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Being able to leave the house without being bundled like the Michelin Man is arguably one of the best things about spring. Yes, it’s finally time to ditch your parka for a lighter option that you can wear with all of the spring trends, like combat boots, futuristic cutouts and nap dresses. But, of course, not just any old coat will do; we need something that’s still heavy enough to keep us warm on chilly mornings, but not so heavy that we’ll be sweating buckets come noon. Here, 19 spring jackets and coats that strike that perfect balance. Oh, and they’re all under $230.

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Eloquii

1. Colorful Moto

Eloquii Faux-Leather Moto Jacket

Both leather and faux-leather are surprisingly warm materials, making them a great option for cooler spring mornings and evenings. But rather than reaching for your go-to black moto, yet again, why not shake things up this year? Try something in a more interesting color, like muted teal, delicate lilac or even hot pink, for a modern vibe.

Buy it ($150)

Available in sizes 14 to 28

Nordstrom

2. Colorblocked Trench Coat

BB Dakota Say You Twill Trench Coat

There are good reasons why the trench coat has become the ultimate spring jacket—the longer length covers your torso, bum and your upper leg for added warmth, while the cotton fabric is breathable enough to prevent overheating. That and they always look incredibly chic, with an old Hollywood flair. This utilitarian take on the British classic has just enough weather resistance to get you comfortably through a few unexpected sprinkles, but don't count on it to see you through a true rainstorm.

Buy it ($139)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Nordstrom

3. Solid-Hued Shacket

BP Shirt Jacket

The shacket—a combination shirt and jacket—was one of the biggest trends of fall 2020 and it doesn’t look like the hype will be dying down just yet. A good way to transition this woodsy style from autumn to spring is with a solid-colored version, like this pale pink number.

Buy it ($49)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

Anthropologie

4. Longline Shacket

If By Sea Bobbie Plaid Shirt Jacket

On the other hand, you could always try a lighter plaid or checked version as well. This knee-grazing shacket offers more warmth than the usual cropped style, which makes it a better option to wear over dresses or skirts. You can also add a belt for some extra waist definition, if you prefer.

Buy it ($178)

Available in sizes XS to 3X, also Petite

Backcountry

5. Packable Rain Jacket

Backcountry Daintree Rain Jacket

April showers bring May flowers, but first they bring a lot of frustration with unreliable weather reports. Rather than having to tote around an umbrella everywhere you go, just stick a lightweight, packable rain jacket in your bag or backpack that can be pulled out at the first sign of precipitation.

Buy it ($100; $55)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

Nordstrom

6. Water-Resistant Swing Jacket

Gallery Hooded Rain Jacket

Of course, not every spring storm is unexpected, so we highly suggest investing in a cuter, less-sporty rain jacket you can wear all day without compromising your outfit. This easy hooded coat will go with just about everything in your wardrobe and is incredibly comfortable. Plus, the wide swing cut drives rain droplets away from your legs even past the hem.

Buy it ($185; $125)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Nordstrom

7. Belted Denim Jacket

Levi’s Safari Denim Jacket

You can pretty much never go wrong with a good denim jacket, but we’re partial to more unexpected silhouettes than your average trucker. This safari style, which also comes in white denim, is just as easy to wear and can even be worn over dark-wash or black jeans. The belt is also removeable or can be swapped out for contrasting brown leather, floral cotton or even silver rhinestone options.

Buy it ($188)

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

The North Face

8. Neon-Trimmed Fleece

The North Face Cragmont Fleece

Ask any regular hiker and they’ll tell you that a good fleece jacket is one of the absolute best layering options to get you through those random spring cold snaps in comfort. But even for those who don’t plan on exploring the great outdoors, the textured fabric both looks and feels great. The neon touches on this snap-up jacket make it feel more city-appropriate, and it’s also thin enough to layer under another topper if you want some additional warmth.

Buy it ($149)

Available in sizes XS to 3XL

Nordstrom

9. Leather and Shearling Long Jacket

Topshop Elisa Reversible Faux-Shearling Coat

The combination of leather and faux-shearling might seem too heavy for March afternoons, but just because it’s technically spring doesn’t mean Mother Nature is necessarily ready to stop with those sub 40-degree days. Rather than reach for your trusty Amazon coat, once again, refresh your wardrobe with something a little more stylish but no less warm. This Topshop number has the added benefit of being reversible, so you can flip it inside and out whenever you want to switch things up.

