This year, it seems to be taking a while for the showers to turn into flowers -- or for the snow to turn into showers. We’re really glad it’s finally warming up, though, because this year’s trends in midweather jackets feature lots of modern updates on well-worn basics that we’re excited to try out.
Via Spiga Studded Faux Leather Trench You know, the trenchcoat’s had a really odd history. It was originally invented by Thomas Burberry (yes, that Burberry) for officers during the First World War, and was later appropriated by Goth culture and Neo from The Matrix. That’s why this pastel faux leather version is such a pleasant surprise. We love how they’ve updated the classic women’s trench with youthful, rounded studs on the collar. The silver color is subtle yet stunning, but for a more daring option, check out the soft, eggshell blue. Pairs wonderfully with a classic spring floral print outfit and kitten heels.
Jack by BB Dakota French Terry "Jean" Jacket Spring fashion doesn’t have to be all frills, florals, and fuss. As you heard in last week’s Image Radar, simple chic is coming back with the warm weather. This jacket is the epitome of no-fuss cool: the open front and side pockets make it a convenient throw-on piece for when you need to run out the door, but stylish asymmetry make it easier to incorporate into a dressier look. Pair with statement sunglasses and an imperfect ponytail for a casual look that’s practical, but glamorous.
Sara Berman Mini Deni Leather Jacket I feel as though many professional women are afraid of styles that seem to have their roots in rebellion, and the biker jacket is one of those trends. It’s a shame, because I think their shape is really flattering -- they’re perfect for adding structure to a more soft or flowy ensemble. Thankfully, you won’t feel like a grungy adolescent in this piece by Sara Berman. White leather instead of black tones down the motorcycle vibe of the jacket’s cut. Also, wearing the asymmetrical front zip closed also gives it a cute collar that is definitely more polished than punk.
DKNY Roll-Sleeve Anorak Of course, picking up a good anorak you won’t get sick of is always the smartest investment for spring, but they’re not always so flattering. Pick up this DKNY jacket with cleverly placed toggle details to adjust the fit and cinch of the waist, collar, and back hem, plus snap tabs to simply and easily roll the sleeves. It comes in three shimmery colors -- basic black, cobalt blue, and suave fuschia -- and a detachable hood and snap-flap pockets round out its practical features. Convenient, comfortable, and cute.
Vince Camuto Amber Utility Jacket The utility jacket has certainly made a comeback this year, with the return of rough-and-tumble military chic. However, you don’t have to feel sloppy and boyish in an insanely practical jacket. This Vince Camuto piece takes the function of the traditional army coat and marries it to all of the refined detailing of a professional blazer, pairing oversized pockets and an adjustable waistband with a tailored fit, neutral hues, and a pretty collar.