Being able to leave the house without being bundled like the Michelin Man is arguably one of the best things about this time of year. Yes, it’s finally time to ditch your parka for a lightweight spring jacket you can layer over all the best new trends, like bomber jackets, colorful leather and even a super chic rain jacket. But, of course, not just any old coat will do; we need something that’s still warm enough to feel comfy on chilly mornings, but not so warm that we’ll be sweating buckets come noon. And that’s all before you even start to consider what trends you most want to try.
22 Lightweight Spring Jackets We’re Adding to Cart (& Wearing) ASAP
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What jacket styles are trending for spring 2023?
There are some silhouettes that will never be out of style—trench coats, denim truckers and leather or faux-leather moto jackets come to mind—but if you want to go the trendy route you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. Bomber jackets are popping up left and right (with plenty of old school varsity styles thrown into the mix) as are cropped cuts, bright colors and plenty of quilted detailing. And while you could 100 percent combine a few of these hot trends into one super-fabulous jacket, we find that combining one trendy element with one timeless element is a better way to ensure you’ll still be pulling that jacket out of your wardrobe next spring, and beyond. For instance, if you love bright colors try a classic silhouette in sunshine yellow or hot pink. Or, if you’re really digging the bomber look, opt for black, navy or kahki green over a trendy print.
Now, onto the good stuff—here are 22 lightweight spring jackets we plan to add to cart ASAP.
Our Top Picks for Lightweight Spring Jackets
Best Updated Classic
- Why We Love It: Timeless silhouette,inclusive size range, machine washable
The combination of the cheery green hue and cropped cut make this jacket feel perfect for transitional spring weather. Plus, the waist has a drawstring so you can cinch it in for a chic, modern twist on the classic barn coat silhouette. Reviews do suggest it runs a little small, so you may want to go up a size or two if you want to wear it over thicker sweaters. The fill is also made from PrimaLoft, a lightweight down alternative made from recycled plastic, for an eco-friendly boost.
Best Denim Trucker
- Why We Love It: Classic wardrobe staple, comes in tall and petite sizes, machine washable
What wardrobe is complete without a classic denim trucker jacket? And you can’t get more timeless than this Old Navy number. The wash is a perfect shade of deep blue with no distressing or exaggerated seams to distract from the impeccable fit. That said, there is little to no stretch to the denim, so although reviews suggest is does run true to size, we highly suggest double checking the size chart before you order.
Best Upgraded Denim
- Why We Love It: Classic wardrobe staple (with a twist), works for multiple seasons
For those looking for a denim jacket that offers a bit more warmth, a fleece-lined option is definitely the way to go. The light wash on this ASOS Curve design helps make it still feel spring-ready, and the slightly longer cut prevents any big gusts of wind from sneaking up your back. As for fit, the denim has very little stretch, so while the site says it runs true to size, you might want to consider going up one if you’re between sizes or prefer a roomier fit.
Best Trench Coat
- Why We Love It: Also comes in classic beige, pockets secure closed with a button, classic wardrobe staple
Yes, this trench also comes in a classic beige hue. But we couldn’t help but smile looking at this rose-colored version, which feels so on the nose for spring. We also love the gathered sleeves and slightly rounded collar for a more feminine silhouette. Reviews suggest is runs just a tad large, perfect for layering sweaters underneath, so take that into consideration if you are between sizes.
Best Faux-Leather Trench Coat
- Why We Love It: Timeless silhouette, looks and feels more expensive than its price tag
Looking for an upgrade to your basic trench coat? This navy blue faux-leather number is exactly the chic boost your spring wardrobe needs. The blue hue is just as versatile as black, but doesn’t feel nearly as heavy. “This coat does not look or feel faux,” writes one reviewer. “It is very soft and comfortable. I received tons of compliments and enjoyed wearing it—highly recommend purchasing it. “ She adds that she found it ran a little large, so she suggests sizing down, but if you plan to wear it over sweaters or even another thin jacket, you might want to stick with your usual size instead.
Best Real Leather
- Why We Love It: Timeless silhouette,made from real leather
This best-selling Madewell jacket may be expensive (real leather usual is), but is well worth the investment according to more than 400 reviewers. It does appear to run a little small in the shoulders, so you may want to go up one from your usual size, especially if you plan to wear anything thicker than your average T-shirt underneath (like a cardigan or thin knit). Per one review, “I'm 5’7”, about 160 lbs., athletic build with broad shoulders. I have been searching for a leather moto jacket for years, however everything I tried on or purchased online was way too tight through the shoulders. I ended up ordering a XL and I could not be happier. It fits perfectly through my shoulders. My other concern was because I’m broad shouldered, would the rest of the jacket fit too big everywhere else, to where I have no shape? Answer: nope! Money very well spent.”
