Top 5 jackets for spring styles

April 2, 2014

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With new summery dresses, skirts and tops starting to appear in stores, lightweight jackets will be useful for chilly spring nights and April showers to come.  Basic, fundamental closet staples, such as rain slickers, are important to have on hand. Plus, there are a few trends that can add variety to any wardrobe while also keeping you warm.

Denim

Denim jackets are known for their classic, comfortable feel and look, and they also match a wide array of outfits. Whether headed to a social gathering in a sundress and sandals or going to work in khakis and a button-up top, denim jackets can almost always complete an ensemble.  Playful light-wash styles with rips and tears display a laid-back look, while fitted, dark-wash pieces are suitable for more professional settings.  H&M carries a particularly diverse collection of jean jackets that is sure to meet anyone’s denim needs ($20-$40).

Patterned Blazer 

Patterned blazers are not quite as dynamic as jean jackets, but add a fun, flirty touch to spring-inspired ensembles.  Layering a solid-colored dress or shirt with a bright floral blazer will add style and liveliness in an outfit.  This style can be found at clothing stores such as ASOS ($42).

Rain

Rain jackets are a must-have in the spring.  Keeping dry during a sudden spring storm can save your day and your outfit. Outdoor wear brands such as The North Face, Patagonia, Columbia, Marmot and Mountain Hardwear have popular options, normally costing around $70. Investing in good repellent wear is a smart idea, considering the unpredictability of precipitation in this city.

Leather

Solid-colored leather jackets are very versatile.  This time-honored multipurpose piece can be the finishing element to a number of looks.  Chances are you will wear this piece often, as it will likely remain in the fashion scene for a while.  Forever 21 offers a variety of faux leather jackets in colors such as black, navy and light pink ($16-$40).

Cardigan

Lastly, cardigans can complement any outfit and are appropriate for any occasion.  Whether  you need to dress a number up or give it a cozy, loose touch, cardigans can do the trick.  Nearly all stores, including Zara and J. Crew, offer this basic in a variety of textiles and colors. For a more affordable option, check out H&M’s selection of knit cardigans that range from $8 to $15.

A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, April 2 print edition. Maggie O’Neill is a staff writer. Email her at bstyle@nyunews.com.

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