Style Hunt: Spring Jackets

Casual outfit with a tweed jacket, tan pants, and cognac leather bag and shoes. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Even though I no longer work in an office, I count jackets among my wardrobe essentials. They can add polish and structure to a casual look, as well as being focal point if desired. (Think color, pattern, texture, shape, details.) And, they can be a lifesaver when the a/c gets cranked up!

Earrings | Watch | Bag | Tee | Pants | Jacket | Shoes

Finding workable jackets for Fall and Winter is usually relatively easy. It can be a bit more challenging finding options for warmer seasons. I’m always on the lookout for Spring jackets that aren’t:

  • black
  • too corporate

And that are:

  • lightweight, comfortable, and breathable
  • versatile (can dress up or down, can be worn indoors and out)
  • travel-friendly (nice, but not a deal-breaker)

Lightweight Spring Jackets

Chambray utility jacket from Banana Republic. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Starting off on the casual side, I’ve found utility jackets to be a practical, easy-to-wear style. But if olive feels too heavy or drab, here’s a nice option in chambray.

Striped linen-blend utility jacket from Rails. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If you prefer a more cropped cut, this is a cute style in a linen-blend fabric. (Though personally, I’d trim off or shorten those dangly bits on the front.)

Striped double-breasted blazer in ivory. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

It’s hard to go wrong with stripes, and I’m seeing a lot of striped blazer style jackets this season. I like the subtle stripe on this double-breasted jacket.

Halogen navy striped jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

On the bolder side, this jacket also incorporates a bit this season’s color trend: yellow. The simple design of this jacket balances the high contrast stripe, and keeps it from looking too busy. Also offered in Plus.

Halogen plus-size topper in pink. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Bright pinks are another big color trend this Spring. This topper adds a fun pop of color, and could be worn casually with jeans, or over a simple dress for a wedding or other event. Also in Misses/Petites.

Nic and Zoe long linen jacket in Sand. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If neutrals are more your preference, here’s another long jacket in a linen blend. While it might appear iridescent from the image here, it actually has an interesting textured finish. Plus-size here.

J.Crew Parke blazer in stretch linen. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I love jackets with a shawl collar, and find them flattering and easy to dress up or down. This one-button style in stretch linen is lined, so it will have a bit more structure, but may also be a bit warmer. Offered in four colors and up to size 20.

Cece tweed moto jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The last tweed moto jacket I featured sold out in a heartbeat, so I’ve been keeping an eye out for more like it. Above, a soft, subtle tweed that can go from the office to a weekend movie date.

Halogen tweed moto jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And a similar style with more color. This one’s available in Plus too.

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Navy knit one button blazer from Three Dots. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s a simple, classic style in a travel-friendly knit.

Caslon linen blazer in white and navy stripe. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Budget friendly! Unlined construction and roll-tab sleeves make this linen-blend, no-close blazer a good choice for warmer days. Several other colors available too. Plus here.

What style of jacket do you wear most often?

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  1. Such a nice selection of spring jackets, Susan. I just bought a navy linen pea coat style with, of all things, horizontal ruffles across the back. Can’t wait to wear it, but, it’s snowing here in Ontario Canada where I live!

  2. Hi Susan – Love your blog and your style. I actually have that Nic & Zoe jacket you feature in your post (cream with pink flecks). It looks fabulous and is more sweater-like in real life. I think this may be the first week I can wear it weather-wise here in the Northeast. Loving all your ideas!

  3. I really like the first one, and it isn’t very expensive. As well as the linen one, but in green. Alas my computer said I couldn’t copy it. I think that green is beautiful. I view greens as summer neutrals in our climate.

    Confess I mostly wear jeans jackets, and my favourite is black, but I’d love one in a colour that isn’t either indigo denim, black or white (I never wear white).

  4. I am drawn to the navy knit blazer. It looks so comfortable and practical.The linen jackets are interesting too. I really don’t have a lot of jackets and think they would be a nice alternative to cardigans or wraps. I think I was afraid that jackets or blazers would create the look of a mismatched or unplanned outfit. But they look great with jeans and probably simple dresses. Thanks, Susan, for always bringing fresh ideas.

  5. We have cool evenings in the summer months, so jackets are a good thing. I have a chambray utility jacket in wide blue and and white stripes that will be put to good use this year.

  6. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
    Yes so very sad. It’s truly a world tragedy. Those images make me heartsick.
    Suz from Vancouver

  7. I can hardly believe what is happening in Paris today. No matter what your religion, Notre Dame was an international symbol of beauty, art, culture and human accomplishment. If someone did this deliberately, it’s an example of hatred so profound I cannot understand it. All of my thoughts are with Paris and the French… in fact, with all of us.

    1. Yes, it’s so terribly sad. Early reports are saying it was an accident related to ongoing renovations. That doesn’t minimize the terrible loss, though.

  8. I purchased the Zoe jackets/ the one with pink flecks. I wore it over a denim dress and felt current and stylish in Nice and Monaco last week. I saw a lot of fitted jackets with the fringe detail.
    A good choice for spring!

  9. Thank you! Jackets are something I’ve really struggled with – for a lot of reasons I am hard to fit in a structured jacket, many less fitted ones overwhelm me, and all that before we’ve even gotten to fabric and color preferences, budget, climate, and availability in the stores. Somehow just seeing so many in one place, all fully styled for real life, not “fantasy fashion” really helped me clarify both what works for me and why as well as what I’m drawn to/repelled by and why.

    And if you could somehow use your Nordstrom “pull” to get them to carry s wider stock in their Austin and San Antonio stores, I’d be so grateful! Few and far between are the links in your posts that are available locally.

    Thank you again!