Before you start living your autumnal truth — crunching through leaves, mashing up erstwhile jack-o’-lanterns into pie, leaving behind August’s PSLs for spiced cider and hot chocolate — there’s the little matter of keeping your corporal being warm. We know, we know, at the moment global warming has made it such that autumn temperatures, let alone winter, don’t seem to be coming. The degrees will inevitably drop, however, and, to quote another adage, the early bird gets the worm, so now’s the time to shop around for affordable autumn outerwear (say that three times fast).
Come late December, we’ll be tucked away in heavy-duty puffers and parkas. For the next six weeks, though, we get to actually have fun with our fall jackets and coats. But because we predict this sweet spot will be just as fleeting as, say, the patent trend, why drop serious (insert seasonal flavor here) bread on fall outerwear?
There are many upsides to spending less than $300 on a midseason coat (apart from the obvious). For one, you’ll feel less silly trying out your favorite of-the-moment look (shiny trenches, here we come). Secondly, you can, if you wish, purchase three to four fall coats for the price of one designer dud, then rotate your heart out before you’re stuck with Mr. Bulky Practical Winter Coat until the spring thaw.
Here, we’ve rounded up 32 of the absolute best fall jackets and coats in a range of styles and price points — all under $300. Happy guilt-free shopping.