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5 Best Spring Jackets Every Guy Needs

Lightweight but Heavy on Style

By Style Girlfriend | Last Updated: Apr 20 2019

For April, we’re helping you bring more fresh to your life. Today, that means sharing the five best spring jackets to snag this season. Layering on new and interesting light outerwear is an easy way to make an old outfit look totally fresh. Plus, these jackets are (generally!) more affordable than their winter counterparts, making a splurge here and there feel totally reasonable.

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

1. Denim Jacket

Why a denim jacket is a spring 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.

Shop SG’s picks: Levi’s, Uniqlo

2. Harrington jacket

Why a Harrington jacket is a spring 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.

Shop SG’s picks: Baracuta, Brooks Brothers

3. Bomber jacket

Why a bomber is a spring 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 nylon bomber.

The Perfect fit:

While bombers of the past may have looked (and felt) more like trash bags, the newest bombers 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 bomber styles.

How to Wear it:

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

Shop SG’s picks: Everlane, Old Navy

4. Unstructured blazer

Why an unstructured blazer is a spring essential:

Okay, okay, we might be pushing it by calling unstructured blazers “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!

The Perfect fit:

The modern unstructured blazer features a more form-fitting cut, so you still look pulled together, even in casual wear.

How to wear it:

Yes, an unstructured blazer is perfect for both 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.

Shop SG’s picks: Bonobos, Banana Republic

5. Leather jacket

Why a leather jacket is a spring essential:

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

The Perfect fit:

If you have visions of The Fonz dancing in your head, don’t worry. A leather jacket looks perfectly modern (not to mention surprisingly polished), even in a classic silhouette like the Happy Days star’s legendary bomber.

Just 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.

Shop SG’s picks: Schott NYC, Vince

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Want some help shopping for your spring wardrobe?

Having a wardrobe that makes you feel like a million bucks does a lot for your confidence, but it can feel like a slog to build. If you’re ready to invest in some new clothes for your wardrobe but dread the thought of shopping for them…consider having Team SG shop for you! We can curate an online shopping list just for you that fits your budget, your body type, and your lifestyle.

Let us rescue you from shopping fatigue and sartorial apathy. You’ll receive personal attention and care that will make you feel like the best version of the awesome guy you already are! Ready to seriously improve your closet and your confidence? Give us a shout.

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