Best Colorful Faux-Leather
- Why We Love It: Comes in 18 different colors, machine washable
If a traditional black leather jacket isn’t really your jam, this faux-leather moto comes in 17 other gorgeous colors. There are additional neutrals, like tan, cream and chocolate brown, as well as bright cherry red, buttercup yellow and the delicate pistachio above. Reviews say it runs true to size, although some petite shoppers found the sleeves to be a bit too long for their taste. That said, pretty much every review raves about how luxe the material looks in person. We highly suggest jumping on this one while it’s 40 percent off.
- Why We Love It: Vintage vibe, machine washable, made from organic cotton
This hooded jacket was inspired by vintage military jackets, but with a modern twist by way of a two-way front zipper, exaggerated hood pulls and both top- and side-entry pockets. The organic cotton material has a heavier feel in person than you might expect, but that just helps it maintain its sleek shape and gives you bonus warmth on chillier spring mornings. Reviewers say it has the perfect oversize fit, even for petites, and that the fabric has just the right amount of give so you can roll the sleeves if you like without feeling stiff or constricted.
Best Rain Jacket
- Why We Love It: Flattering fit, fully waterproof
This super chic rain jacket is fully waterproof and comes in lots of chic colors, earning it something of a cult following. But the real reason we love it so much is the A-line fit. Besides being incredibly comfortable, with plenty of room for your hips, the shape helps guide rain drops down and away from your body, so you’re less likely to wind up with your trousers totally soaked starting at exactly the point where your raincoat ends. “Living in Seattle, a good raincoat is an absolute must,” says Janelle A. “I’ve owned some from great outdoor gear brands, and they do work well, but they’re designed more for hiking or running and not city living. This one is so comfortable, the cut is majorly flattering and I love that the shape encourages water to fall away from me as an added boost. Cannot recommend this coat more highly!”
Best Bomber Style
- Why We Love It: Comes in petite and tall sizes, machine washable, very trendy silhouette
Bomber jackets are set to be one of the biggest silhouettes of the year, and although there are lots of funky versions out there, we still think investing in a simple, classic iteration is the best way to go. This GAP number checks all our boxes with a Goldilocks “cropped, but not too cropped” cut and a slightly luminous finish that makes it look far more expensive. One reviewer raves, “Looks and feels so nice! Warm but not heavy and quality is great as always. True to size and I've already gotten a ton of compliments on it and have owned it for a week!”
Best Varsity Jacket
- Why We Love It: Unisex design,very trendy silhouette
A spin-off of the bomber jacket, varsity jackets are also a cute micro trend for 2023. We love this Adidas style specifically because it has a vintage vibe without being too literal—the sherpa body and cotton sleeves in place of bulky leather give it a modern twist. The fact that it is designed for a unisex fit also rings true to old school varsity jackets, and means this cutie has a slightly oversize fit. That said, if you do want it to be a bit more cropped or slim-fitting, we suggest going a size or two down from your usual.
- Why We Love It: Available in petite sizes, timeless design
Yes, this blazer also comes in classic black, but how could we pass on such a sunny yellow hue? It’s also surprisingly flattering on a wide range of skin tones, and will look great with both neutral hues and bright florals. (There is also a vibrant magenta option for those who want something truly bold.) As for fit, reviews say it definitely runs large—some even suggest going a full two sizes down from your usual—so take that into consideration before you add to cart. Unfortunately, this beauty is dry clean only, but we still think such a classic wardrobe staple is worth the investment.
- Why We Love It: Made from recycled Italian wool, timeless silhouette, also available in black
Wool is both warm and breathable, making it a great fabric choice for unpredictable spring weather. And this Reformation jacket is made from the brand’s proprietary MWool, “a premium recycled wool from Italian mill Manteco,” for an eco-friendly twist. We truly can’t get enough of the off-white hue, which will look gorgeous with just about everything in your wardrobe, from neutral-hued basics to floral midi dresses. Our only gripe? The site lists this beauty as dry clean only.
- Why We Love It: Flattering cut, machine washable
April showers bring May flowers, but really there’s no need to wait all the way til then to embrace the blooms. This mid-length jacket has a gorgeous floral print featuring designs inspired by pink petunias, purple crocus and lots of fresh greenery, that’s both seasonally on-the-nose but not too dainty. The cotton-canvas material does have a bit of stretch to it, and according to reviews fits true to size. Oh, and did we mention it’s machine washable for easy care? Just be sure to lay it flat to dry so the fabric doesn’t shrink or warp in the heat of the dryer.
