Many of us won't be going back to school as September arrives, but no matter our age, it's hard to shake off the feeling of anticipation that settles in with the start of autumn. For me, it's things like organising my wardrobe and investing in a new outwear piece that have replaced the tradition of buying a new school uniform and stationery. New jackets, in particular, have become a sort of marker for the season ahead—a sartorial intention that will drive my outfit choices and shape my personal style.
Will I opt for a cocooning puffer? A '70s-inspired shearling jacket? Or perhaps the punk twist of tartan? So much to choose from, so little time. Well, if you need help navigating the world of A/W 21 outwear, allow me to point you in the direction of Harvey Nichols's jacket edit, which is packed full of classic items in the making.
But what should we be looking out for? There are four styles, in particular, that I think have potential for this season and the years to come. While they might tick both the versatile and classic boxes, they certainly don't lack in personality. Just look at Rejina Pyo's button-up leather jacket, which will add plenty of retro energy to your cold-weather separates. Or Ganni's quilted wrap style with its dramatic A-line proportions—definitely one to watch in the jacket department. Ready? Scroll down to see my full edit of cult autumn jackets, and shop similar styles.