It’s Jacket Season—and I, For One, Am Thrilled


When I woke up this morning, bright-eyed and bushy-eyebrowed, tiny blue birds flitting around my head, this is what I did. I saw a blanket of grey clouds, felt a chilly breeze drift through the weird crack in my bedroom window, smiled to myself, and thought, It’s motherf**king jacket season. (With apologies to McSweeney’s.)

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Let me explain. A jacket is a hug. A jacket is an extra layer of fashionable expression. A jacket is a good thing to leave at your friend’s house so you get to go there again (sorry to the four people I’ve done this to in the last two weeks). Jackets are treasures of the garment world, and I am a devotee. Just think about it: Denim jackets! Leather jackets! Weird jackets that have three-quarter length sleeves and you can’t remember why you bought them! Capelets! Blazers! Things that are khaki but not really shirts! You have to admit, jackets have the range.

The Arrivals Faelke Leather Jacket

The Arrivals

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The Arrivals Fælke Zero Leather Jacket, $745; The Arrivals


There’s something soothing about the weather of Jacket Season—or, as the not-really-French call it, Jacquette Saison. For instance, today in New York City, it’s going to be a maximum of 60 degrees, with a low of 49. That’s a whole day—a full 24 hours—during which I’m not worried I’m going to sweat through my shirt or temporarily lose feeling in my fingers, at Mother Weather’s truly harsh whim. In a city where you spend three summer months stewing in your own dirty sweat, and three winter months wearing essentially a sleeping bag, any time you can just wear regular-ass clothes in pure comfort? Bliss.

But what do I know? I’m but a humble lover of jackets. What did my more fashionably astute colleagues think? Well, most shared my Jacket Enthusiasm. However, others find jackets confusing—or even sartorially stifling. (These people are wrong, but I work with them every day, so I will just have to deal with it.)

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Here are our thoughts on the wonder, the beauty, and the sheer utility of the glorious jacket.

What do the jacket lovers have to say?

Leah Chernikoff, Site Director: “First of all, I don’t understand people who are like: Summer is the best, summer is the only season, summer summer summer. When it’s summer, there’s nothing you can do about being too hot. You can be nearly naked and still be hot and miserable and stuck to a subway seat. But, hello colder weather! The options. The outfits! So many possibilities. And a MEDIUM TO LIGHT JACKET [sic] is the best kind. A big coat that must keep you warm from freezing weather can only look so cute. But the jacket you wear in 45–60 degree weather can be so many things. It can be a nice blazer. A denim jacket. A wrapped trench. You can live the dream of wearing an outfit-making coat.

Nikki Ogunnaike, Fashion Features Director: I have a few feelings on jackets. When I moved to New York ten years ago, I thought I needed a leather jacket because that was very “New York fashion editor” (and I also loved the Lindsay Lohan hoodie-under-leather-jacket look) but over the years I’ve come to realize I’m much more of a blazer person when it gets this cold. I’m particularly looking forward to wearing these two options from Zara. Additionally, now’s a wonderful season for a wine jacket. What’s that, you ask? Drink two glasses of your favorite Pinot and boom, an invisible coat.

Courtesy of Zara

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Zara Checkered Double Breasted Blazer, $129; SHOP

Courtesy of Zara

Zara Checked Blazer with Darts, $149; SHOP

Mariel Tyler, Photo Editor: I hail from The Land (Cleveland), so I know the importance of jacket season. It’s the last chance to dress well before warmth trumps style! I love that you can basically look disheveled, but put on the right jacket…et voilà, fashun. I can’t tell you how many light-to-mediumweight jackets my sister has stopped me from buying because she says I (we?) already have one like that. But they are simply the best type of outerwear. I’m currently looking into a heavier stylish option for winter, and came across this shearling biker jacket from All Saints. It is beautiful—I have no words, other than “Save up, Mariel, save up.” So stylish! So warm! Get you a jacket that can do both, and your outfit is made.

All Saints shearling jacket

All Saints

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All Saints Hawley Oversized Shearling Biker Jacket, $1815;


But jackets aren’t easy.

Julie Schott, Beauty Director: I don’t know how to use jackets responsibly. Things escalated from no jacket to shearling too quickly this fall. [Editor’s note: Julie is wearing a shearling jacket at the office today.] If I had it to do over, there would’ve been denim followed by leather, followed by sweaters layered under the former. But I’ll just be honest—this morning I wore a puffer over a T-shirt, which shows poor judgement.

Here’s what the jacket haters think.

Chloe Hall, Beauty Producer: I’m not a big fan of jackets, but maybe it’s because I haven’t mastered how to style one yet. I prefer dresses over pants, and I always feel like jackets hide the lewk I’m going for. If I must, I grab my boyfriend’s Levi’s trucker jacket. It doesn’t outshine my other pieces and provides a laid-back edge to a feminine dress.


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The Trucker Jacket, $90; Levi’s


Alyssa Bailey, Associate News Editor: Fun dies when jackets come out, because there is no greater misery than knowing it is cold, and that you will forever be wearing layers that will cover your cute outfit underneath. (Although I hate tights more passionately than jackets.) My J. Crew coats are cute and colorful, but jackets are sadder than coats. Coats are elegant. Jackets are, like, junior coats.


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