These Chic Cropped Jackets Are The Perfect Layer For Unpredictable Weather

So far this summer we’ve seen heatwaves, weeks of rain and more recently, a strange warm-but-unpredictable weather that catches us off-guard on a near daily basis. To combat this, we’ve donned everything from bikinis and sun hats to rain boots and waterproof coats. And now, instead of hopping straight into cashmere sweaters and thick outerwear, it’s time to add light layers that keep you cosy without overheating once the sun comes out.

Enter the cropped jacket. These styles say, “Hey, cold weather, we see you coming, but we’ve still got time to play it cool.” They’re practical enough to protect us from a sudden drop in temperature, but won’t overheat us like our long wool coats or be as cumbersome as our marshmallow-like winter puffers.

Not to mention, the chic-cropped silhouette was all over New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2023 runways. Although models were sporting the shorter design in itty bitty black shorts and tights from brands like Sergio Hudson, the style can easily be dressed with a classic pair of jeans or trousers for a casual spin. These cropped silhouettes create a universally flattering look no matter which route you take, and we can’t seem to get enough of them.

Don’t waste time pondering over which outerwear to wear for the iffy weather and instead take full advantage of the in-between seasons with these chic cropped jackets. They really are the much-needed everyday essential while you wait for trench coat season to arrive. Scroll ahead to shop our carousel of the best cropped jackets from preppy tweed silhouettes to classic denim styles.

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Mango Pocket Tweed Jacket, £79.99

Cropped tweed jackets bring a luxurious look to even the simplest of outfits like a white tee and jeans. Adding a royal-like touch, they can be worn for any fancier occasion from brunch with friends to office environments and this red Mango option is really eye-catching.

Mango Pocket Tweed Jacket, $, available at Mango

Tommy Hilfiger Curve Double-Breasted Casual Peacoat Jacket, £230 £115

This cream, cropped pea coat will become one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe. Whether worn with jeans for a laidback look or layered over a dress, it’s sure to keep you warm while the oversized fit allows for a thick jumper to be popped underneath on particularly chilly days.

Tommy Hilfiger Curve Double-Breasted Casual Peacoat Jacket, $, available at Tommy Hilfiger

River Island Denim Cropped Jacket, £49

Cropped denim jackets are one of our favourite versions of this trend. They’re casual, cool and will only get comfier the more you wear them. The bright blue shade of this River Island option has really caught our eye, along with the detailed stitching which adds an element of interest.

River Island Denim Cropped Jacket, $, available at River Island

Cos Cropped Wool Blazer, £135

For more formal occasions, a cropped blazer could be a great option. Of course, when it comes to tailoring, black is basic for a reason — it really does work with everything. Pair with matching trousers or jeans for a more smart-casual kind of look.

COS Cropped Wool Blazer, $, available at COS

H&M Cropped Twill Jacket, £29.99

If you’re still living in your Barbie pink era, then this H&M cropped jacket is sure to make it onto your wishlist. It’s bright, bold and will work with a whole host of colours, including white, blue, black and beige.

H&M Cropped Twill Jacket, $, available at H&M

iets frans… Jessy Faux Leather Cropped Motocross Jacket, £79

We love few things more than leather jackets, and this iets frans option combines a motorbike-like style with a classic colour pairing. It’s also made from faux leather so even vegans can enjoy.

iets frans Jessy Faux Leather Cropped Motocross Jacket, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Tommy Jeans Ultra Crop Windbreaker In White, £100

On days when it’s not exactly cold but just windy, a windbreaker will be the best layer you can have to hand. This Tommy Jeans option is highly cropped, leaning into the Y2K look with minimal effort while pairing perfectly with cargo pants, joggers and jeans.

Tommy Jeans Ultra Crop Windbreaker In White, $, available at ASOS

Columbia Blue Cropped Puffect Puffer Jacket, £120

It may be too warm to reach for a puffer right now, but winter is certainly coming and this jacket is really cute. In a baby blue shade, it still brings a summery vibe while the nylon filling will keep you cosy once the weather cools down.

Columbia Blue Cropped Puffect Puffer Jacket, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Maeve Double-Breasted Tweed Jacket, £120

Slightly resembling a much more expensive brand (ahem, Chanel) this tweed jacket is sure to work wonders for those who like a luxurious look. Combining blue, white and grey checks with pretty pearl buttons, it’s a jacket just made for more fancy affairs.

Maeve Double-Breasted Tweed Jacket, $, available at Anthropologie

Reformation Jori Cropped Denim Jacket, £168

Reformation is famous for its dresses but the brand does great denim too. This brown jacket, more tastefully named ‘vintage marzipan’, perfectly slots into the neutral wardrobe aesthetic while adding a modern, boxy silhouette.

