Shopping for fall clothing can seem an impossible pursuit if you aren’t made of money. Timeless tweed blazers, beautiful coats, and luxurious sweaters all seem to be calling your name when the weather turns chilly, but it often feels like few are accessible if you’re saving your paychecks for holiday traveling, you’re trying not to spend a lot adding to an already-stocked wardrobe, or your clothing budget is simply modest.
But building a classic and versatile wardrobe on a reasonable budget is always a goal worth putting in a little work to achieve. So we’ve done some shopping for you and found the best, budget-friendly fall jackets. All of the styles we’ve chosen are classic, so they’ll last you more than a season or two; versatile, so you won’t struggle to pair them with the pieces that are already in your closet; and easy on the wallet, so that you don’t have to spend more than $200 to find a warm and stylish jacket for fall.
1. Barbour quilted jacket: $179
Barbour’s quilted jackets are a classic, and one of the most affordable styles is the Tinford jacket, which features Barbour’s signature diamond quilted pattern, a corduroy collar, and a front snap closure. The Tinford is offered in Barbour’s regular fit, which is an excellent choice for guys looking to layer, or you can order one size down for a slimmer fit. The jacket is offered in olive green or navy blue, both classic colors that are great additions to any guy’s wardrobe.
2. Ben Sherman mac: $74
If rain, rather than chilly temperatures, is your main concern this fall, consider a classic raincoat, like Ben Sherman’s trench-style nylon mac. The jacket is constructed of rain-repellent nylon and features a spread collar, a soft cotton lining, a front zip with a hidden button flap closure, adjustable cuffs, and a single rear vent with a snap closure. Insider tip: Ben Sherman outerwear tends to run small, so you might want to consider ordering one size up from your regular size.
3. Brooks Brothers quilted jacket: $198
Another jacket built to take on fall weather is the ripstop quilted jacket from Brooks Brothers. The jacket is part of the Red Fleece line, which brings an affordable price and a trim cut, and the jacket is a streamlined take on a high-performing jacket for chilly seasons. It features a zip front, with two exterior pockets and one interior pocket.
4. United by Blue chore coat: $188
If workwear is more your style than a preppy look, then consider a chore coat as an everyday fall layer. United by Blue’s workwear-inspired jacket is constructed of super-durable, Tennessee-made duck canvas created from organic cotton. The jacket has four patch pockets, classic brass shank buttons, and button-tab cuffs. The navy blue version is our favorite, but the jacket is also offered in a classic tan for guys who really want to embrace the heritage workwear look.
5. Topman field jacket: $110
A military-inspired field jacket is a utilitarian style that’s particularly useful through the cool days of autumn. Topman’s budget-friendly field jacket is constructed of 100% cotton twill in a trim fit that makes the style easy to wear for guys of all builds. The jacket features an adjustable drawstring, a front snap and zipper closure, and single-button cuffs, and it’s also lined.
6. Ralph Lauren moto jacket: $198
If a motorcycle jacket is more your speed than a military field jacket, consider a waxed cotton version from Ralph Lauren. This jacket features a stand collar with a buckled throat tab, a buckled belt that enables you to easily adjust the fit, four exterior snapped pockets, and an American flag patch at the right sleeve. The jacket is made of waxed cotton, which repels water and stops wind.
7. Ralph Lauren windbreaker: $165
For guys in states with milder climates, there’s often little need for an excessively warm fall jacket. So a windbreaker, like this soft cotton poplin style from Ralph Lauren, is a classic and versatile choice. This jacket features a point collar, a concealed zip front, buttoned tabs at the cuffs, and angled welt pockets at the waist. The shell and the body lining are both 100% cotton, and the jacket is offered in “aviator navy” and “highland khaki.”