REMEMBER THE DAYS when shopping for a new spring coat was a rite of the season? I recall a navy blue double-breasted gabardine coat with silver buttons and epaulets that I had light-years ago. It was ideal for April’s famously iffy weather—and not just those storied rain showers. Days can be downright damp and chilly, requiring an added layer of protection. Although almost no one refers to them as “spring” coats or jackets any longer, we’ve found a big selection of these season-appropriate toppers to choose from.
Style arbiter par excellence Yves Saint Laurent said it was an essential in any woman’s wardrobe. This year’s models are oversize, and some feature the stylized sleeves that are the season’s ubiquitous look. I’m in lust with Simone Rocha’s puffed-sleeve version, although it’s probable I’ll opt for one more classic and far less pricey, which won’t lead to hysterics when it gets caught in a car door.
Coats in color
Bright pops of color and pastels are a welcome addition to spring’s offerings. Think yellow, red and pink, the hue du jour. No one will notice or care what you’re wearing underneath. The same reasoning applies to trench coats.
Leather moto jackets, bombers, windbreakers and lightweight puffers are a no-brainer for fickle temps, easy to casually slip on over dresses and pants. The ones we favor are in comeback army green or a camouflage print. Note: Olive is neutral and will tame the exuberance of the season’s popular florals. Another springtime staple, the denim jacket, also has a new vibe—embroidered, appliquéd, jewel-studded, ruffled or a fanciful combination of embellishments.
See the slide show above for the favorites we’ve got our eye on.
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