It’s coming up to spring which means it’s time to revamp your winter wardrobe. Forget heavy puffers and fur-lined parkas.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with outerwear. Grabbing a standard black coat as soon as you head out the door is convenient and doesn’t require much thought. However, for spring you’ll probably want something a little lighter with a bit more tailoring, but versatile enough to go with all your spring outfits.
The Leather Jacket
The leather jacket is an ultimate staple, and one of the most versatile jackets that you can have in your wardrobe. One of the things that’s great about a leather jacket is its versatility. Throw it over a crew neck T-shirt and a pair of ripped skinnies and you’ve got an effortless, grungy look. For something less intense, pair it with a grey hoodie and slim fit jeans to create a casual yet stylish look. You can also go for something a bit more upmarket and match your jacket with a buttoned up oxford shirt and black chinos for a look that’s laid back but put together.
In terms of practicality, a leather jacket is the perfect texture and thickness for spring. It only covers your top half, and is often left unzipped or unbuttoned, meaning there’s little chance of you overheating. However, it’s also great for layering, and a jumper or two can always be added to the mix if the weather takes a turn for the worst. It’s one of those pieces that can pull together any look and amp up your style.
The Bomber Jacket
Hot off the catwalk, designers such as Paul Smith, Christopher Kane, and even McQueen have been promoting the bomber jacket. But there is no need to break the bank, as great dupes have filtered their way down on to the high street.
The bomber jacket is a great and easy way to sharpen up your style. It’s also an alternative to a leather jacket if you feel as though it’s a tad too feminine or streamlined for the look you’re going for. The bomber originated as a heavy-duty flight jacket to protect military pilots, however, throughout the years the fabric has become less weighted and it’s evolved into a lightweight jacket that’s ideal for spring weather.
When it comes to the bomber, there are no rules on pattern or colour. To make an all black outfit more playful you can throw on a patterned bomber and add a bit more variety to the look. Spring is all about introducing colour back into your wardrobe, and what better way to ease you in than a printed jacket that can easily be taken off?
If the idea of a patterned bomber is a little bit painful sounding then there’s always the classic black leather design. This instantly adds an edge to your outfit, and although it might be a little stifling for those sunny spring days, it’ll be perfect thrown over a T-shirt and a pair of slim fit jeans when the weather’s not behaving.
Now this one’s an oldie, but there’s a reason that it’s stayed around for so long. The classic trench is one of those pieces that can slip into any style, and its versatile look is complemented by its lightweight and waterproof fabric. Although it’s a good one to have all regardless of the seasons, it’s especially handy in the spring. With the weather so unpredictable it’s great to have a long coat that’s waterproof and in a design that can be layered up if there’s a cold snap. They also come in both long and short designs, so if you’re not a fan of the classic, billowing look you can opt for a cleaner, shorter style.
There are so many different styles of trenches that can be worn in both a smart or casual way, and you can easily make them fit your individual style. Let’s break it down. A hooded trench is great for practicality, and its long frame and often-detachable hood make it a perfect fit for those rainy days. Throw it on over a pair of joggers and some trainers and you’ve got a simple yet stylish sports-lux outfit.
The classic belted trench in either black, or a light beige is iconic. You might not be up for singing in the rain, but a trench will no doubt ooze style. There is no need to opt for Burberry either – the high street has definitely got it covered. This can look great with a range of outfits, but you can really keep it simple with a pair of slim fit chinos, a wool blended jumper and a pair of loafers for those dry but chilly days.
If waterproof isn’t your thing, a wool blend trench coat is a good option for those days when you need a bit of extra warmth. A neutral grey would suit any occasion and would add an extra edge to a simplistic or formal outfit.
A trench coat is effortlessly stylish and can be paired with almost anything, so it’s a great idea to invest in one that will cover all seasons and fits you like a glove.
For a shorter option (if the length of a trench coat isn’t for you), you could always opt for a men’s safari jacket. The likes of Saint Laurent have recently put safari jackets down the catwalk and while they were originally created for wearing in the bush, they have now become a staple of menswear.
Top 3 Men’s Jackets for Spring
- The bomber jacket – everyone loves a bomber jacket and the likes of Balenciaga and Paul Smith are championing them on the catwalk.
- The leather jacket – probably one of the most versatile choices for spring, a leather jacket can be worn with practically anything.
- The trench coat – Burberry did it first and now you can practically get one from most high street chains or high end designers. Definitely one to invest in.
On That Note
Now that the weather’s started to finally get a little warmer, your choice of outerwear gets that much easier. No more huddling in your familiar old winter coat, it’s time to experiment with colour, design and material. Whether you’re going for a sturdy bomber jacket, a sleek trench coat or a iconic leather jacket, you’ll be sure to be protected from those rainy days while staying cool and looking good.
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