With the right fall jacket, there’s no telling where you can go or how you can style it — we mean that sincerely. Our list of the best men’s lightweight jackets for fall check all the right boxes, and ideally round out your fall outerwear collection with style and functionality. What does that entail, exactly? Well, a lightweight jacket is designed to move with you, not against (think easy layering potential).
They’re also pleasingly rugged and classic in nature — not overly flashy or ostentatious. And you’ll find that the best jackets for the best season in menswear are often made to be worn to the office, on your commute or on the weekend — that’s that versatility we called out earlier. Wear it with a henley and tough chore pants, or pair up any one of these jackets with a chambray shirt and expertly faded denim — there’s no wrong way to go, that much is true.
You’ll also find that these jackets come from classic brands you know and love, from Filson to Taylor Stitch. With sustainability and style in mind, plus valuable layering potential and serious style points, you’ve just found at least one of your new favorite jackets.
Relwen Quilted Tanker
When you want a jacket that just doesn’t quit, a jacket with a tailored fit and yet classic heritage, you want a jacket from Relwen. As sold by our friends at Huckberry — the team that knows a thing or two about tough outerwear — the Quilted Tanker is a remarkable fall jacket, made with a box-quilted lining for added warmth and featuring exceptionally tough fabric. When the time comes to take on fall’s worst weather, reach for the Relwen Quilted Tanker (and then be glad you did).
Taylor Stitch Bomber Jacket in Washed Slate Herringbone
If ever you doubted the ability of the team at Taylor Stitch to churn out reliable, authentic, truly excellent style staples, doubt no more — the Bomber Jacket in Washed Slate Herringbone is as good of an example of a perfect fall jacket as we’ve seen. It starts with the tailored fit and lightweight, 100 percent organic cotton, and it ends with a custom antique brass zipper and YKK snaps for excellent versatility. It’s essentially the perfect Taylor Stitch jacket to layer over your favorite shirt from that same brand, easily.
Filson Ultralight Jacket
We absolutely love Filson’s tough, smartly designed, functionally minded shirt jackets and warm flannel shirts — but what about when you need something lighter and more transitional in nature? Enter the aptly named, well-crafted Filson Ultralight Jacket, a tough-as-nails insulated jacket made from Cordura ripstop nylon with Primaloft insulation to round things out for good measure. Wear the sleek black colorway out to the trail or through the city without missing a beat or needing a change of outerwear.
Grayers Geneva Windbreaker
The best lightweight jackets for fall are optimal for channeling classic, go-anywhere style. Take the Geneva Windbreaker from Grayers. It calls to mind the type of jacket someone like Bond or McQueen might wear, with a slim fit and easy-to-layer style potential. Pair it with a white Oxford shirt, tan chinos and leather Wallabee Boots (to be specific) for a look that’s timeless and essential for Sunday brunch or the office in equal measure. Plus, it’s affordably priced considering all the wear you’ll get out of it.
Buck Mason Oil Cloth Bomber
There are certain jackets you shouldn’t have to worry about when it comes to throwing one on and hitting the road. By that, we mean you shouldn’t have to worry if your lightweight jacket can stand up to some fall weather while looking stylish. Now, thanks to the Buck Mason Oil Cloth Bomber, you can put those fears to rest. This classic bomber jacket, in addition to featuring a versatile, military-inspired Sergeant colorway, is made from a waxed cotton-poly blend designed to resist water and keep you moving forward in style.
Vuori Ripstop Jacket
Here just in time to serve as the perfect transitional layer atop everything from a classic pocket tee to a rugged henley, the Vuori Ripstop Jacket represents the next level in fall outerwear innovation. That’s because Vuori took its ripstop fabric and translated it into an easy-to-wear, rugged-yet-versatile buttondown jacket with front button chest pockets and side hip pockets for your everyday carry essentials. Consider it the perfect travel jacket for fall, no doubt about it.
Wellen Double Cloth Chore Coat
When the good folks at Wellen shift seasons and start releasing some of the best lightweight jackets and gear for fall, we always perk right up and start paying attention. Such is the case with the Wellen Double Cloth Chore Coat, one of the coolest jackets for all kinds of transitional style moves. Made from richly crafted, 100 percent organic cotton in a flattering navy colorway, even the buttons are made from recycled plastic — this is a sustainable and stylish jacket you can feel great about wearing.
Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket in Indigo Boss Duck
The Taylor Stitch Long Haul Jacket is the stuff of legend, at least in our wardrobes and our hearts — and soon, it can be yours for all kinds of fall adventures. Consider it an updated take on the trucker jacket, built with durable hardware and now available in the brand’s Boss Duck fabric. In fact, this rough-and-tumble jacket is made from a blend of hemp, recycled polyester, organic cotton and spandex. It’s both one of the coolest and more sustainable jackets we’ve seen in some time, which is precisely why it’s one of the best lightweight jackets for fall.
Patagonia Lightweight All-Wear Hemp Coaches Jacket
When it comes time to pick up your new favorite jacket for grab-and-go fall layering, consider the All-Wear Hemp Coaches Jacket from Patagonia. So much more than your old-school coaches jacket, it’s a modern take on the classic style — with the specs to prove it. Organic cotton and hemp, finished with an anti-pilling treatment, make this jacket durable and rugged. It’s fit for all kinds of fall style situations, from a day hike to an auto road trip, perhaps capped off with a cold beer and a burger. If that sounds like your idea of fun, and your idea of a cool jacket, then go ahead and get this one.
Outerknown Viento Breaker
Color us continually impressed by Outerknown’s commitment to stylish, sustainable menswear that doesn’t miss a beat in terms of trends, construction or fabrication. The Viento Breaker, made with contrasting organic cotton and a main body of recycled polyester, is a stylish adventure jacket to wear atop an Outerknown henley or one of the brand’s Blanket Shirts for perfect fall style.
Proof Duffel Bomber Jacket
If you’ve had the good fortune to try out, say, the rugged Proof Rover Pants or one of Proof’s travel-friendly merino T-shirts, you know the brand checks all the right boxes in terms of quality, affordability and functionality. To properly top off your Proof-centric ensemble, get the versatile and classic Proof Duffel Bomber Jacket — it’s not too heavy or too light … it’s just right.
Rhone Lightweight Commuter Shell
There are plenty of days where your commute or your morning bike ride might take an unexpected detour as a result of weather. Getting caught unprepared is another matter entirely, but that’s where the Rhone Lightweight Commuter Shell can help solve your woes. Made for style and functionality on the go, it’s a no-fuss lightweight jacket that looks great and takes on the weather, too.
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