Buy it ($170)

Available in sizes 0 to 14

Eloquii

10. Cropped Safari Jacket

Eloquii Cinched Waist Jacket

The belt on this cropped coat may not be removeable but that doesn’t mean you can’t style it a multitude of different ways. Cinch your waist by tying it together in a knot or bow, leave it loose for a less fitted silhouette, or do as the model here has done and knot the ends in place for a nipped-in effect that won’t feel tight or constrict your movement.

Buy it ($100)

Available in sizes 14 to 28

Anthropologie

11. Robe Coat

BB Dakota Annmarie Quilted Duster Jacket

We’ve spent most of the past year figuring out how to make our favorite stay-at-home clothing feel appropriate for activities outside the house, as well as any and every virtual event on our calendars. Which is why we expect to see lots of easy robe coats, like this quilted version, this spring, worn over sweatsuits and real suits (should we ever return to an office).

Buy it ($138)

Available in sizes XS to 3X

American Eagle Outfitters

12. Longline Denim Jacket

AE Oversized Boyfriend Denim Jacket

The idea of returning to an old standby can be mighty appealing, especially on days when we just don’t know what to wear. But even the slightest alterations can make a world of difference for our final outfits. Take this longline denim jacket, for instance—it has all the same versatility and ease of a classic trucker, but feels more like a true coat thanks to that added length.

Buy it ($80; $60)

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

Nordstrom

13. Classic Trench

London Fog Double-Breasted Trench Coat with Removable Hood

Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and pretty much every other old Hollywood superstar would agree: you can never go wrong with a classic trench. We love the large contrasting buttons and removeable hood on this London Fog variation, plus the fact that it’s weather-resistant. Oh, and did we mention it’s also machine washable?

Buy it ($168; $125)

Available in sizes S to XL

Everlane

14. Swing Coat

Everlane The Mac Coat

The Mac is one of Everlane’s best-selling jackets, year after year, as its comfortable, chic silhouette that works with everything from boyfriend jeans to floral frocks to tailored trousers. It’s also water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about getting caught in a drizzle unprepared.

Buy it ($130)

Available in sizes 00 to 16

L.L.Bean

15. Colorblocked Anorak

L.L.Bean Mountain Classic Anorak

Sometimes we want a jacket that can blend in, with both the rest of our outfit and a crowd at large, but other times we prefer something that truly pops. This multi-colored anorak is fun and fresh (and comes in two other color combinations) and was made to stand out. It was also, technically, made for outdoor adventures, offering both wind and water resistance, but we’d be just as happy wearing it for a stroll through the park or to sit outdoors at our favorite local coffee shop.

Buy it ($69)

Available in sizes XS to 3X, also Petite

Anth

16. Floral and Denim Shacket

Pilcro and the Letterpress Abigail Quilted Shirt Jacket

Spring and fall often bring about many of the same outwear concerns, so it’s a real thrill any time we stumble upon a coat that could easily work for both seasons. The floral pattern on this shacket gives it a pretty springy vibe, while the dark-wash denim and sepia tones lend a more autumnal feeling.

Buy it ($178)

Available in sizes XS to 3X, also Petite

Madewell

17. BLACK-AND-WHITE PLAID

Madewell Walton Shirt-Jacket in Colleton Plaid

This black and white pattern is much lighter in hue than other red, brown and green plaids and is easier to pair with dainty florals and other light-colored prints. Avoid wearing it with too many other black pieces and you’ll still look totally seasonally appropriate for spring.

BUY IT ($228)

Available in sizes M to 3X

Nordstrom

18. Sporty Anorak

Volcom Wind Stoned Jacket

Another great black-and-white option, but this time with a much sportier vibe. Slip into this chic anorak on windy days or to wear on your way to and from the gym without sacrificing style points. As an added bonus, it’s also weather-resistant and can be folded up and fit into a small pocket in your purse or gym bag if you suddenly find you want another layer.

Buy it ($50)

Available in sizes 12W to 24W

J.Crew

19. Classic Denim Jacket

J.Crew Denim Jacket in Brilliant Day Wash

No spring jacket list would be complete without a classic denim topper. They go with literally everything in your closet—jeans, floral frocks, tailored suits, sequin cocktail dresses, your wedding dress—and don’t require any special care or keeping (just toss ‘em in the wash every now and then and lay flat to dry). It may not be the most exciting choice of outerwear, but a good denim jacket will never let you down.

Buy it ($110)

Available in sizes XXS to 3X

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