Photo by Margaret Murphy
Spring may not officially be here yet, but there’s a discernible feeling of relief throughout DC now that temperatures are inching back up. Patios are open again, down coats are tucked away in the closet (hopefully for good), and icy sidewalks are finally melting; everything is just splendid. Flowers may not be blossoming yet but the entire city’s mood has flourished!
The drastic temperature changes that happen in spring are a blessing and a curse. The mid-day spikes are a delightful taste of the sun-drenched summer days ahead but the morning chill requires way more than just the cute lightweight sweater you’ve been waiting all winter to wear. No matter how thick-skinned you are, morning temperatures in the 30s require a jacket.
Now that my unflattering, puffy winter jacket is back in storage — yes that’s right, I’m taking a stand, I REFUSE to take that thing back out — I’m so excited to start rotating my selection of lighter jackets, accumulated with extreme care over the past couple of years. They’re a fun way to dramatically change-up your street style. You could be wearing just black skinny jeans and a grey sweater — but topped with a variety of jackets, you can make that one outfit look like several fresh looks.
These are the key spring outerwear pieces every woman needs in her closet:
As you can see from my photo, I love an edgy spin on a trench! If the clean silhouette of a classic Burberry trench is more to your liking, go for that, you can’t go wrong with a staple. I fell in love with the leather sleeves on my Rag & Bone number. A trench is timeless and elegant; you can wear it to the office, out to brunch, for a weekend jaunt, and pretty much any other event you can think of.
Burberry Brit – Hooded Packaway Trench Coat $750
Vince Camuto – Draped Wrap Long Trench Coat $190
Mackage – Leather Trim Asymmetrical Zip Long Trench Coat $390
The Leather Jacket
A leather jacket goes with anything and will instantly give you an edgy look. The best part about a leather jacket is that it actually looks best when worn in, so toss it on before hitting up a concert this spring and try not to spend too much time worrying about it getting ruined. My All Saints jacket has been through hell — and now it looks fabulous as a result.
All Saints – Cargo Biker Jacket $540
Top Shop – Premium Belted Leather Biker Jacket $370
Rebecca Taylor – Washed Leather Jacket $895
These are perfect for days where the weather seems more than a little unpredictable. They’re easy to weather proof (a lot of them even come that way) and usually much easier to clean than other materials. Plus there’s an effortless sense of cool to these jackets — like you could just as easily be heading out for a hike as you could to the nearest bar.
ASOS – Summer Ultimate Parka $98
Zara – Hooded Parka with Leather Sleeves $99.90
Laver – 365 Parka $556
The Cropped Jacket
Perfect for layering over chunky sweaters on colder days or thin long-sleeved shirts when the sun is shining bright, this silhouette gives you plenty of cool options for experimentation. Opt for an interesting texture or pattern if you feel particularly bold!
Nasty Gal – Moto Zip Crop Jacket $88
Rag & Bone – Black Marshall Cropped Trench $695
ASOS – New Look Cropped Jacket $30
Since I didn’t post a Turn Up Tuesday playlist this week, here’s a weekend mini mix to get you through till next week. Tunes, tunes, tunes! New tracks from three of my favorites — Fehrplay, Gorgon City, and Oliver Heldens — plus lots more seriously groovy stuff.
I promise you’ll be dancing with those headphones in. xo