Fall outerwear report

Sep 16, 2011 at 11:33 a.m. ET

It may not be cold yet, but it will be, and when the temperature drops, we want you to be prepared. From capes to swing coats to pea jackets, we've pulled together some of the most stylish coats of the season so far that are sure to get you excited for cooler weather. Read on for seven swoon-worthy ways to beat the chill this fall.

1Hooded poncho

Not all ponchos are created equal – some should never see the light of day let alone be worn, but we've come across one worth showing off. This hooded houndstooth poncho (Shopbop.com, $130) is sure to turn heads – in a good way. We love the cozy hood and on-trend pattern plus the fact it's a unique way to stay warm when summer makes its exit.

hooded houndstooth poncho

2Swing coat

1960s style is out in full force with this eye-catching swing coat in a gorgeous shade of soft yellow (Anthropologie, $168). The adorable bell-shaped coat features three-quarter sleeves, a button front and a cute collar that ties up into an ascot. The cheerful hue and vintage vibe make this a fun and flirty addition to your fall wardrobe.

Swing coat

3Townhouse trench

We are in love with this sophisticated double-breasted trench with a fitted, feminine silhouette (J. Crew, $350). Elegant and perfectly polished, this is a coat that gets noticed. Wearing it will give your look an air of refinement with its chic, urban design. We're partial to the classic caramel hue, but this coat also comes in red, mustard yellow, black, deep purple and off-white.

Townhouse trench


This chic and stylish capelet (Nordstrom, $148) falls somewhere between a jacket and a cape and offers a polished and comfortable way to stay warm as we transition into cooler temperatures. We can see this pretty piece pairing well with slim fitting black trousers, round toe pumps and a splash of bold color in the form of a bright bag or eye-catching cuff.


5Striped jacket

Stripes may have been a summer staple, but we're not planning on giving up on this hot-weather trend that easily. In fact, we knew the love affair was meant to go on a bit longer when we laid eyes on this black and gray striped jacket (Revolve Clothing, $70). The cute, casual piece makes it easy to transition into fall in style – while carrying a small part of summer with you.

Striped jacket

6Empire waist coat

We were immediately drawn to this pale grey DKNY coat with an empire waist with ribbed collar and cuffs (Bluefly.com, $208). The appeal is in the simple yet elegant design, and the fact this comfortably chic coat is fully lined to keep out the chill. This is a great all-purpose coat for the days you need to stay warm – and look great.

Empire waist coat

7Short wool jacket

Somewhere between a blazer and a coat, this cute wool jacket in a pale shade of green is perfect for days when you don't want to bundle up too much (Piperlime, $78). The color – called clover – is the first thing that caught our eye, but we're also pretty pleased about the flattering, slightly fitted silhouette and the fact this coat will look great dressed either up or down.

Short wool jacket

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