Though we’re currently trudging our way through the dog days of summer, it’s already time to start thinking about fall (Labor Day is literally weeks away). And while we’re not exactly excited to layer up quite yet, the prospect of crisp winds and autumn colors is exciting enough to get us through the final days of this stifling heatwave. After all, there’s a reason we call September “the January of fashion.” Rife with textured plaids, chunky knits and layering galore, we’re about ready to ditch our skimpier heatwave-approved looks in favor of some extra pieces to play with.
In celebration of the season to come, we’re rounding up the best lightweight jackets that are about to become your ultimate wardrobe essentials for the new season. Whether you’re a casual denim trucker girl, on the hunt for that perfect leather jacket or want something a little more head-turning, these are the pieces for you. Below, find the only five jackets you need this fall—for every budget and aesthetic.