The 7 Essential Spring Jackets
It's officially springtime! Your coat no longer has to be a full-body shield against whipping winds and sheets of ice water. Instead, you can experiment with spring jackets in different colors, shapes, and weights. Spring is hardly a one-coat-fits-all season—for proof, just check out the seven types of jackets you need for this fickle time of year.
1. The trench
The trench is one of the most iconic spring jackets, most likely because it looks great dressed up or down. Choose a classic color like khaki if you want a coat that goes with everything, something that is especially helpful if you are always running late in the morning and just want a coat you can throw on without any thought. Choose a bold color like red or yellow if you prefer to stand out in a sea of tan.
2. The anorak
This weather-resistant piece of outerwear has gained popularity in recent years, probably thanks to such utilitarian features as a hood and roomy pockets. In a neutral like navy blue, it complements almost any casual ensemble.
When they're cropped, light jackets made from buttery-soft leather become a go-to for crisp spring nights. They also add a little toughness to spring outfits, which tend to embrace feminine florals and flounces.
4. The raincoat
April showers, guys. Need we say more?
5. The blazer
Our TV pals Olivia Pope and Claire Underwood are so flawless in their blazers, but for a look that's more play than power player, find a buttonless one with a more modern longline silhouette.
6. The bomber
With their military roots, bombers are among the fiercest spring jackets, particularly when paired with distressed jean shorts and combat-style booties. Try one with vintage-style patches for an on-trend look that pays homage to the jackets worn by WWII pilots.
Denim jackets have made a major fashion comeback in recent years, probably because they look so effortlessly, classically cool. You'll wear yours well into summer, especially once you master the all-denim outfit. Shop for this in the men's or women's section—we like this jacket a bit oversized, especially when it's paired with shorts or skinny jeans.