When it's too cold for a sweater but not cold enough for a heavy coat, the jacket is just right. It keeps you protected from wind, rain and chilly temperatures. This season’s crop of jackets include trendy prints, contrasting sleeves and classics like the trench. They’re bulk-free, which makes them ideal for layering over your favorite sweater or scarf for additional warmth. If you need a change from your jean jacket or worn-out leather, here are five picks for fall’s hottest jackets. 

For the Refined

H&M Jacket in Wool Blend ($61, hm.com)

When a classic double breast and trendy faux leather sleeves mix, you’re presented with the best of both worlds. It’s a dressier alternative to a bomber and a nice update to the peacoat. The wool blend is substantial enough to keep you warm through the early days of winter.

For the On the Go Man

H.E. by Mango Peccary Bomber Jacket ($120, amazon.com)

Jackets that have a worn-in look usually require years of wear, but you can skip the lengthy process and cop this leather bomber. Details like epaulettes, exposed zippers and elbow patches add serious character. The burnt caramel hue makes it wearable for day to night and work to weekend.

For the Trendsetter

Topman Multi Galactic Print Jacket ($90, topman.com)

On the days when the wind or rain just won’t quit, keep the chill away with a galaxy-print hooded windbreaker. Prints are still going strong, and this intergalactic pattern tends to get overlooked compared to plaid or stripes. Layer a chunky knit sweater underneath and opt for a neutral pant, or go for a bright chino like magenta or aqua.

For the Casual Guy

H&M Jacket with Sweatshirt Hood ($50, hm.com)

Another contrasting sleeve option, but this one is all about keeping it effortlessly fly. It’s a perfect option if you’re too grown for an oversized hoodie. A pair of dark denim and clean Chucks complete the look.

For the Professional

Jos A. Bank Traveler Trench Topcoat ($138, josbank.com)

A trench will never go out of style, so it’s well worth the price tag. The jet black, tailored cut can give any outfit an instant upgrade. And this is an instance where fashion meets function, as the nanotechnology makes it water- and stain-resistant, so you’ll have no problem keeping it looking fresh.

—Patrice J. Williams

Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and on-air style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She has appeared on the Today Show, Nate Berkus Show and WE tv where she dishes on fashionable solutions for those who want to look their best without maxing out their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow Patrice on Twitter and Instagram for daily fashion updates.