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What to Wear to Fashion Week: Statement Jackets

Fashion Week bomber jacket

A sure way to get noticed at Fashion Week is to sport a stylish, attention-grabbing jacket. Outside the shows, outerwear serves as a quick signal to the paparazzi on where to aim their lenses. And it’s not just during the spring shows, which take place in the cooler winter months, that an outer layer becomes a fashion essential: during all fashion seasons a jacket is a key investment piece for upgrading your wardrobe. After all, you can wear it daily with a lot of visibility, but it doesn’t have to determine what goes on underneath.

Fashion Week jackets
There are a few jacket silhouettes that have dominated the street-style scene in recent Fashion Months. As with all great wardrobe pieces, how each construction is worn and interpreted remains very much up to the individual. Here are some of our favorite shapes from Fashion Week, as well as styles you can shop now during this prime jacket season, as summer transitions into fall.

The Bomber Jacket

Fashion Week jacketsThe bomber jacket has been a major sartorial presence at Fashion Weeks during the last two years. Since its return on the scene in 2014, a number of interpretations have surfaced, from clubby Members Only to richly embroidered and personalized varieties. All indicators suggest that spring 2017 will be another big season for this versatile style.
Fashion Week jackets

Shop our editors’ bomber picks:

Paul & Joe Sister reversible cat print bomber | Self-Portrait lace bomber | Vetements oversize crop bomber

SHOP: bomber jackets

The Duster
Fashion Week jackets, the duster

A sleek style that can easily be dressed up or down, the duster is great for transitional weather due to its thinner, more flowing fabric; it works well as a layering piece. At Fashion Week, an oversized cut was favored paired with oversized pants or shirts. Playing with proportion, bold colors and men’s tailoring gives the simple style a dressed-up, modern look.  Fashion Week jackets, the duster

Shop our editors’ duster picks:

Topshop contrast panel duster | Keepsake the Label Chain dusterTheory Armelle N Evian stretch sweater coat

SHOP: duster jackets

The Moto Jacket

Fashion Week jacket, the moto

A perennial favorite of cool girls, the moto jacket has broadened its composition beyond black leather and zipper hardware. During Fashion Week, you’ll find the moto in a cross-section of colors and fabrications. Shearling and suede were popular last season. Sweet details like hearts and cheery colors feminize the bad-boy style. But basic black continues to dominate the street scene.

Fashion Week jackets, the moto

Shop our editors’ moto picks:

Veda Jayne suede moto | Rick Owens leather trim genuine shearling biker jacket | Burberry Barrsthorpe genuine shearling moto

SHOP: moto jackets

The Military Jacket

Fashion Week jacket, the field jacket

An uber-casual cut, the field jacket is a comfortable lightweight option for spring and summer-into-fall. Military shades of olive are common for this style, though you’ll see playful cuts, luxe fabrics and funky designs on the versions worn during Fashion Week. The traditional style serves well as a canvas on which designers and artists can play, often with punky results.

Fashion Week jackets, the field jacket

Shop our editors’ field jacket picks:

Free People ruffle hem military jacket | Current/Elliott Slanted Pocket army jacket | Tu es mon TRÉSOR The End embellished military jacket

SHOP: military jackets

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