Flowers are in bloom and baseball's back on ESPN. That's right, we're officially in the throes of spring, even if parts of the country are still mired in teeth-chattering temps. This is the one time of year in which the lightweight jacket is essential: you want outerwear that's versatile, with enough weight to protect you from the occasional gust of wind, but light enough for comfortable wear even when the afternoon sun peeks out from behind the clouds. We've rounded up 10 lightweight jackets for spring, offering good looks to go along with an easy functionality. Check them out in the following pages, and take on transitional weather in confident style.
This deceptively simple jacket is built with waterproof Italian technical cotton, with details that include an adjustable hood with metal-tipped drawstrings, as well as elasticated cuffs and a drawstring hem for a snug fit. Large flap patch pockets maintain the sleek, minimalist aesthetic for which A.P.C. is famous.
What makes this military-inspired jacket stand out from the pack is the vintage treatment, which makes the garment look like something salvaged from the trenches. Leave it to Hiroki Nakamura to finish the piece with a unexpected details, like the cotton-linen blend exterior shell and vegetable-dyed ivory buttons.
A reissue of the classic 1985 Mountain Jacket, but made better with a modern update. The waterproof Gore-Tex build is fortified with the color blocked areas on the shoulders, cuffs and back of the sleeves, constructed from a nylon that's 200 percent more durable than the rest of the jacket.
Engineered Garments mastermind Daiki Suzuki takes his love for traditional workwear to create a utilitarian blazer, one with nice lived-in feel for a rumpled gentility. The exterior patch pockets add to the piece's casual functionality, while the ripstop fabrication offers superior durability.
Casual bomber styling combines with a host of technical benefits to withstand the season's inclement weather. Gore-Tex keeps the wearer dry and light fleece insulation provides warmth, while ergonomic sleeve designs deliver ease of movement.
The best of both worlds: 3-layer Japanese nylon with precision cut panels and fully taped seams, along with YKK VT-9 waterproof zippers, make this jacket impervious to the elements. They combine with a straightforward aesthetic that makes the garment a street-ready, versatile piece for everyday wear.
The Baracuta G9 Harrington is truly iconic, with a classic zip-front design that cuts across genres and sociological strata: everyone from Ivy Leaguers to mods to movie idols have slipped on the flattering jacket. A new collaboration with Japan's Isetan adds a new twist to a tried and true formula, replacing the familiar tartan lining with a Liberty floral print.
A classically styled hooded shell, the Dixon Jacket from Carhartt WIP is constructed from water-resistant polyester with a trio of zippered exterior pockets and adjustable cuffs and drawstring hem. But the main draw here is the unique camo finish, one that makes the wearer stand out instead of blending in.
Japan's Beams Plus takes the military-inspired M65 and confers a novel twist through the addition of tonal patchwork paneling. A modern slim-fit silhouette is equipped with a stow-away hood and shoulder epaulets to complete the utilitarian look.
Norse Projects' Kyle Dy Canvas Jacket is constructed with the sort of simple lines to create an effortlessly versatile piece, making it suitable for any occasion and setting. The cotton linen blend makes for a highly breathable fabrication, while the zip chest pocket and large corozo buttons confer an added depth of character.