The Best Lightweight Jacket Styles for Spring
From iconic denim jackets to crispy chore coats, these are our favorites for the season
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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.
The Denim Trucker Jacket – Levi’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.
The Shacket – Onia Linen Overshirt
Onia’s Linen Overshirt nails what it means to be a shacket — versatile, lightweight and it goes with virtually anything.
The Leather Jacket – Taylor 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.
The Track Jacket – Vuori 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.
The Blouson – Uniqlo 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.
The Work Jacket – Abercrombie & Fitch Relaxed Workwear Jacket
Workwear is all the rage, and few strike the balance of affordability and quality like Abercrombie.
The Harrington – Bonobos 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.
The Bomber Jacket – Legends 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.
The Chore Coat – Wallace & Barnes Selvedge Chino Chore Coat
The chore coat has become increasingly popular, mostly because of it’s utility and versatility.
The Suede Jacket – Polo 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.
The New-Age Denim Jacket – Todd 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.
The Not-A-Jacket Jacket – Outerknown 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.
The Coach’s Jacket – Fear 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.
The Sport Coat – Lululemon New Venture Blazer
Rarely would we describe a sport coat as flexible, but Lululemon continues to innovate and impress with their Venture tech.
The Rain Jacket – Columbia 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.
The Luxury Jacket – Loro 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.
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