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The 9 Best Lightweight Fall Jackets for Travelers

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We love idyllic fall days—those colorful leaf backdrops, crisp temperatures perfect for walking, and plenty of sunshine. What we hate is packing bulky jackets to prepare for those not-so-hot fall weather interludes (think: rain, clouds, and cold nights). We’ve rounded up the best lightweight jackets that pack easily and travel well to keep you warm and dry on all types of autumn days.

Levi’s Shirt Jacket

Model showing the front and back of the Levi’s Shirt Jacket
Nordstrom Rack

Need a little extra warmth but don’t want to ruin your outfit with a traditional jacket? The Levi’s Shirt Jacket is meant to look like a stylish work shirt on the outside, but with a faux fur lining and attached hood that will keep you warm through any fall weather. Multiple pockets are big enough to hold everything from boarding passes to passports.

Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket

Front and back of the Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket in yellow
showers pass

Whether you’re commuting to work or taking a rental bike around a foreign city, the Elite 2.1 Jacket by Showers Pass will keep you (and your stuff—there are plenty of pockets, including one with an audio port) dry and protected from the wind. Working up a sweat? This coat (available for men and women) has seven venting options to cool you down. And you’ll stay safe with the 3M reflective trim that keeps you visible from all angles.

North Face Apex Bionic 2 Jacket

Men's and women's option for the North Face Apex Bionic 2 jacket
Amazon

Headed out for a fall hike? The North Face Apex Bionic soft-shell jacket is your perfect outer layer. Its WindWall protection shields against cold and wind, and the interior lining keeps you cozy underneath. It is also water-resistant in case of unexpected showers, comes in a variety of colors, and is available in men’s and women’s versions.

Patagonia Lined Maple Grove Canvas Jacket

Model wearing the Patagonia Lined Maple Grove Canvas Jacket in green (left) and a close up of the same jacket laid flat (right)
Patagonia

Looking for something a little more durable to protect you on your travels? The Patagonia Maple Grove Canvas Jacket won’t let you down. This heavy-duty jacket is made from organic cotton canvas and lined with polyester fleece. The internal zippered left-chest pocket keeps your phone and keys secured.

Via Spiga Women’s Single-Breasted Pleated Trench Coat

Model showing the front and back of Via Spiga Women’s Single-Breasted Pleated Trench Coat in tan
Amazon

Whether you’re sightseeing on a crisp fall afternoon or stuck in a rainstorm, the Via Spiga Pleated Trench Coat is sure to keep you warm and dry. With its detachable hood, this water-resistant trench—made from cotton and polyester—functions as both a rain jacket and an everyday coat. It fits true to size, comes with a full interior lining and exterior pockets, and has a stylish belt detail and a skirted bottom to give you a flattering, feminine look.

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

Model wearing the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket in blue (left) and close up of the same jacket (right)
Patagonia

When the weather has warmed up and you no longer need your coat, there’s nothing more annoying than having to carry it around for hours. For times like these, Patagonia’s Nano Puff jacket is the perfect solution. This ultra-condensable puffer coat can be compressed down and folded up into its own pocket, so you can pack it up and toss it in your tote or carry-on when you don’t need it. Sporty and slim fitting, this hip-length coat looks great with everything from jeans and boots to leggings and sneakers.

London Fog Men’s Iconic Trench Coat

Model showing the front and back of London Fog Men’s Iconic Trench Coat in black
Macy's

Whether you’re heading out to dinner with friends or traveling on business, London Fog’s Iconic Trench Coat will keep you warm and looking polished. This classic, military-style trench comes with a removable wool collar for extra warmth. Pair it with layers, jeans, and a scarf, and you’ll be ready for the day.

Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Jacket

Model showing the front and back of Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Jacket in blue
Amazon

Going for a casual, everyday look? The Patagonia Sweater Weather 1/2 Zip (available for men and women) is the perfect staple for your fall wardrobe. The Sweater Weather has a slender fit and is made from comfortable fleece, so it functions as a lightweight jacket or as a warm layer under a heavier coat.

Athleta Moto Jacket

Model showing the front and back of the Athleta Moto Jacket in dusty purple
Athleta

As we transition from summer to fall, the cool weather doesn’t always set in right away. But with the Athleta Moto Jacket, you can count on being comfortable no matter what the conditions are. This lightweight and durable jacket is made from organic cotton and recycled polyester, with a bit of spandex for added stretch. The sleek silhouette is an easy way to elevate a basic outfit.

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