Trend to Try: Short Jacket for Spring

I’m working on an update to my Spring Coat Guide for 2023, but in the meantime, I wanted to show you one of my favorite spring jacket trends this year.

This is definitely a season of extremes because not only are longline coats trending, but so are the shorter cropped styles.

The LOFT Modern Rain Jacket caught my eye when I was shopping in-store. I love this gorgeous shade of green. With bright colors trending this spring, this makes a nice topper to my neutral outfits, but it also makes a fun contrast worn over other lights and brights.

I really like the raglan sleeves and snap flap pockets, and it has a bit of a swingy shape, which is fun. It also has an attached hood, in case you forget your umbrella. (I never carry an umbrella, so hoods on my rain jackets are a must!)

I styled this jacket two ways for this post. First, over a colorful striped sweater with off-white wide-leg pants and clogs.

LOFT Modern Rain Jacket (S) // Everlane The Organic Wide-Leg Pant (8) // stripe sweater (S) // Kork-Ease clogs (8) // goldtone hoops // Tory Burch handbag

The sweater is from Gap Factory, so it’s a great price point. I love the colors, and it’s 100% cotton, which is great for those who like natural fibers and can’t wear wool. It’s true to size; I’m wearing a small.

And these are the organic wide leg pants from Everlane. They probably look better with a more form-fitting top or one that is tucked in, but I don’t mind this look. I think it works because of the low contrast between the bone-colored pants and the ivory background of the sweater.

I’ve had some questions about clogs and if they’re trending again this spring, and I certainly hope so!

I haven’t seen them listed on most of the spring trends lists, but I think that’s because they’re a carry-over from the last few seasons. I plan to continue wearing mine. They’re the perfect transition shoe with bootcut jeans and wide leg pants that require a heel.

My second look is a little more laid-back and casual. I wore the same green jacket over a pink thermal top with blue jeans and white sneakers.

LOFT Modern Rain Jacket (S) // MOTHER denim (29) // SUNDRY thermal top (S) // VEJA sneakers (39) // LV Graceful PM // YSL sunnies (similar for less) // earrings c/o

I love the contrast of the bright green and the pigment dyed pink. White jeans would be really nice with this outfit, but I went for a medium wash blue to keep it more casual and not quite so bright.

The SUNDRY pigment thermal top is one of my new favorites. It’s the perfect beyond-basic top to level up a casual jeans and sneakers look, which is basically what I live in these days.

And these jeans are the MOTHER Tomcat, a crop straight style with a 10 3/4″ Rise, 26″ Inseam, and 14″ Leg Opening. Those are the measurements according to the MOTHER website. You can also find this exact pair at Anthropologie and Shopbop.

I like how they’re a little more relaxed than my MOTHER Dazzlers, due to the slightly wider leg opening and slightly shorter length. It’s a nice style for summer.

I’m always on the lookout for similar denim styles for less, and I found this pair at Gap Factory. The regular has a 28.5″ inseam, but you can order the short length if you want them to be more cropped, like the pair I’m wearing here.

I wore my white VEJAs with the subtle beige logo and carried a light-colored bag to keep the look light and bright for spring, and my mixed metal earrings are from Victoria Emerson.

These are a really nice pair of everyday earrings. They’re lightweight and small but a little more interesting than a simple pair of hoops or studs, which are my two go-to styles for casual looks.

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13 thoughts on “Trend to Try: Short Jacket for Spring

  1. You’ve embraced the looser fit jeans/pants. I just still feel frumy if my jeans are too loose. Too many years of skinnies I guess. I’ve also been trying to add more color to my closet since last Spring. You look great in the green in your jacket.

  2. What a great rain jacket and such a pretty color on you! Like you, I hope that clogs will be on trend this spring.

  3. Hello,

    I am ew to your blog, thanks to Tania.

    I love your sunglasses, can you let me know the brand please.

    Thank you!

  4. Love the outfits! My favorite the striped Sweater with the white pants. I’m really hoping that the clogs are trending this year. I love mine. Gap and Gap Factory are becoming my new go too stores as well as ordering. Very reasonable and so classic. They also fit well. I’m 73, very active and always try to be put together. Your blog helps me do this with out being frumpy or trying to look young, just looking good. When I get compliments from my husband, I know it’s working. Thanks for this blog, you’re the best!! Have a Great Day!!🌞🌷

      1. Ditto to Linda’s comments, I’m 72 but not ready for ole’ lady clothing yet but don’t want to look like I’m trying too hard to look younger either, just good classic pieces to brighten up. Will have to try ordering from Gap too. Thanks for all your hard work, really helps cut down on searching for cute clothes. Love the shorter rain jacket and the color is great.

  5. Cute jacket and a great color! However, I’m wondering if short jackets will make me look cut in half? I’m 5’1” and a petite build. I’m also not crazy about the swing style. If it’s a “rain jacket” there is too much exposure to rain.

  6. The Everlane wide leg is growing on me. The raincoat is very cute; I love the color. But I just purchased the North Face jacket you showed and I love it. I have a nice LLBean raincoat, but it’s royal blue and doesn’t always go with everything. Thank you for the tip!

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