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I’ll argue that spring is probably the only good season to dress for. During winter, you’re usually too wrapped up in layers or your one gigantic puffer coat. And summer? It’s fun and cute until it’s not (a.k.a. too hot to even think about your outfit). But spring? Perfect. The weather is just right. We love her. Most days, you can wear your shorts and cute dresses and all you need to top it all off and fend off the afternoon breeze is a light jacket.
Below, we found trends you might already have in your closet, pieces you can thrift, and plenty of other options you can add to your cart and wear forever.
Leather jackets are far from a trend, but each season brings on a newer iteration of the textile. This time around: distressed and oversize. Think leather bombers that look like one-of-a-kind vintage finds or boxy, structured jackets that look as if they’ve been washed with sandpaper. What looks old is new again. Credit this to Miu Miu, whose boxy, faded leather jacket sent the TikTok girls into a frenzy.
Spend a little more for something that will last a while. This leather jacket from Free People comes in eight different colors, so you can opt for classic black or something as bold as bright pink.
Few things in life are perfect, but this jacket might be. The very soft, slightly faded bomber has a relaxed fit and is a bit cropped, so you can layer it over button-downs and sweaters without it feeling too bulky.
A slightly more affordable leather option in a cool wash with a very oversize fit. Plus, according to reviewers, it’s not too heavy.
Save yourself the trouble of reading through TikTok comments. If you’ve seen anyone wearing this trend, it was probably this jacket. While it’s a pretty trendy piece now, we think you’ll still get a decent amount of wear out of it.
Again, Miu Miu is at the forefront of the trend. Yes, gorpcore is back. Maybe it’s the sudden and overwhelming influx of “quiet luxury,” but many jackets on the runway were surprisingly understated and pretty practical. Save for Miu Miu’s silk jackets, Hermès showed utilitarian neutrals you could probably wear camping (if you had thousands of dollars to spare), and at Sandy Liang, cotton chino twill was the fabric of choice. We love a practical fashion moment.
Solid beige, 100 percent cotton, and big pockets? Form and fashion, baby. This is one jacket you’ll get a lot of use out of.
If you have the means to spend a little more, why not? You’ll be wearing this for a while. Toteme is the way to go for understated and luxe pieces. This cream-colored piece is made of organic fabric and has a bit of a boxy fit for pairing with lightweight button-downs.
It really doesn’t get more gorpcore than a water-resistant anorak made of recycled plastic bottles. It’s a little oversize with features that are, again, all about form and function, such as zippers and cords to adjust the sizing and cinch the waist.
Keeping it super-simple and minimal, this nylon jacket is great for layering.
Get the trend directly from the source. With a high neck and relaxed fit, it’s perfect for pairing à la Sandy Liang with soft shapes. It also comes in camo if you’re into that.
Athleisure has fully integrated into our wardrobes. We’re still very much dressing up sweatpants and wearing jerseys as shirts. It’s only a matter of time until jersey dresses make a return, too! The look you can get into now? Track jackets. And you probably already own one. The sporty silhouette is fashion’s favorite thing to reimagine. While you can’t go wrong with the classic, we’ve picked a few fun versions.
With a splurge, you really have to calculate cost per wear. Because this Gucci jacket is reversible, it’s basically two jackets in one — so you can divide that in half. We won’t bore you with the math. The jacket is equal parts luxe and sporty if you like a high-low look with your outfits.
If you want to spend a little less but, you know, still a lot, opt for this zip jacket instead. It’s relaxed enough to pair with track pants or jeans but still luxe enough to dress up a little.
Slightly more subtle and still pretty neutral, this Wales Bonner jacket has a slouchier fit we really love.
Or if you prefer bright colors, opt for this vintage-inspired top.
Another fashion take on the track jacket. This one from Puma features an exaggerated collar that looks cool but is also functional for colder spring days.
Has the interest in Formula 1 racing sparked a fashion trend? Even if you’re not into motorsports, you have to admit the jackets add a cool factor to any outfit. Spotted on Rihanna, Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid, and, most recently, Drake, racing jackets are fairly easy to thrift and even easier to find.
Etsy, Poshmark, and eBay are going to be great sources with the right keywords. Start by trying out racing jacket if you want that vintage look and oversize fit.
A good option if you love the shape and style but don’t want the brand labels. The faux-leather option has very limited sizing but an oversize fit.
Lean into labels just a little with a more formfitting jacket. This one from Mowalola is cute while still being minimal, so you can wear it with almost anything.
Label free but still very flashy. This Lioness faux-leather jacket is ideal if you like brighter colors and sexier silhouettes.