Meet the transitional jackets that’ll solve every weather worry

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Harriet Davey
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They’re the jacket styles that look just as good for summer as they will through to autumn – from vegan leather to updated denim…

It’s officially September and with the change in months has come a change in the weather too. All we’re talking about in the Stylist office is our transitional wardrobe - are we still in a heatwave? Will our sandals get soaked in an impending downpour? Nobody knows. 

What we do know, though, is that in true Brit style we will always, always, always pack an umbrella and sunglasses. Most important of all? That ‘just in case’ jacket.

While it’s too early to reach for coats (although new styles are starting to drop online already, FYI) a transitional jacket is the answer to any weather worry. The fashion team has deciphered the styles that not only tick off the trends, but are also lightweight enough to cross from summer into autumn

From the shirt and jacket hybrid (aka the shacket) seen all over Topshop and New Look, to the updated denim and vegan leather styles from The Row and Alexachung, these are the best jacket to go for while we all try and figure out which month/season we’re in!

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The shacket

The hybrid between the shirt and the jacket – it’s the one to throw on anytime and look instantly stylish. 

  • Topshop rust belted shacket

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    Best jackets: Topshop

    Whether you wear it done up as a shirt or open as a jacket, it’s the in-between style that’ll work just as well in summer, as it will in autumn. 

    Team with off-white jeans and fresh kicks for an effortless daytime look. 

    £65, Topshop

  • New Look curves khaki pocket utility shacket

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    Best jackets: New Look

    Jackets tie in with the utility trend that’s been present throughout 2019. Go for multi-pockets, belt details and neutral hues like khaki, beige and brown. 

    This jacket is available in the mainline collection in sizes 6-18, the curve section in sizes 18-32, and a shorter style in petite – it’s the style that’ll literally suit everyone!

    £32.99, New Look

The blazer

It’s the fail-safe cover-up that’ll never date, looks chic at all times and works for any occasion. 

  • Totême double-breasted stretch cotton and linen-blend blazer

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    Best jackets: Totême

    Go for a tone that’ll be a timeless addition to your wardrobe. Opting for soft shades or neutrals are best, just like this flecked blue Totême style. 

    Lighter fabrics like a cotton and linen blend will make sure they work across all seasons. 

    £555, Totême

  • & Other Stories oversized blazer

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    Best jackets: & Other Stories

    Pastel shades aren’t just for the warmer months: this perfect pink will also work with rich autumnal hues. 

    Layer it over a slip dress and we guarantee you’ll care less about keeping warm, and more about the instant style points!

    £89, & Other Stories

The vegan leather jacket

More and more brands are touting vegan leather as an ethical alternative to real leather. Here are some of our favourites…

  • ALEXACHUNG snake-effect faux leather jacket

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    Best jackets: Alexachung

    Any animal print goes this year, so reach for this Alexa Chung jacket-of-dreams and you won’t be disappointed. 

    Whether you style with a midi skirt and mules or a clashing print mini, it’ll work around the clock. It’s also cruelty-free leather – win win. 

    £418, ALEXACHUNG

  • House of Sunny vegan leather retro blazer

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    Best jackets: House of Sunny

    Forget the usual biker aesthetic: this year, leather jackets have been given an update. This blazer style from East London born brand, House of Sunny is the buttery soft vegan iteration to go for. 

    Pair with dark blue denim and chunky sandals to keep the retro vibe. Note: it also comes in lemon too. 

    £115, House of Sunny

The updated denim jacket

Whether you go for oversized, longline or coloured, this year is all about updating the classic denim jacket. 

  • The Row hermia oversized denim jacket

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    Best jackets: The Row

    Instead of the usual button-down style, opt for a zip – the simple detail swap instantly updates the classic jacket. 

    Add to this the longer line style and you get a whole new fresh look. Go for double denim with jeans and trainers, or add over a midi dress.

    £840, The Row 

  • Weekday dual ecru denim jacket

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    Best jackets: Weekday

    Sorbet shades are a winner when it comes to denim, and this sleek style will go with any outfit, no matter the weather.

    Forget the cropped Bewitched denim jacket styles of the 90s, though, because it’s all about being over-sized. This one is already designed to be oversize, but you can grab more fitted styles in a couple of sizes bigger to get the look.

    £55, Weekday

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