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5 Best Spring Jackets Every Guy Needs

Lightweight but Heavy on Style

For spring, we’re helping guys find clothes that never stop evolving, because your life never stops changing. Let us help you build a wardrobe with a not-so-simple purpose: to make your life better.

Below, the best spring jackets every guy needs this season:

1. Denim Jacket

Uniqlo, $40

Why a denim jacket is an essential:

Much like jeans, the denim jacket will never go out of style. Also like jeans? You’ll probably find that your collection grows over time. From faded light-wash styles to more formal selvedge styles in a dark rinse, there’s a denim jacket for every occasion.

The perfect fit:

When trying on a denim jacket, the fit should be just a little snug (room enough to layer a sweater or sweatshirt underneath, but not much more) and hit just at, or above, the hips. The reason for a more tailored fit? Since the jacket is already casual, you want it to read as still pulled-together, not sloppy.

How to Wear it:

Contrast is king. Meaning? Yes, you can wear your denim jacket with jeans, so long as the shades are different. If you’re worried about the “Canadian tuxedo” look, start with black jeans and a blue jacket, and go from there.

We also love a denim jacket with chinos, in any color, really. You can even treat a denim jacket like a sport coat by pairing it with dress pants and a shirt and tie. This is where the clean, slim silhouette comes into play. Too baggy, and it won’t look right.

2. Harrington jacket

Uniqlo, $50

Why a Harrington jacket is an essential:

You may not know its name, but you’ve definitely seen this jacket. You might even own one. The Harrington jacket is the perfect outerwear for constantly-shifting weather. Not too heavy, not too flimsy.

The style got its name from Ryan O’Neal’s character, Rodney Harrington, on the 1960s precursor-to-Beverly Hills, 90210 prime time soap, Peyton Place. It’s since grown to signify a rebellious cool factor, after icons like James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Steve McQueen adopted it as their outerwear of choice.

The perfect fit:

A Harrington jacket is usually made of a lightweight material like cotton, polyester or wool. It’s meant to hit at the waist, with the waistband sitting on your belt. If it rests above that, it’s too small. If you find it hanging well below, you’ll want to go for a smaller size. As for the cuffs, look for a sleeve length that finishes at the wrist, not above or below.

How to wear it:

Clean and simple, but never boring, the Harrington jacket is the perfect topper to any casual to business-casual look. No, you can’t wear it with a suit, but pretty much anything else in your wardrobe is fair game.

3. Sporty Parka

Uniqlo, $30

Why it’s an essential:

While we love us some winter jackets (so cozy!), they can get a bit…well, bulky. For outerwear that can defend you from the springtime elements without weighing you down, look no farther than the de-puffed parka.

The Perfect fit:

While parkas of the past may have looked (and felt) more like trash bags, the newest parkas have been slimmed down for a style that’s dare we say chic. Made of lightweight material like nylon or treated cotton, you’ll love the fashion-meets-function duality of the new and improved slim parka styles.

How to Wear it:

In the rain, duh. The great thing about these new parkas is how easy they are to pack down. Throw one on in the morning if the weather report calls for rain, then crumple it up and toss it in your bag when the clouds inevitably clear in the afternoon.

4. Unlined blazer

Uniqlo, $50

Why it’s an essential:

Okay, okay, we might be pushing it with calling this unlined blazer “outerwear,” but it’s an outer layer that you wear, and it’s important for guys to have in their spring wardrobes, so we’re keeping it!

Soft, light, and wrinkle-resistant, an unlined blazer is indeed just what your spring wardrobe needs. The light feel and wrinkle-resistant fabric makes this piece a must for any guy who wants to feel comfortable and look polished at the same time. Hello-o-o business casual workplace!

Uniqlo even added technology to theirs that dries sweat quickly, meaning you’ll still look good for that meeting you had to sprint across your office campus to make on time.

The Perfect fit:

The modern unlined blazer features a more form-fitting cut, so you’re sure to look pulled together, even in casual wear. We like the narrow lapels and less-visible stitching on the Uniqlo style above, not to mention the stretchy jersey material which allows for easy-breezy movement.

How to Wear it:

Yes, an unlined blazer is perfect for business and business casual wear, but don’t be afraid to mix things up. Try yours with jogger pants or denim on your next date night or travel day.

5. Moto jacket

Uniqlo faux leather jacket, $60

Why it’s an essential:

Jacket styles may come and go, but the moto is forever. If your coat closet is in need of a leather jacket (or, ahem, a new one…hey, no judgment here), consider this iconic style for your next outerwear purchase.

The Perfect fit:

A classic silhouette in faux leather like the one from Uniqlo above gives off a surprisingly polished vibe. Don’t ruin it with a fit that’s too big, or one that’s too tight. Aim for a size that fits close to the body with room for a thick sweater underneath, allowing you to layer just a little bit of bulk as needed.

How to Wear it:

In classic black, you can pair this jacket with jeans and a tee, or dress it up with trousers, shirt and tie. In short, don’t be afraid to wear this outerwear staple everywhere.

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Presented in partnership with Uniqlo USA

 

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