Fall is here. Depending on where you are, a fall jacket might only last you a few months before it's time to break out the bigger, downier guns.
But until the snow flies, here are 3 trend-led looks for this short-lived season - and their cheaper, still-awesome alternatives.
Timelessly hip: the Baracuta
Steep: The Classic Baracuta. The G9 is the signature of this silhouette - from the double buttoned funnel collar, to the Fraser Tartan lining, to the rear 'umbrella' yoke. Water repellent outer shell, two-way zip. $379 from End Clothing.
Cheap: Black Harrington Jacket. This Topman take on the Baracuta also has the classic check lining, works as a staple layering piece, and features a button-through collar, elasticated cuffs and hem. $89 from Topman.
Rad dad: hunting plaid
Steep: Classic Wool Hunt Coat by Woolrich. Wool-blend shell sheds water, and the tight weave keeps out bone-chilling wind. Four outer snap pockets, plus hand-warmer pockets and internal security pocket. Under-collar tab keeps collar up to hold out cold and breezes. Button front covered by storm flap. $336 from Woolrich
Cheap: Maine Guide Wool Parka. Tightly woven wool without added bulk, allowing you to quickly and comfortably move through the woods and mount your rifle. Cut full for layering, with a comfortable, hip-length fit. Back zip cargo pocket with reinforcements, interior zip security pocket, two hand-warmer pockets, and drawcord waist. $249 from L.L. Bean.
Professional gent: classic car coat
Steep: Theory Belvin Wool-Blend Car Coat. Channel you inner Benedict Cumberbatch with a look that does double-duty for the office/night out. The wool/nylon/cashmere blend features a stand collar, concealed button front, side slash pockets. $745 from Nieman Marcus.
Cheap: Michael Kors Wool-Blend Car Coat. Upgrade your cold-weather style without sacrificing warmth in this car coat from Michael Kors: stand collar, zip front, two lower flap pockets and interior chest pockets. Wool/poly blend with attached bib for added warmth. $229 from Macy's.