Seeing as winter is nearly upon us, you’re likely focusing more on home-based activities (Netflix, couch, snacks, for example), or swapping nights out on the town for fresh days spent in nature soaking up the crisp winter sunshine. If you’re the latter, you’ll be needing a winter jacket (sorry for sounding like your mum, but you do).
Now, we know that finding the right jacket that strikes the perfect balance of function and fashion is a tough task—a never-ending compromise between looking like a puffed-up marshmallow and freezing to your core.
Here are 9 activewear jackets that are stylish AF and nail the brief of, y’know, actually keeping you warm.
No YOU’RE the chicest jacket we’ve ever seen in our lives! (Kidding—this one is).
Alo Yoga’s Dynamic Jacket offers an oversized-yet-sculptural silhouette, complete with articulated darting detail at the sleeves that radiates contemporary appeal. Drawcord detailing and a chic metal zipper add a splash of ultra-modern zest, keeping you looking as cute as you are cosy.
Showcasing this season’s coveted block colour trend, the Sal Knit Jacket by The Upside is crafted in a dense knitted cotton with a hint of stretch to ensure cosy comfort with every wear. The bomber-style silhouette and multicoloured taping down the sleeves create a luxe piece that will make the perfect addition to your activewear wardrobe this winter. Chuck it on with tights and a beanie for a cute ensemble that’s crying out to be taken for a spin (AKA a beach walk and coffee).
When is a jacket not a jacket? When it’s a swacket! This sweater-jacket is crafted from Under Armour’s signature Storm Technology so that it repels water whilst also keeping you fresh and warm. It’s not ultra thick, so it’s a great pick if you’re into outdoor running during winter (and you damn-well should be, thanks to the host of health benefits that come with working out in colder weather). The stand up collar and all-black design makes it a swish little swacket indeed.
Make a style statement with the ultra-luxe Core Jacket from P.E Nation. Fully lined and cut from a water-resistant spray, this jacket is complete with a contrast mesh layer for added protection, an oversized funnel-neck collar for warmth and sporty stripe detailing and branded zipper tape that is typical of the brand. The ideal choice if you’re after something that will take you from the gym to brunch in serious style.
Working out in cold, wet conditions just got a whole lot easier (not to mention more style-savvy). Lululemon’s Extra Mile Jacket features strategically placed warm fleece fabric in areas that need to retain heat, and stretchy fabric where movement is needed. Bonus: both fabrics are water-repellent—that’s right, even the fleece!
Ok so you might have to make alternative arrangements for your arms here, but the Varley Sierra Gilet will instantly amp up your winter-wear ante. Crafted in faux shearling, it’s the ideal layering piece to your favourite long sleeve tops and lightweight jumpers. The oatmeal shade and rib-knit neckline provide effortless finishing touches to this function-meets-fashion piece.
Heavyweight, stretchy and the perfect balance of smooth and fleecy, The North Face’s Agave Full Zip boasts an active fit to ensure maximum mobility whatever the elements. Snug and sleek with a high funnel neck, the jacket is perfect for mountain hikes or a blustery beachside jog.
Made from a lightweight, water-repellent fabric, the FLIGHTMODE Windcheater is the perfect pick for trips to the studio and beyond. The jacket features a stand-up collar with an adjustable drawcord and an elasticised hem and cuffs to keep the warmth inside. Mesh accents create an oh-so-chic, functional finish. Would it be cheesy to say “Flightmode: activated”? #askingforafriend.
Holy hell, who knew hoodies could be so damn chic? This pick from First Base is oversized and minimal—two things we LOVE in activewear. The hooded, zip-through style sports reflective stripe trims and a swing silhouette with flared, cropped sleeves, making it the perfect year-round layering piece.