Spring Coat Guide 2018

Hey guys! I hope you all had a nice Valentine’s Day yesterday, whether you did something special with a special someone or just enjoyed a quiet night by the fire watching the Olympics. (I did the latter… my kids and I are really enjoying watching the snowboarding and ice skating this year.)

During my Facebook Live yesterday (catch it HERE if you missed it) I had a request for a post on spring jackets and boots, so I decided to put together a Spring Coat Guide for today!

As with any other season, you probably want several coats or jackets for various purposes. I like to have a jacket for dressy occasions and one or two for my casual daily life, and I need something for rainy days too. Jackets make a fun accessory and provide an extra layer of interest so it’s fun to have a few if budget and closet space allow.

Spring Coat Guide 2018

Here are 5 spring coats you may want to have in your closet this year and what styles and colors are trending.

#1. Anorak/Raincoat

As the saying goes, April shower bring May flowers… and in most areas of the country, we equate spring with a decent amount of rain. We certainly get our fair share here in Pennsylvania, so having something appropriate for wet weather is essential.

I have a trench coat (see #2) but I find myself not wanting to wear it sometimes because it feels too dressy. An anorak or raincoat is the perfect casual alternative. My best tip is to make sure it has a hood so you aren’t obligated to carry an umbrella.


#2. Trench Coat

A classic trench coat is pretty much a given in any list of wardrobe essentials, so I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I’m including it here. This is my solution for dressier occasions when it’s raining or I need a light layer, but a trench coat can be worn as casual wear too. In fact, it is a great way to elevate a simple outfit. Don’t be afraid to pull out your trench and throw it on over jeans and a casual t-shirt or even your gym clothes if you want to elevate your look to run errands after your workout.

Khaki is the traditional color, but black and navy are also classic colors for a trench, and grey is nice too. That said, I love a bright trench coat on a gloomy day. Don’t rule out red or pink or a bright blue. Classic cuts are always in style, but this year ruffles and embellishments are trending.

Here are some different ways I’ve styled trench coats over the years.


#3. Utility Jacket/Fatigue Jacket

The utility jacket or a fatigue jacket has pretty much become a modern day wardrobe essential. These are great for casual wear and look amazing with jeans and a tee or sweater, but you can throw them on over a casual dress as well. Traditionally utility jackets are olive green, but you can find them in other colors too. Often they come in tan or navy, and I have a grey one I like a lot. A camo one is fun to have as well.

The traditional military style is something of a classic at this point, but I’m seeing a lot of variations on the trend (such as the moto style pictured above) which I’m really enjoying right now.

Here are some different ways I’ve styled utility jackets.


#4. Moto Jacket

I debated including this one here, as I usually consider them fall and winter jackets, but I recently added this one in the Blondie color to my closet because I think it will be so lovely for spring. There are also a lot of blush tones in moto jackets right now so I rounded up a few for your consideration. I love the structure these jackets give to an outfit, and these days suede is appropriate year-round. Of course, leather or faux leather are also good options.

Here are some different ways I’ve styled moto jackets.


#5. Denim Jacket

A denim jacket is useful all year ’round, but I probably wear mine most in the springtime. I actually have 3 — a light wash, a dark wash, and a white one. I don’t usually wear my blue jean jackets with blue jeans, but I’ll wear them with white jeans or blush jeans or really any other color.

I like to have a white denim jacket to wear with blue jeans, and it also lightens up black jeans for spring. And of course there are colors as well. I had a coral denim jacket last spring that was fun to wear!

Here are some different ways I’ve styled denim jackets.


I hope that was helpful! Of course not everyone needs all of these, but these are all good styles to consider if you’re feeling like you need another jacket or two to round out your spring wardrobe.

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