A jacket—a.k.a. the "third piece" in stylist-speak—can offer the perfect amount of warmth and style to any look. So in a sea of options, we have fished out the five must-have jackets everyone should own.
Army jackets remain cool and easy from season to season and from trend to trend. Choose one that feels super familiar and classic, ideally with oversized pockets and in a soft, worn-in twill fabric. Army green is our favorite, and one with a slightly oversized proportion can be thrown over anything to make your look feel very urban warrior.
This third piece offers structure and chicness, and works particularly well for the office or even on a date. Whether it's slightly slim or oversized, your blazer should be narrow in the shoulders and straight through the body. Black is best, but a navy or dark gray blazer can be just as versatile.
Everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Kate Moss has worn a jean jacket, and you should definitely own this classic American piece, too. The key here is indeed, "classic." That means: go for either a medium or dark wash with no bells or whistles. It should fit nicely through the shoulders, hit right at or above the waist, and the arms shouldn't be too roomy. The jean jacket gets better with age, and works with everything from dresses to tees, or as part of a head-to-toe denim look.
In sharp contrast with our other slightly masculine-influenced jacket staples, we suggest you own a very ladylike jacket in the spirit of Coco Chanel. Think: boxy and collarless, perhaps with square patch pockets, gold buttons, or in a boucle or tweed. While we love this jacket worn with feminine pieces, like a pleated skirt and blouse, it looks super cool paired with a rocker tee and leather leggings, too.
Every girl's wardrobe needs a little edginess. A biker or motorcycle jacket, particularly a traditional black leather version, makes every outfit feel styled. Opt for one that is slightly shrunken and layer over anything from long floral maxi dresses to oversized cashmere sweaters.