The 7 Biggest Outerwear Trends for Fall

Whether you like it or not, it's almost October, and you're going to need a coat soon. To soften the blow of that reality, there's an abundance of cute options to choose from this year. And to soften the blow even more, let us remind you that cool outerwear makes whatever outfit you're wearing instantly more stylish (sans effort). 

To ensure that you're fully prepared for coat season, we scoured the F/W 16 runways and recent street style looks to narrow it down to the seven most important outerwear trends of the season, along with our favorite examples to shop of each, naturally. Depending on your climate, you may want to choose one of the more practical options like a puffer or one of the more mild-weather-appropriate options like a cape. The options abound, so pick your poison. 

Keep reading to check out the biggest outerwear trends of the year and shop our picks for each.

Military outerwear trend.



Shop military coats:

We love the touch of sunny shearling on this eye-catching option.

Wear this with everything from denim to slip dresses. 

Prediction: Tibi fan Olivia Palermo will wear this. 

Puffer outerwear trend.


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Shop puffy coats:

Dreary winter days call for this crimson coat.

Bonus: This chic option is water-resistant. 

Throw it back to the '70s via Isabel Marant. 

Duster outerwear trend.


Hugo Boss

Shop duster coats:

The coolest way to wear this menswear-inspired style? Over a feminine dress.

Pink outerwear trend



Shop pink coats:

Fashion girls will surely covet this Sandy Liang beauty.

We're patiently waiting for Reiss fan Kate Middleton to wear this feminine coat. 

Gucci is largely to thank for the pink trend. 

Fuzzy coat outerwear trend.



Shop fuzzy coats:

We'd happily resemble a teddy bear in this. 

Fuzzy and military-inspired in one? We'll take it! 

Animal print outerwear trend.


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Shop animal-print coats:

It's not surprising that this cozy coat is quickly selling out. 

Cape outerwear trend.



Shop cape coats:

You can't go wrong with camel! 

This is perfect for transitional weather. 

This feels much more elegant than a traditional coat. 

What type of outerwear are you shopping for this fall? Tell us in the comments below! 

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