Style | March 1, 2022 12:28 pm

The Best Lightweight Jacket Styles for Spring

From iconic denim jackets to crispy chore coats, these are our favorites for the season

A collage of spring jackets
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With temperate weather rushing in and the coldest season beginning to wave farewell, it’s time to start thinking about your spring wardrobe. Number one on your checklist should be a high-quality lightweight jacket. Yes, it would be nice to jump directly to tees and tanks or shorts and sandals, but the seasonal shift is wrought with unpredictable weather and sudden chills. Thus, a jacket — or perhaps a crazy knit, if you are so inclined — you can trust is essential.

There are all kinds of lightweight jackets that work just fine in the springtime, from shackets and hoodies to the more elegant chore coat and Harrington styles. Below, we’ve highlighted our favorite lightweight jacket styles and chosen one example that best represents each. Find the style that’s just right for you; it’s in there somewhere. 

a model in a front and back shot of a Levis denim jacket

The Denim Trucker JacketLevi’s Sunset Trucker Jacket

Sturdy and full of character, the Levi’s denim jacket is as classic as they come. The Sunset Trucker has some notable updates that make it perfect for spring 2022, namely a fresh, boxy cut with generous proportions for hoodie layering and oversized outfits alike.

a green-grey linen four pocket overshirt on a grey background
Mr. Porter

The ShacketOnia Linen Overshirt

Onia’s Linen Overshirt nails what it means to be a shacket — versatile, lightweight and it goes with virtually anything.

a black leather jacket on a grey background
Taylor Stitch

The Leather JacketTaylor Stitch The Moto Jacket

Spring is also a great time to bust out old faithful — that is, your go-to leather jacket. In the event you don’t have one, the Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket is the our go-to. Sure, at a grand it’s a real investment, but the payoff is looking like a badass rockstar for the rest of your life.

a blue linen track jacket on a grey background

The Track JacketVuori Venture

Vuori’s fitness-inspired Track Jacket is designed to move with you, which is just part of why we love it so much. Constructed from a linen-like material, it’s the right amount of swoosh-y (you feel it, but you don’t hear it), and shrugs of some nasty winds with ease.

a lavender blouson on a grey background

The BlousonUniqlo U Oversized Hooded Blouson

Not to be confused with a blouse, a blouson often refers to a lightweight jacket with additional material over the chest. The new Uniqlo U Oversized Jacket is the best one we’ve seen.

A black square workwear jacket on a grey background
Abercrombie & Fitch

The Work JacketAbercrombie & Fitch Relaxed Workwear Jacket

Workwear is all the rage, and few strike the balance of affordability and quality like Abercrombie.

model shots of a red Harrington jacket

The HarringtonBonobos Harrington Jacket

The Harrington is a classic style — a zip jacket with double pockets and a clasp collar, Bonobos’ fiery red version is among the best around.

a model in a black Legends Bomber Jacket

The Bomber JacketLegends Carson Bomber Jacket

Legends is a relatively new brand on our radar, but their Carson Bomber Jacket feels perfect for spring. Airy but wind-resistant, it’s the middle of the “sporty-to-cool” Venn diagram.

A green chore coat on a grey background

The Chore CoatWallace & Barnes Selvedge Chino Chore Coat

The chore coat has become increasingly popular, mostly because of it’s utility and versatility.

A suede zip jacket on a grey background
Ralph Lauren

The Suede JacketPolo Ralph Lauren Suede Jacket

Old-timey? Yes. But in the best possible way? Also yes. A suede jacket from PRL is the way to go.

A black denim chore coat on a grey background
Todd Snyder

The New-Age Denim JacketTodd Snyder Denim Chore Coat

Todd Snyder consistently tops our list for … well, most things. The Americana brand has established itself as the premier retailer for elevated basics like this.

a light blue hoodie on a grey background

The Not-A-Jacket JacketOuterknown Blanket Hoodie

Okay, so this is not a jacket. We’re fully aware. But it’s also the single comfiest layer we could think of, so we’ll let it slide.

a beige coaches jacket on a grey background
End. Clothing

The Coach’s JacketFear of God Essentials Coaches Jacket

The FOG Coach’s Jacket skews decidedly casual, but with some hype sneakers and a good graphic tee, it’s a killer.

a double shot of the from and back of a model in a blue blazer

The Sport CoatLululemon New Venture Blazer

Rarely would we describe a sport coat as flexible, but Lululemon continues to innovate and impress with their Venture tech.

A light blue Rainjacket on a grey background

The Rain JacketColumbia WaterTight II

Pound for pound, Columbia’s rain jacket is the best weatherproof layer we could find. There are fancier jackets, there are warmer jackets, but the WaterTight II is just that, and for $100, you’re not going to find anything better.

a high-buttoning beige cashmere jacket on a grey background
Mr. Porter

The Luxury JacketLoro Piana Cashmere Jacket

There are luxury jackets, and then there are luxury jackets. This Loro Piana Cashmere joint may be pushing 6 Gs, but that won’t stop us from dreaming about all the looks we could hit with this bad boy.