15 Chic Lightweight Fall Jackets For Mastering In-Between Season Style

Back-to-school season doesn't simply apply to adolescents and their parents; in fact Labor Day marks the end of the lazy, hazy crazy days of summer for adults as well. However, instead of shopping for Converse All Star Sneakers and snazzy pencil cases, post-grads are searching for transitional clothing to suit September's flurry of activity. No single item is more difficult to master during the dog days of an Indian summer than a jacket thick enough to ward off a crisp fall chill yet sufficiently lightweight in case of an unforeseen heatwave. If your thick knits are still tucked away and your gossamer summer sweaters suddenly seem inadequate in the face of fall weather, snap up one of these 15 alluring, lightweight jackets instead.

Caslon Drape Collar Leather Jacket

A trendy blush hue and relaxed fit lend Caslon’s Drape Collar Leather Jacket pretty panache.

Caslon Drape Collar Leather Jacket, $218.90, shop.nordstrom.com

Blank Denim Motorcycle Jacket

With its luxe, quilted detailing and studded metallic accents, Blank Denim’s Motorcycle Jacket is both modern and timeless.

Blank Denim Motorcycle Jacket, $59.20, shopbop.com

a.c.e. Sunny Cropped Jacket

If your denim jacket is looking a bit worn around the edges, toss it in favor of a.c.e.’s delightful Sunny Cropped Jacket.

a.c.e. Sunny Cropped Jacket, $129.60, shopbop.com

cupcakes and cashmere Market Jacket

Channel your inner fashion blogger by taking cupcakes and cashmere’s Market Jacket for a test drive this fall.

cupcakes and cashmere Market Jacket, $145, shopbop.com

Free People Solid Knit Mixed Cargo Jacket

No closet is complete without a utilitarian, army-green anorak, and Free People’s Solid Knit Mixed Cargo Jacket offers a more rugged interpretation of the classic.

Free People Solid Knit Mixed Cargo Jacket, $198, freepeople.com

Boohoo Basics Jackie Crop Edge To Edge Jacket In Black

Boohoo Basics’ Jackie Crop Edge To Edge Jacket is equally appropriate for work or cocktails thanks to its neutral hue and streamlined design.

Boohoo Basics Jackie Crop Edge To Edge Jacket In Black, $16, boohoo.com

Madewell Fleet Jacket

With its no-nonsense design and slightly oversized fit, Madewell’s Fleet Jacket may become your go-to autumn apparel for casual occasions.

Madewell Fleet Jacket, $118, madewell.com

J.Crew Shiny Downtown Field Puffer

When you crave a bit more warmth than your denim topper can provide, reach for the classic, quilted J.Crew Shiny Downtown Field Puffer in rich navy blue.

J.Crew Shiny Downtown Field Puffer, $178, jcrew.com

W118 By Walter Baker Macy Mesh-Paneled Cady Jacket

Whether you’re hopping off the bike at SoulCycle or heading into work, W118 By Walter Baker’s Macy Mesh-Paneled Cady Jacket is athleisure perfection.

W118 By Walter Baker Macy Mesh-Paneled Cady Jacket, $100.32, theoutnet.com

Joie Nalah B Boucle Knit Jacket

The ’70s trend rages on for autumn 2015, so if you haven’t yet dipped a toe into the trend, now is the time. Joie’s Nalah B Boucle Knit Jacket offers cozy warmth in a fashionable, fringed package.

Joie Nalah B Boucle Knit Jacket, $298, bergdorfgoodman.com

Alice & You Denim Jacket

If you find dark wash denim irresistible, opt for an indigo jean jacket this season to keep the biting autumn weather at bay.

Alice & You Denim Jacket, $66, us.asos.com

Lovers + Friends Mantra Geometric-Print Jacket

If pattern is what you crave, opt for this cropped jacket. It pairs perfectly with high waisted flares.

Lovers + Friends Mantra Geometric-Print Jacket, $180, neimanmarcus.com

Joie Jacolyn Tile Jacquard Tweed Jacket

Get graphic with Joie’s prim black and white Jacolyn Tile Jacquard Tweed Jacket.

Joie Jacolyn Tile Jacquard Tweed Jacket, $298, bergdorfgoodman.com

Reclaimed Vintage Short Kimono Jacket With Button Front Detail In Jacquard Floral

Equal parts chinoiserie and vintage allure, Reclaimed Vintage’s Short Kimono Jacket offers a pop of pattern for adventurous fashionistas.

Reclaimed Vintage Short Kimono Jacket With Button Front Detail In Jacquard Floral, $90, us.asos.com

Torrid Ruched Sleeve Blazer

Your love affair with pastels need not end the moment summer does. Enter autumn in style sporting Torrid’s Ruched Sleeve Blazer.

Torrid Ruched Sleeve Blazer, $54.50, torrid.com