- Why We Love It: Comes with pockets, trendy design, available in petite sizes
We saw quite a few preppy tweed jackets on the streets during fashion month this past February, so you can expect there to be even more popping up as we head into true spring. This Maeve number is a great combination of classic and fun, with an easy fit that just grazes the hips, fringe along the hem, cuffs and front placket and classic gold-and-pearl buttons. There is also a pink version if you want an Elle Woods vibe that’s cute without being too sickly sweet. One North Carolina-based reviewer writes, “What a great jacket! The details and quality of the construction are everything you’d expect from a high-end piece. Nubby tweed fabric is tightly woven, lining is a better than expected, heavier addition and the buttons are metal with faux pearl accents. I was so pleased to see such attention to detail and level of quality at an affordable price.”
- Why We Love It: Comes in petite sizes, machine washable, made from recycled materials
This preppy cut will always be in style, whether you opt for classic black or olive, or a brighter hue, like orange. The diamond baffles are filled with recycled polyester insulation that’s incredibly lightweight and can be easily packed down to fit into a suitcase or weekender. One reviewer from Amarillo, Texas, writes, “I really like it—the weight and fit are perfect. The pockets also zip so my things feel secure on those days I don’t want to carry a purse.” As for the level of warmth and cut, “Perfect for 50- to 60-degree days. Super sharp silhouette, fitted just enough to not be round or boxy and love that the hem is longer in back” says one Midwestern shopper.
- Why We Love It: Flattering fit, trendy silhouette
For the gal who just can’t shake her beloved plaid shackets, why not try this houndstooth cutie for spring? The beige-and-cream color and cropped cut make it feel much more appropriate for spring than bold plaids. There are also two side pockets in addition to the two breast pockets, and the lightweight material strikes a perfect balance between being warm but not too warm. Reviews say it runs true to size, so go with your usual, then prepare yourself for a wave of compliments.
- Why We Love It: Comes in petite sizes,machine washable, works for outdoor adventures and city excursions
A cozy fleece can 100 percent look fabulous for spring—it’s all about choosing the right cut and color. This cute jacket by L.L.Bean comes in lots of fun, springy hues, like the white with light gray trim as well as a sea green with steel-blue trim, and the snap closures look just as chic buttoned up as they do left undone (should the weather prove warmer than anticipated). Reviews suggest it runs true to size and offers plenty of warmth while still being breathable. Plus it’s both machine-washable and dryer-safe, making cleaning a piece of cake.
Best Classic with a Twist
- Why We Love It: Closes with a zipper and snaps, machine washable
We love a classic with a twist, which is why we totally flipped upon seeing this tan barn coat adorned with honey-colored gems all along the collar. The combination of a utilitarian silhouette with a touch of glitz elevates this stunner, making it feel dressy enough to wear over cocktail dresses or out for drinks. And the cotton material has a wax finish, meaning it won’t get soaked through should you run into an unexpected April rain shower. The site says this jacket is designed for a roomy silhouette, so if you want something more fitted you may want to go down a size.
Best for Colder Climates
Isabel Marant Étoile
- Why We Love It: Versatile silhouette, works for multiple seasons
For those whose springs feature more snow than sun, a cheery fringed shacket can help keep you warm while still feeling seasonally appropriate. And we love the combination of springy hues, like magenta, lilac and sage green. The built-in draped scarf collar looks great left hanging down the front, or you can swing a side (or both) over your shoulder for bonus warmth around your neck. The front closes with a series of hidden buttons, and although we recommend taking this beauty to the dry cleaner, the site suggests you can also hand wash in cold water if you prefer.
Best Lightweight Puffer
- Why We Love It: Great for layering, made from recycled materials, windproof and water repellant
OK, hear us out—we know you’re probably sick and tired of puffer coats by now, but this Patagonia topper is incredibly lightweight and is fantastic for layering under thinner jackets should you find temperatures not quite reaching the heights you’d like. Plus, there are lots of pretty pastel hues to choose from, like dusty rose, pistachio green and Robin’s egg blue, to give this zip-front puff more of a springtime feel. It’s also a phenomenal option for taking on planes so you have something warm to cozy up in en route that won’t take up space in your suitcase or feel totally out of place once you land.
Best Non-Puffer Puffer
- Why We Love It: Machine washable, made from recycled materials
For the gal who wants the warmth and lightweight breathability of a down jacket without actually looking like she’s wearing a down jacket, let this Faherty style be your new favorite pick. “This is a great in between seasons coat,” writes one reviewer. “The color is bright and cheery, but not too much, and this jacket has just the right amount of padding. I don’t like a traditional puffer style and this jacket is more form fitting. Plus there’s plenty of room to layer underneath.” Indeed, multiple reviewers say they found the fit to be pretty oversized (the site does list this jacket as “perfect for layering”) so if you want something more fitted, you may want to go down one from your usual size.
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