Bye bye, puffer jackets and wool monstrosities—hello trenches and light, little things! Outerwear is one of our favorite things to buy, but it's extra fun when style never has to be compromised by how much downy antifreeze it can pack into its lining. Spring jackets in all its flirty, optimistic glory is like a breath of fresh air, and we've taken up the task of finding all the Macs, trenches, capes, and more that have us flipping through the calendar in anticipation.
Spring Trench Coats
This spring classic gets an update via shortened hems, graphic patterns, and softer silhouettes.
Above, from left: Rachel Rachel Roy Candy Shell Trench, $159, available at Rachel Roy; Burberry Gabardine Biker Trench, $2,795, available at Burberry; Madewell Liverpool Cropped Trench, $158, available at Madewell; Imitation Trench Coat, $338, available at Urban Outfitters; BCBG Olivia Trench Coat, $298, available at BCBG. Under $100 Option Gap Soft Trench (not pictured), $89.95, available at Gap.
Spring Military Jackets
Forget frog closures and over-the-top patches. Uniform dressing is so much more clever when interpreted in understated epaulets and strategic pockets.
Blame it on Mme. Chanel, but these collarless toppers have become the epitome of sass and class. Rock them with a pair of leather shorts or go prim by wearing one over a full skirt.
Spring Anoraks & Parkas
These utilitarian toppers merge fashion and function with the ease it takes to wear them.
Kimono-Inspired Spring Jackets
You'd be surprised at just how versatile these flowy numbers are. They can go over jeans and a shirt for a casually chic look, or as a genius cover-up when the beach beckons.
Above, from left: Diane von Furstenberg Margee Jacket, $585, available at Diane von Furstenberg; Topshop Summer Tie-Waist Mac, $300, available at Topshop; Sparkle & Fade Chiffon Kimono Jacket, $59, available at Urban Outfitters; Winter Kate Kimono Jacket, $495, available for pre-order at Boutique To You.
Spring Capes & Ponchos
A woman in a cape (or poncho for that matter) never fails to catch our eye, which is why we can't wait to break out these sleeve-free overcoats come spring.
Striped Spring Jackets
The striped jacket is akin to fashion perennials like nautical stripes and schoolboy blazers in their longevity and wearability—these are bound to be on your weekly wardrobe rotation.
Above, from left: 3.1 Phillip Lim Striped Jacket available at select 3.1 Phillip Lim stores; Bailey 44 Gyro Stripe Jacket, $187, available at Revolve Clothing; Diane von Furstenberg Striped Cotton-Blend Jacket, $545, available at Net-A-Porter; American Apparel Sailor Stripe Jacket, $68, available at American Apparel.
The best thing about this academic trend is that you don't need to have an athlete boyfriend to score one of your own!
Colorful Spring Jackets
We won't be surprised if slipping on one of these happy-hued jackets puts a spring in your step. Anchor these bright babies with neutral heels or boots.