Seriously, how good does it feel to stash that bulky down parka away? Every time I open my closet, I say a tiny prayer to the weather gods expressing my gratitude that I don’t have to put that thing on for another six or seven months.
The nice thing about winter though is that you don’t have to think too much about what coat you’re going to throw on when you head out the door. With spring comes decisions, since different occasions and variable call for different options. Don’t stress, though. We found seven essential jackets that will get you through spring looking stylish.
THE CHORE COAT: VETRA #4 JACKET
Add the right amount of Euro flair to your spring wardrobe with this traditional French chore coat in deep indigo. Inspired by workwear, this coat is built to take a beating and the more you wear it and break it in, the more the cotton takes on a great patina. It has three patch pockets insure that you’ll always have plenty of room to stash your keys and phone and won’t have to fuss to retrieve them.
THE JEAN JACKET: JEAN SHOP
It really should be a law that every American male own a denim jacket. (To be fair, they look damn fine on women as well.) Jean Shop’s iteration utilizes the same 13.5-ounce selvedge denim that it uses in its prized jeans. The rudimentary leather patch on the back of the jacket adds to its character.
THE HARRINGTON JACKET: BARACUTA G9
The Baracuta G9 is one of those jackets that will never go out of style. It effortlessly blends a street sensibility with a preppy aesthetic. And, oh yeah, friggin’ Steve McQueen wore one. The shell is water resistant so you won’t be SOL if it starts to rain and this version, a collaboration with Japanese brand Edifice, features an elegant blue and white striped lining from shirtmaker Thomas Mason.
THE WINDBREAKER: BATTENWEAR BEACH BREAKER
Also known as a coaches jacket, this version from Battenwear is ideal for those mornings where there’s a little chill in the air. The shell is wind and water resistant and the lining is a soft flannel. It also has a detachable hood for more extreme conditions.
THE BOMBER: ZARA LINEN
There’s no doubt that bomber jackets are trending right now with designers offering up all manner of interpretations of the iconic military style. This white linen version from Zara is lightweight enough that you’ll be able to wear it throughout the summer. You might have a challenge keeping it clean, but that’s what bleach is for.
THE VEST: PATAGONIA NANO PUFF
When you’re holding this vest it literally feels like you’re holding air. It’s that light. But it provides plenty of warmth and makes for a great layering piece under a suit jacket or over a T-shirt. And if it ever gets too warm you can pack it into the chest pocket that doubles as a stuff sack.
THE TRENCHCOAT: SANDRO DOUBLE-BREASTED
Rain is a constant threat in spring. Luckily this double-breasted trench from Sandro has you covered. Not too long and not too short, it features all of the classic details packaged in a sleeker, more modern design. This coat looks so sharp you’ll want to wear it even when it isn’t raining. (Just play dumb and blame it on your crappy weather app.)