When you’re prepping your wardrobe for lighter temps, there really isn’t a need to overhaul your entire closet. A spring jacket is all it takes to ease out winter’s frigid weather and make the clothing you’ve been wearing on repeat feel fresh and wearable for warmer days ahead. Investing in great outerwear also fits our current dressing motto of relying on statement pieces to transform a relaxed look into something truly next level.
The six spring jacket trends we’re into right now combine versatility with polish, and ring in at a variety of price points. The simplest? Mixing up your go-to denim looks with blazers and shackets. These structured layers are perfect for Zoom meetings or warm weekend strolls with a scarf and cute hat. If you’re looking to celebs for outfit inspo, opt for a longline jacket. Styles run the gamut from lightweight trench coats to oversize wool ones—wear either over a cozy sweatsuit and you have your new uniform on lock.
Whether you’re after a cute (but water-resistant) puffer or a luxe overcoat, read on for all the best spring jacket trends in 2021—and our favorite picks worth shopping.
Finding inspiration in men’s trucker jackets, the shacket is a perfect piece of transitional outerwear. Our advice: Size up so you can comfortably layer turtlenecks and cardigans underneath. If you want to feel more put together and less like you’re wearing an actual chore jacket, pull the long sleeves up to your elbows and tie a belt around your waist. Oh, and don’t be afraid of moving away from plaid. Some of the best spring jackets for women have fall vibes to them and come in materials like suede, leather, corduroy, and faux fur with sherpa.
The Longline Jacket
Just because the calendar says spring is approaching, doesn’t mean you should forget all about winter coats—especially if you live in a city where it’s guaranteed to be cold through May. Celebs like Hailey Bieber have been sporting sweeping silhouettes for months, and we’re pretty positive they’ll continue to do so even as temps warm up. The trick to making a longline jacket feel “in” right now is by pairing it with coordinating athleisure and mini Uggs. (Designer handbag optional.)
Even though most of us have left our blazers on read for the last year, we’ll never fully split from the style. We’re seeing lots of boyfriend cuts around, so you can stay in your comfort zone (physically speaking) while looking and feeling like your best self. We’re loving Mango’s double-breasted leather version for texture, but chocolate browns and pastel hues are equally fun to style over hoodies, T-shirts, and cashmere pullovers.
The Quilted Jacket
Winter’s biggest coat trend—the puffer jacket—is reimagined for spring as a quilted down. This lightweight iteration has the same utilitarian appeal as a heavy duty rain coat, except it won’t weigh you down (literally…there’s less fill). Pick up Stand’s mint green puffy if you want to manifest blooming trees from now, or invest in a longer style that works seamlessly with leggings or high-waisted jeans. We’re partial to Theory and Cos’ water-repellent raincoats in lieu of more tech-y options like anoraks and parkas.
The Shoulder Shrug
Whether you call them sweater sleeves, shoulder shrugs, or boleros, one thing is for sure: this style will be everywhere in the next few months. The key to nailing this niche trend is by layering it over a tank top, bandeau bra, or slip dress of the same color. Stick to neutrals like grey, cream, or shades of brown for maximum versatility. A shoulder shrug may be not be your typical lightweight jacket, but it’s a great way to shake things up—especially on video calls.
The Belted Jacket
While the idea of belting your coat is are hardly new, we’re pleasantly reminded this year of how cool it looks on any kind of style—denim jackets, bomber jackets, blazers…you name it. Depending on how long the waist belt actually is, fasten it around your midriff with a big bow-like knot to the front, or bind it loosely to the side. Just know that whenever real-life structure feels out of reach, a belted jacket can help you find it.