Some people like to think it’s what’s on the inside that counts—and while that may be true for a book, boyfriend or bra purchase, it certainly doesn’t apply to outerwear. The jacket you choose to wear needs to make an impression because for at least four months out of the year, that’s the first (and sometimes the only) thing people will see. Here’s the good news: the jacket trends for 2023 will ensure that you’re memorable because they are just that. Colorful leather, unique textures, patterns and prints are just a few of the staple outerwear looks that graced the 2023 runways.
In order to pick the perfect jacket you must first prioritize your personal criteria. Do you want a jacket that will easily layer over everything or is the jacket itself the star of the outfit? Should the material keep you exceptionally warm or light enough to wear indoors? Neutral tones or color? If you’re like me, you’ll want one of each and will end up having to store your faux-fur in your suitcases to free up some closet space.
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I’m going to need to find a section storage solution based on the 2023 jacket trends. I’m loving the untraditional textured jackets that designers like Bottega Veneta and Versace included in their spring/summer ‘23 collections–the style is the ultimate combination of fun and function. For something a little more low-key, I’ll be buying a bomber jacket like the ones shown at Chloé ASAP. If you need inspiration on how to effortlessly style a bomber jacket, Kendall Jenner kicked the trend off last season at Paris Fashion Week with a street-style look.
Keep reading for every outerwear trend you’ll want to literally embody for 2023.
The Long Black Leather Trench
The long black leather trench is about to have a moment—*cue Matrix reference. The grungy jacket style was arguably the most popular look that designers in Milan, Paris, London, and New York included in their collections. Remember when everyone bought a leather blazer last year? Well, this is the upgraded version of that. Now you won’t have to decide between your leather blazer and a classic trench because this jacket is a hybrid of both. For an everyday option, look to Versace’s knee-length leather jacket for inspiration—it has a similar lapel to a blazer which makes the style ideal for the office too. If you can’t help but love a little drama the structured shoulders and long lines makes Saint Laurent’s leather trench the silhouette for you.
Buckle Detail PU Trenchcoat
This long black faux leather trench has cool seat belt buckle detailing which adds a unique detail to the trend. This would look great with an LBD for a night out.
Malou Faux Leather Trench Coat
This gorgeous Stand Studio faux leather trench is tailored for a slimmer fit and includes a wide adjustable belt to cinch the look together. It comes in black or brown and it’s 50 percent off right now.
The Vintage-Inspired Sleeper Robe
Ok vintage lovers, you’re going to love this trend: sleeper robes. Though this piece once served the purpose of making Victorian-era sleepwear a little more modest, sheer robes are now one of the sexiest outerwear trends on the market. Plus, if Dior and Prada featured sleepwear as outerwear, you know it’s about to be a big trend. If you’ve shopped vintage you’ve probably come across these jackets in soft pastel shades with ruffle or floral detailing. Based on the runway shows, designers took inspiration right from the originals but added a little more structure to the pieces. So what does one wear with a sleeper robe? You can hit copy and paste from the Dior show and pair it with a matching sleeper set (just add kitten heels or loafers for daytime). I personally also love styling a long robe with jeans and heels for an unexpected city look.
1960s Peachy-Coral & Beige Lace Nightgown
The best way to participate in this trend is by buying vintage! Check out your local vintage stores and browse through the lingerie section to find beautiful sheer robes (I personally am growing a little collection). If you prefer shopping online, Etsy is also a great place to find vintage treasures.
Georgia Long Lace Robe
The key to this trend is thinking outside the usual confines of a robe. This sheer lace robe, for example, would look great with a white ribbed tank top, baggy jeans and kitten heels for an untraditional look for a meeting or dinner out.
The Textured Statement Piece
Go big or go home? No! Go big and go Bottega! Oversized jackets with unusual textures were the standout stars of fashion week. Bottega Veneta, Versace and Diesel were just a few of the designers that created a tinsel look on the runway. The material gives the same structure as a fur jacket without any actual fur (or faux fur) material. Plus, they come in so many fun colors. This is definitely the type of jacket that will turn heads and the compliments will be well worth the investment. It won’t matter much about what you wear underneath!
Cropped Shaggy Faux Fur Jacket
The bright blue shag on this faux fur jacket gives it extra textured flair. Whether you wear this to a Taylor Swift concert or après ski, you’re sure to make a statement.
Longline Tinsel Fringe Jacket
This tinsel jacket is obviously a party piece but it could also easily be paired with jeans or cargo pants and worn as a glam-casual piece.
The Saturated Leather Jacket
Some things are simply better in color and we’re all about to find out if that rings true when it comes to leather jackets. The days of a black leather jacket being the go-to in your closet may be coming to an end because colorful leather jackets will be hitting the shelves. When I say colorful leather, I’m not talking about a hot pink plastic Barbiecore-style jacket you’d find at Forever21. No, the colorful leather I’m eyeing this year looks like the deep jewel-toned hues Coach created or the subtle and soft pink designed at Acne Studios. A colorful leather jacket should look rich in tone and texture, just like a black one would. Also similarly to your black leather jacket, you’ll want to wear this one over turtlenecks, hoodies, and going-out tops throughout the entire year.
Oversized Real Leather Coach Jacket
When it comes to leather jackets, it doesn’t matter if the jacket is labeled as a men’s or women’s item—especially if you want to wear it a little oversized. This green leather jacket is the perfect example.
Petite Vinyl Oversized Trench Coat
Vinyl is a great leather alternative to getting a slightly shiny look. This jewel-toned trench is a great way to combine two of the 2023 jacket trends.
The Patterned Trench
You’re probably familiar with the classic tan trench coat as a quintessential staple of Parisian style—at least, according to Pinterest. This year, it’s time to take the classic piece you love and add a patterned twist! The patterned trench is officially Parisian-approved because French brands like Dior included them in their spring/summer ’23 shows. From newspaper print to tie-dye, there’s no one way to wear a patterned trench so pick a print that shows off your personality and run with it.
Coach X Mint + Serf Trench
Coach collaborated with graffiti artists Mikhail Sokovikov and Jason Aaron Wall to create this unique patterned trench. Since the color combination involves lots of earth tones, you can wear this jacket you can consider this jacket a “neutral” piece and wear it with pretty much anything. Plus, it’s on sale.
Whenever I’m looking for a chic oversized coat, I always check NA-KD’s site so I wasn’t surprised when it had the perfect reasonably-priced patterned trench. This is a great jacket to transition from winter to spring.
The Bomber Jacket
The trench coat may be getting a makeover but the bomber jacket is getting a revival. The aviation jacket is soaring back into sporty style with a few different versions leading the way. From Chloé, we have a more delicate stitched jacket that looks perfect for a boho ride on a motorcycle through Malibu canyon. From Vaillant, we have a classic bomber to accompany you on all of your travels—if pilots are wearing them, you can too! And finally, from Baum und Pferdgarten we have a bright and colorful bomber—a continuation of the saturated leather jacket trend.
Faux Leather Crop Bomber Jacket
A black bomber jacket is a classic piece to have in your wardrobe—even though it’s trending this year, it’s a piece that will never go out of style.
Inary Chevron-Quilted Bomber Jacket
This chevron-quilted bomber jacket will keep you nice and warm while making you look super cool. I love the croc-embossed material and the side zip pocket on the sleeve.
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