packs up like a dream.||Check Price|
|Anatomie Kenya Safari Jacket||The clothing brand Anatomie is behind one of our FAVORITE jackets for travel that we simply can't stop raving about—the Kenya! Anatomie make jackets (and a variety of travel clothes) from high-performance fiber and the results are lightweight, protective, resistant, quick-drying, and insanely comfortable.||Check Price|
|Joules Golightly Waterproof Raincoat||It’s pretty, easily packable, and an overall fantastic option for travel in wet climates.||Check Price|
|Via Spiga Trench with Hood||This coat from Via Spiga is an easy and promising pick for the fall—we're getting major Audrey Hepburn vibes circa Breakfast at Tiffany's (which everyone knows will ALWAYS be in fashion).||Check Price|
|SaphiRose Anorak Jacket||It’s a great, casual piece that’ll pair perfectly with sunnies, dark wash jeans, and ankle boots, and its lightweight design takes up little space.||Check Price|
|Caslon Drap Collar Knit Blazer||This jacket is definitely a piece you can take from outerwear to evening wear.||Check Price|
|POGTMM 3/4 Sleeve Jacket||This is a timeless piece that will always be in style and most certainly isn't limited to just corporate, formal events!||Check Price|
|Levi's Sherpa Collar Trucker Jacket||Perfect for wearing over your favorite shirt or sweater to protect you from the chill.||Check Price|
|Just Quella Vintage Washed Boyfriend Denim||This blogger-approved vintage from Just Quella. Sleek, sophisticated, and stylish—you really can't go wrong with this versatile stunner.||Check Price|
|Teddy Faux Leather Biker Jacket||This textured jacket is a classic addition to any travel wardrobe and is guaranteed to add a hint of edginess to any outfit! Featuring quilted shoulders and zippered embellishments, you're sure to look cool all season long, yet feel cozy in this stunner.||Check Price|
|Joules Rain Anorak||This piece is water-repellant, meaning random downpours won’t dampen your travels.||Check Price|
|BB Dakota by Steve Madden Plaid By You Blazer||Add this to your autumn wardrobe and be fiercely current, while remaining comfortable and covered. You’ll be a triple threat!||Check Price|
How to Pack Your Coats
Packing cubes will change the way you pack. We designed our own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything — even your coats!
You can learn my packing hacks with packing cubes in the video below!
What do you think are the best fall coats for travel? Share in the comments below!
For more travel outerwear ideas, please read:
- The Best Down Jacket
- Travel Raincoats for Women
- Rain Jackets for Women: Our Top Brands for Travel
- This is Seriously the Best Travel Jacket
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Chantelle Mallin is a 21-year-old student studying fashion design at The University of Huddersfield and has traveled through Europe. She’s originally from Yorkshire and can’t wait to broaden her travel experience and visit Southeast Asia and the USA. Follow her on Twitter.