7 belted jackets that’ll ease you into autumn layering, in style

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Belt up, look sharp – this is the latest jacket style to beat the in-between weather.

The weather right now can be as unpredictable as the Overground trains. Whether you’ve made the switch from sandals to boots (we suggest Western styles), one thing is for sure – it’s time to start thinking about outerwear. 

While it may be slightly too soon to start wearing winter coats, a tip from our fashion team is to invest in them early (aka between now and October) in order to get the best ones. One way to bridge the gap between the shift from summer through to autumn, though, is with a lightweight jacket. If, like the rest of us commuters you have a canvas bag attached to your arm at all times, it’s the perfect place to pack a jacket that you’ll undoubtedly put on and off multiple times throughout the day. But the big question is this: which one to go for? 

While there are many transitional jackets – from denim and leather, to utility style – there’s one detail that the best ones all seem to have in common this season: belts. In fact, it’s this writer’s humble opinion that the belted jacket is the stylish cover-up which will make you actually properly excited about chillier autumn days. With Ganni’s animal print iteration and Arket’s cord version in this season’s key hue, you’re bound to find one you want to wear on repeat. 

Real or faux, the street stylers have been teaming their leather belted jackets with shorts for a transitional look. The warmer fabric balances out the bare legs. Come autumn and through to winter you’ll want to switch to jeans and chunky style boots. It’s a look that’ll go the distance, according to our fashion team. 

Continue to shop the seven chicest belted jackets you can already shop. 

Shop belted jackets

  • Arket corduroy belted jacket

    Arket jacket
    Best belted jackets: Arket

    Cord was big news last year, and this year it’s back in a big way. 

    The thicker material is perfect for layering over lighter summery tops, and this minty hue will look so good with tan trousers and chunky boots. 

    Belted jacket, £89,

  • Low Classic belted wool-blend jacket

    Low classic jacket
    Best belted jacket: Low Classic

    Opt for a neutral shade jacket and you’re guaranteed to wear it so many times: the cost per wear will be pennies. This Low Classic, er, classic is a must-have if ever we saw one!

    Belted jacket, £460, Low Classic at net-a-porter

  • H&M jacket with a tie belt

    H&M jacket
    Best belted jackets: H&M

    Faux leather iterations are just as good as real this year. Look to H&M for their tan belted jacket that’ll end up replacing your leather biker.

    Wear with grey wash jeans or layer over a floaty floral midi dress with knee high boots. 

    Belted jacket, £39.99, H&M

  • Monki belted jacket

    Monki jacket
    Best belted jacket: Monki

    If in doubt, go for fail-safe black. This soft buttoned number will end up being your day time to after-dark essential. 

    Keep it chic with wide leg trousers and slip on mules. 

    Belted jacket, £40, Monki

  • Ganni oversize jacket

    Image of Ganni jacket
    Pay day buys: Ganni

    While buying a winter coat can wait a touch longer, transitional jackets are the way forward to bridge the gap. This animal print Ganni utility jacket will look just as good with your linen dresses you’re still hanging onto as it will with jeans and a vest top.

    Oversize jacket, £240, Ganni (

  • Zara belted jacket

    Zara jacket
    Best belted jackets: Zara

    Wave goodbye to your classic denim jacket, coloured denim will give your outfits a fresh new lift. 

    Powder pinks aren’t just for spring/summer, incorporate them into your autumn outfits by teaming with a burgundy roll neck and checked midi skirt.

    Belted jacket, £50, Zara

  • Victoria, Victoria Beckham belted stretch-jersey jacket

    Victoria Beckham jacket
    Best belted jackets: Victoria by Victoria Beckham

    Trust Victoria Beckham to create the chicest outerwear. The sleek material, zip pull and round belt is the attention to detail we expect.

    Wear with flared trousers, a la VB, and add heels and a tote bag for the ultimate work-wear look. 

    Belted jacket, £350, Victoria, Victoria Beckham

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