Jackets for Autumn Travel
by Chantelle Mallin
With autumn just around the corner we’re beginning to see Autumn/Winter 2013 season collections hitting the stores. Personally, this is an exciting time for me as I’m in love with this years A/W trends. From punk/grunge to sober blooms, the cooler weather is a perfect excuse to splash out on the latest fall coats to keep you toasty on your travels.
If you’re in need of inspiration, look no further, Travel Fashion Girl has put together the perfect guide to help you choose travel jackets you can wear on the road and at home this season.
Mango Aviator Trench Coat / Banana Republic Animal Print Coat / Patagonia Arborist Trench Coat / Athleta Yaletown Jacket / Topshop Textured Biker Jacket / Topshop Jacob Military Parka / Theory ‘Danvey’ Coat / Miss Selfridge Faux Fur Gilet / Miss Selfridge Flower Embellished Jacket / Marc New York Bailey Jacket / Anatomie Cher Biker Jacket
You’re sure to stand in this ‘mango’ hue fall coat by the iconic American brand Marc New York. Described as the fresh combination of ‘flirty and sporty’, it’s definitely the perfect travel jacket to make a colour popping statement. The jacket is created from water-resistant tech-inspired trench fabric and features a belted zip front silhouette, patch pockets with on trend snap fastenings, and a stand collar with hood creating a relaxed streetwise vibe and ensuring you are bang on trend.
On Trend with Faux Fur
Faux fur is a forward trend for A/W 13. Whether it be printed, bright hued or as a trim its featured heavily across the recent catwalk collections, this sleeveless, funnel Miss Selfridge neck gilet is perfect for wearing over your favorite shirt or sweater to protect your from the chill.
Function and Fashion
The travel clothing brand Anatomie has created an asymmetrical biker travel jacket named ‘the Cher’. Created from a rayon-cotton-Lycra blend the jacket features an on trend minimal/paneled biker silhouette featuring classic biker detailing and paneling. Anatomie creates designer travel clothes from high performance fiber to create garments that are lightweight, protective, resistant, quick-drying and insanely comfortable.
Topshop is one of the best high street retailers in providing on trend catwalk worthy fashions at affordable prices – think ‘luxe pieces with a big hit of street savvy style’. It is the only high street brand to show at London Fashion Week (Topshop Unique). This textured biker jacket ticks one of A/W 13 big trends (and one of my favorites) PINK; it’s such a pretty addition to any travel wardrobe and is guaranteed to add a hint of femininity to any outfit! The jacket is made from a texturized linen-blend and features a layered construction, on trend steel zip placement and classic biker detailing.
Ideal Layering Piece
3.1 Phillip Lim is brand that creates cool, youthful, elegant pieces with a distinctive signature style, it offers high end, quality designer clothing at contemporary prices – a piece would probably set you back a few dollars but is guaranteed to be a key part of your travel wardrobe for years to come, think of it as an investment! The funnel neck cape is made for layering, perfect to throw over an outfit when heading out at night for a meal or drinks, the jacket is made from 100% soft wool, it is cut in a spacious, sleeveless A-line silhouette and features zip pockets, an exposed off center front zip and on trend snaps to close the neckline. This jacket manages to tick a collection of A/W 13 trend, sleeveless – check, oversize – check, snap fastenings – check, funnel neck – check, straight + roomy – check, it’s definitely a piece you can take from outerwear to evening wear.
This embellished jacket from Miss Selfridge is perfect for finishing off an evening outfit. It features heavy beading and colored flowers down the front and is sure to add a touch of glamour to any ensemble. This jacket from the high street succeeds in featuring two hot autumn trends – glamorous floral + stage worthy embellishment.
Patagonia is a California based clothing brand focusing on high end outdoor wear. Even though the brand focuses predominantly around extreme sportswear, some of the Patagonia’s most popular products are general apparel, appealing to all. The Arborist trench coat is crafted to protect you from serious rain, perfect for unexpected autumn showers. Even though the trench is predominately a tech coats it wins serious points in the style stakes – featuring an on trend trench silhouette with minimal detailing and clean princess line seams. This travel jacket is made from performance standard waterproof breathable fabric and features a lined hood with adjustable toggles, two way asymmetrical zippered with storm flap, zipped hand warmer pockets and asymmetrical cuffs with adjustable tabs.
Seriously influenced by the ever popular military trend this jacket falls perfectly into the A/W13 trend of ‘tomboy’ jackets, featuring a grungy olive color, a sporty parka silhouette, fishtail hem, snap fastenings, a tough steel zip, deep pockets and a wide hood the parka screams style. The lightweight design – taking up little space – means the jacket is a perfect addition to you autumn travel wardrobe.
On the A/W catwalks designers embraced an exciting array of hides, skins and pelts, with leopard taking the lead! Stand out in this classic leopard design from Banana Republic, the fall coat features a sophisticated silhouette – however the print allows you to dip your toe into the stand out A/W 13 grunge/punk trend without having to invest in spikes and rubber!
Ticking the Trends
Even though the flash jacket is predominately a technical jacket it still manages to tick off several of the front running A/W 13 trends, including 90’s grunge and high gloss sheen. The jacket is designed to provide sufficient warmth with the least amount of weight; it includes nifty design features such as lightweight elastic piping on the hood and waist to seal out the cold, pockets insulated with goose down, and a zipper with insulated draft protection.
Featuring an on trend funnel neck puffa silhouette the jacket is extremely lightweight and incredibly stylish.
Theory’s principle revolves around modern men and women wanting to feel comfortable and sexy in modern clothing, it appeals to sophisticated contemporary customers who seek comfort and quality. Checks are bang on trend this season and this magnified houndstooth is guaranteed to become a favorite piece in your travel wardrobe, the oversized fit gives a shapely silhouette and womanly feel, the coat features a single button closure and shoulder pads.
The high street giants Mango haven’t disappointed with this beautiful detailed and affordable trench, the aviator style coat features an abundance of A/W13 key details such as leather placement (collar), concealed snap button fastenings and a narrow fit belted silhouette, the trench also features epaulettes, twin pockets and a detachable lining.
This anorak style travel jacket from Athleta is lightweight and sleek – packing down into an easily storable piece, perfect for popping into your bag when not in use – great for travel as it’s guaranteed to take up little (precious) luggage space. The anorak is made from water resistant DWR finish fabric, keeping to perfectly dry, and features a two way front zip, adjustable hood, internal waist clinch, roll up snap sleeves, hidden zip pockets and on trend sport seaming lines. This piece is a great summer to autumn transition jacket – when it’s difficult to predict whether you’ll be greeted by sunshine or autumn chill. It also comes in plus size, bonus!
Mad About Plaid
Madewell, founded in the 30’s, had a respectable tradition of producing high quality clothing; it is a prime brand for women seeking both fashion and function. This classic plaid coat falls directly into the A/W13 grunge trend, add this to your autumn wardrobe and be fiercely on trend whilst remaining comfortable and covered, double threat!
Do you have any favorite Jackets for Autumn Travel?
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Chantelle Mallin is a 21 year old student studying fashion design at The University of Huddersfield and has travelled through Europe. She’s originally from Yorkshire and can’t wait to broaden her travel experience and visit Southeast Asia and the USA. Follow her on Twitter.