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The Fall Outerwear Edit.

By: Jen Shoop

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A few of my favorite transitional coats for the season ahead, starting with this spectacular reversible (!) quilted puffer from Veronica Beard. I saw it and swooned. I love everything about it, from the bracelet sleeves to the puffed shoulders to the whipstitch trim to the colors! I am telling you — you will not regret a statement jacket. I know it goes against reason (e.g., shouldn’t I buy something that goes with everything?!), but I find I get the most bang for my buck out of a coat I love and am excited to wear. It acts like the anchor for my wardrobe. And think about it — your coat is the single-most-seen article of clothing that you wear in the winter. I always get compliments on a bold color or funky shape! So I was thrilled not only by the unusual proportions but bold red color of the interior.

You can see my styling it below with both sides, paired with this mixed media sweater (the shirting part is built in!), which is somehow on sale from $448 to $134, plus extra 15% off with code BYESUMMER (!!!), and my new SLVRLAKE Grace jeans. The bag is Paris64.

veronica beard leal jacket

If the sleeves are too much for you but you like the vibe, try their Fenton option. It’s more tailored and I love the navy trim against the olive.

My top rec for an affordable jacket in this vein is Everlane’s quilted liner. I own a past-season version of this coat (I think I got it around 2019) in a golden-brown hue and wear it EVERY YEAR. It has a perfect weight and I like the length — long enough to cover the rear, but still casual. My mom owns it in the longer length and wears it a lot in the winter — it’s very chic, too.

best fall transitional coats





Not seen above but two other options under $200 worth considering: 1) this Bernardo, which is sort of a Swiss Army Knife of coats. It’s water-resistant, has a hood, can be layered over a sweater or worn over a tee. I feel like it’d get you through MOST weather situations between the months of September and December, or whenever it gets really cold where you are. And 2) This Athleta, which seems to me like the perfect sporty top layer if you’re more of an athleisure girl / get in a lot of fitness classes. I love the curved hem in the rear — so interesting and architectural.

P.S. Fun flats and boots for fall.

P.P.S. When was the last time you felt truly happy?

P.P.P.S. The sun still rises.

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4 thoughts on “The Fall Outerwear Edit.

  1. Any thoughts on a fun yet classic trench coat?
    Someone special to me is turning 40 in 11 days!!!

    Thank you so much!

  2. The reversible Veronica Beard is to die for!!! I also heard that red is the new color for this fall season but it’s not a color I usually gravitate toward outside of the holidays — this is a fun way to get a pop of the new ‘it” color!

    1. Yes!! Agree!! It’s SO good. And then you can tone down by wearing the other side when you want a more neutral look.


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