Jacket, Required

When you don't want to be too hot, or too cold—a lightweight jacket is the answer. Here are the best ones to get now.

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Does this sound familiar? The forecast says 80 degrees and sunny, so you head out for the day in your new favorite denim cut-offs and an equally cute Breton stripe tee. Temperature wise, you are feeling great, even with the cool breeze in the air. Flash forward to early evening when the sun has gone down. Suddenly, your shorts and short-sleeves aren't cutting it. You wish you brought a lightweight jacket. We've all been there—and every time it happens we can hear our mother's voice loud and clear telling us that we should have brought a jacket for later. Luckily, there are tons of options worth investing in, whether you prefer a denim situation or a sporty anorak. Shop our picks below.

A sporty anorak outside Calvin Klein, during Milan Fashion Week fall/winter 2016 . Photograph courtesy of Melodie Jeng/Getty Images
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Good Sport

A sporty anorak in a weatherproof technical fabric is the perfect way to add a pop of color or pattern to your look.

Reflective Print Wrap Back Jacket by Ivy Park, $220, topshop.com
Tech-Knit Striped Jacket, $250, torysport.com
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Pole Position Jacket by P.E Nation, $187, mytheresa.com.
Irene Kim in Chloé, during Paris Fashion Week fall/winter 2016. Photograph courtesy of Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Fly Girl

There is no doubt that the bomber jacket is having a moment. As seen on the runway at Chloé, Tommy Hilfiger, and Gucci, this is one topper you will want to wear all year round. 

Camouflage Bomber Jacket, $70, zara.com
Deco Palm Slouchy Blouson, $750, coach.com
Bacary Varsity-Style Two-Tone Satin Jacket, $325, us.maje.com.
Models Iman Hammam and Vanessa Moody are a leather jacket duo during London Fashion Week spring/summer 2016. Photograph courtesy of Melodie Jeng/Getty Images
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Hello, Moto

Everyone needs a leather jacket—it's a wardrobe essential. Sure, some come with a bank-breaking price tag, but it's worth investing in a classic piece that—if you look after it—you will have forever.

Faux Leather Badge Jacket, $129, zara.com
Washed Leather Jacket, $895, rebeccataylor.com
Ventura Jacket, $1,335, sandro-paris.com.
Blogger Chiara Ferragni in Gucci while in Los Angeles. Photograph courtesy of Timur Emek /Getty Images

Blue Jean Baby

We have Levi Strauss to thank for the denim jacket, which first originated in the 1800s. Now they come in all iterations, from those that are motorcycle style to ones that are patched to perfection. The patches on Topshop's oversized number have us pining for a cool breeze. 

Point Sur Workwear Denim Jacket, $298, jcrew.com
Stonewash Denim Biker Jacket by Marques' Almeida, $655, matchesfashion.com
Oversized Badged Jacket, $95, topshop.com
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