Reformation Jori Cropped Denim Jacket, $, available at Reformation

Barney’s Originals Plus Real Leather Star Print Biker Jacket, £105

If it’s a statement jacket you’re looking for, Barney’s Originals may have the answer with this star print style. Contrasting black and white shades, it’s certainly bold yet will carry any look, meaning minimal effort is needed underneath.

Barney’s Originals Plus Real Leather Star Print Biker Jacket, $, available at ASOS

Dickies Lined Eisenhower Cropped Jacket, £90 £45

This lovely lilac jacket immediately caught our eye from the famous trouser brand Dickies. Its sharp silhouette lends it a timeless design while the shade really makes it stand out from the crowd.

Dickies Lined Eisenhower Cropped Jacket, $, available at Dickies

ASOS DESIGN Cropped Canvas Jacket In Charcoal, £45

If you love a utility shirt yet need something a little warmer, this ASOS jacket is sure to do the trick. In a boxy cut with two front pockets, it’s incredibly cool with a laidback look that will work with everything from jeans to joggers.

ASOS DESIGN Cropped Canvas Jacket In Charcoal, $, available at ASOS

Brave Soul Plus Peached Bomber Jacket In Sage, £48 £22

Bomber jackets have become a go-to for laidback looks and this Brave Soul sage style is sure to become a hardworking basic in anyone’s wardrobes. A simple front zip allows you to wear it fully open or closed and the soft fabric is certainly snuggly no matter the weather.

Brave Soul Plus Peached Bomber Jacket In Sage, $, available at ASOSElizabeth & James Ancel Bomber Jacket, $393, available at Nordstrom.Rejina Pyo Cropped Suede Jacket, $1,199, available at Stylebop.Petite Studio Clover Cropped Jacket, $189, available at Petite Studio.Balenciaga Swing $945, Jersey Jacket, available at Net-A-Porter.Veda Freeman Shearling-collar Leather Jacket, $1,148, available at Bloomingdale’s.Mango Double-breasted Blazer, $79.99, available at Mango.Courrèges Vinyl Cropped Jacket, $1,239, available at Farfetch.UO Oversized Cropped Denim Trucker Jacket, $79, available at Urban Outfitters.& Other Stories Cropped Windbreaker, $95, available at & Other Stories.Zara Cropped Leather Biker Jacket, $299, available at Zara.H&M Bomber Jacket, $49.99, available at H&M.Forever 21 Floral Cropped Jacket, $42.90, available at Forever 21.Re/Done Denim Crop Jacket, $440, available at Barneys New York.Free People Over Easy Zip-up, $49.95, available at Free People.Rebecca Taylor Textured Vegan Leather Jacket, $595, available at Rebecca Taylor.Related Video

& Other Stories Cropped Corduroy Jacket, $, available at & Other StoriesPhoto Courtesy of & Other Stories.

Mango Contrast Seam Jacket, $, available at Edon ManorPhoto Courtesy of Mango.

Sies Marjan Annabelle Cropped Crinkled-Vinyl Biker Jacket, $, available at Net-A-PorterPhoto Courtesy of Net-a-Porter.

Forever 21 Cropped Plaid Jacket, $, available at Forever 21Photo Courtesy of Forever 21.

H&M Short Suede Jacket, $, available at H&MPhoto Courtesy of H&M.

Ganni Faulkner Jacket, $, available at GanniPhoto Courtesy of Ganni.

Eckhaus Latta Cropped Denim Jacket, $, available at Need Supply

J.Crew Cropped Faux Fur Coat, $, available at J.CrewPhoto Courtesy of J.Crew.

Sandy Liang Reny Jacket, $, available at Sandy LiangPhoto Courtesy of Sandy Liang.

Zara Z1975 Metallic Biker Jacket, $, available at ZaraPhoto Courtesy of Zara.

Supriya Lele Cropped Hunting Jacket, $, available at Opening CeremonyPhoto Courtesy of Opening Ceremony.

Pull&Bear Cropped Leather Look Biker Jacket, $, available at ASOSPhoto Courtesy of Asos.

Bershka Transparent Plaid Jacket, $, available at BershkaPhoto Courtesy of Bershka.

Saks Potts Lucy Striped Shearling Jacket, $, available at MatchesFashion.comPhoto Courtesy of Matches Fashion.

MSGM Corduroy Blazer, $, available at Shopbop

GRLFRND Sarai Reversible Cropped Shearling And Denim Jacket, $, available at Moda Operandi

Wild Fable Plus Size Plaid Cropped Shirt Jacket, $, available at TargetPhoto Courtesy of Target.

Habitual Remy Patent Moto Jacket, $, available at ShopbopPhoto Courtesy of Shopbop.

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