Spring weather is the hardest—you can’t exactly keep wearing heavy coats and sweaters even though it gets chilly at night, but you can’t bust out your crop tops and shorts either. Your best bet is to find a classic, transitional jacket for spring that’s different enough to really make an outfit but not so crazy that you can only wear it once a week because it only goes with a couple of outfits you already have.
But don’t worry. There are plenty of options there, jackets that aren’t too thin so that if it rains you won’t be freezing, but not too thick so that when the sun does come out you’re regretting your outfit choice of the day. It’s an awkward time for your wardrobe but we’ll get through it together. Scroll down below to see our favorite picks.
The Cool Girl Denim Jacket
A great denim jacket is a necessity—you can pretty much wear it with anything and it will look good. The key to making it look put together and less casual is finding one that has a boxier fit, so it will look structured even when you wear it with sweatpants going to get your laundry.
Gap Jacket, $70 at Gap
The Long, Breezy Jacket
This white jacket is the epitome of chic. Drape it over a simple t-shirt and jeans combo and you will look like somebody really important without much effort. Plus the fabric feels like butter on your skin.
Eileen Fisher Jacket, $398 at Nordstrom
Date Night Jacket
This jacket is like a hybrid of multiple styles—it has the silhouette of a motorcycle leather jacket but instead it’s made of army green leather. It’s a perfect choice for date night or girls night out since you won’t be cold but it’s too stuffy.
Tahari Jacket, $224 at Nordstrom
Must-Have Leather Jacket
Yes, this jacket is expensive, we know. But it’s also a purchase that you can actually get your money’s worth out of more than anything else you’re currently wearing. Think about it: you can wear it to work, you can wear it to dinner, and you can wear it to an interview. You’re welcome.
Madewell Leather Jacket, $528 at Madewell
Practical Anorak Jacket
It’s a lightweight casual choice if you’re looking for something that’s no fuss and not too fancy either. We think it’s the perfect weekend jacket since it has lots of pockets, and it’s made out of cotton so you can get it dirty running errands on the weekend. Throw it in the wash and it’ll still look good as new.
Merona Jacket, $40 at Target
Classic Trench Coat
Every woman really should have a nice, classic trench coat. It’s a staple that never goes out of style and the sign of grown up woman’s closet in the fashion world. Look for one that has simple buttons and with a belt so you can adjust how you want to wear it.
Calvin Klein Trench COat, $100 at Macy’s
Trendy Bomber Jacket
Bomber jackets are the ‘it’ girl look right now. Maybe because of the Yeezy show, but maybe because they make even plain outfits look so much cooler. There’s no particular way you have to style it which makes it flexible no matter what you like to wear. I wear mine every single weekend with jeans, no shame.
Lauren Ralph Lauren Jacket, $139 at Ralph Lauren
Best way to upgrade your work wardrobe for spring is to trade that ill-fitting, dull black blazer you always wear for a light, fitted version. It’s tailored to fit better than most loose fitting blazers, and this one comes in a bright denim to add a relaxed touch to dress pants and blouses.
ELOQUII blazer, $129 at ELOQUII
Just because your jacket is practical, doesn’t mean it can’t be cute too. We like this sporty bomber that has a hood and comes in a bright teal or yellow to make even the the gloomiest days out a good one for you (sartorially at least).
Boohoo raincoat, $60 at Boohoo