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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13 thoughts on “Spring Coat Guide 2018

  1. I love the idea of using a trench coat to run errands after the gym.  I hadn’t thought of that!  Love that anorak raincoat.

  2. Yesterday was my Valentine Spa gift from my Husband. Wonderful, was just what i needed, i am going to schedule a massage for the end of each month to work out some of the kinks from strength training.

    1. Good for you! It really is important. I am also planning to schedule a monthly massage. I usually think of them as more fun than therapeutic, but with the lifting and running I do, I think they’re necessary to keep going.

  3. 3&5 best options for me in savannah 70s & 80’s rest of week. But it could be 35 next week!! Glad you are feeling better.

  4. It’s great seeing how various styled jackets can impact an outfit.  I have a fun bubble umbrella that I love using more than pulling a hood over my head.  I know, I’m crazy, but the umbrella also keeps my handbag dry.  We are having a spring tease with highs in the 70’s for the next 7 days and a slight chance of sprinkles or rain every day.  Enjoy your spa time!

  5. I have a variation of all of these. I would add if you want staying power to not get the frills & ruffles. They will quickly date a garment but if it’s not an expensive one, go for it! 
    Do you get a particular type of facial? I had one last year (deep nourishing) but it didn’t do much for my skin. I guess you need to get them regularly to benefit, 

    1. I usually just tell her to give me what she thinks I need. Haha. I love my esthetician. She’s awesome. I almost always take advantage of the package deals when they have them. This is a series of 4, and they put it together to work together. They build on each other. I really don’t know what kind they are, lol.

  6. Great post! In Denver, we have very little rain and it can stay cold well into the spring. There’s alway s conundrum…It can be really cold in April, but winter clothes (and even 3 season pieces) feel so tired, but often spring weights seem a bit light. (On the bright side, it was 65 degrees yesterday.) 

    I’m excited that anoraks are back. I have a cute dove grey one, not a true anorak, but super cute. And then I have a khaki one, but it’s really more of a windbreaker that packs small. I travel with it, but it usually doesn’t come out of the suit case. I have a fabulous snake print trench coat, but I REALLY need a neutral one. I don’t wear double breasted, so I better start my hunt now! Hope you’re having a great day! 

  7. I need a good rain jacket.  Just got a new jean jacket….dark wash before Fall but haven’t worn it yet.  I agree…I think I’ll wear it most in the Spring or Summer.  I don’t like them with jeans, so will wear with white jeans and dresses I’m sure.  Or like you said blush pants would be nice.  I don’t know why but I have never owned a jean jacket before.  

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