We might not like it, but a jacket is a must during a season when the weather can change from minute to minute, let alone from hour to hour. When it comes to kids’ coats and jackets, you need them to be warm and comfortable, but there are also other factors, such as whether they are machine-washable or shower-proof. Of course, they also have to look cool or cute – or a combination of the two. To get you started on your search, here are our eight favourite autumn jackets for boys and girls.
For boys: 1. PrimaLoft Eco Raglan Puffer – £39.95 from Gap. This is lightweight but is warm enough to see your youngster through the winter months. Its insulation is also a great hypoallergenic alternative to down, making it perfect for young allergy sufferers. It’s available in a variety of colour options and is machine-washable. The storm cuffs keep out the cold, and the ripstop outer layer is waterproof and quilted. It’s also fully lined for those colder days. 2. Boys’ Black Leather-Look Bomber Jacket – £35 from River Island. Your young man will look super-cool in this great jacket. The only downside is that it’s handwash only, but it is so worth the sacrifice – and you can easily wipe off the odd mark or stain. 3. Boys’ Fleece-Lined Parka – £21.60 at Vertbaudet. You won’t lose your little one in a crowd in this fun yellow jacket, which is also rain-proof and really warm. The zip toggles are also specially designed for small children, making it an ideal choice for independent youngsters. 4. PuddleFleece Jacket – £40 from Muddy Puddles. With everything from a super-soft fleece-lined inner and hood to reflective trims and logos for safety, this little jacket has it all. It looks really cute as well and, of course, it’s machine-washable. What more could you want?
For girls: 5. Dot Hooded Mac Jacket – £34.95 from Gap. You can stick it in the washing machine when it gets dirty, although the bold funky print really makes day-to-day marks hard to see. The hood is removable, and there are handy pockets to store all those essential trinkets most little girls love. 6. Bluezoo Girls’ Navy Spotty Padded Coat – £20 to £22 at Debenhams. Offering perfect protection from the rain, this spotty jacket is also fleece-lined for extra warmth and comfort. 7. Puddle Pac-a-Mac, £20 at Muddy Puddles. These jackets are fully waterproof, lightweight and breathable, making them ideal for the autumn season. They also fold handily into their own bag, and for every jacket sold Muddy Puddles donates £1 to London’s Urban Wild Places project. If you have more than one child, or just want a bit of variety, you can also buy two pac-a-macs for £30, saving a tenner on the usual price. 8. Girl Digital Print Parka, £32 to £34 at John Lewis. Even a grey day doesn’t have to be dull with this vibrant machine-washable parka, which comes complete with a cosy fur-lined hood.