Ever walked outside on a late-March day to 40-degree temperatures, only to start pouring sweat a few hours later? It often becomes a theme when spring arrives — you dress in winter clothes in the morning, but by afternoon it's practically summer. It makes layering an essential, but you have to know the right pieces to layer with to really make an outfit work for a wide range of temperatures. A nonnegotiable in that formula? The lightweight spring jacket — ideal for putting on with a scarf and a thin sweater that you can throw over your shoulders when Mother Nature decides it's time for a little more warmth.
And as with any new season, there are plenty of new arrivals full of those perfect-for-spring pieces. Need Supply, the cool girl go-to, is where you should start if you're looking for a statement piece that's Instagram-friendly. Case in point: this $425 A.P.C. Monica Animal-Print Trench that just landed at the store — it's the perfect alternative to sweet spring florals if you want to wear a pattern.
Speaking of prints, Mango just added a chic plaid trench to its collection, and with its $149.99 price tag, it's an easy add-to-cart. Nanushka also introduced a patterned trench, albeit in a more boho way, and you'll no doubt have a hard time resisting the $995 piece this season.
Just looking for that simple, goes-with-everything number? As always, La Garconne has the solution; this Mackintosh trench is a modern, elegant investment piece you'll be able to wear for years to come. Or, you can throw this bomber jacket from Target in your cart with absolutely zero regrets — its green hue is basically a neutral, and it comes with a $39.99 price tag. And when it gets even warmer, you'll want to have this $198 Michael Stars linen jacket in your closet so you can easily add that extra layer without ever overheating.
There's an endless amount of options when it comes to the new lightweight jackets for spring, and scouring the web can admittedly be overwhelming. There are a few standout pieces, though, and TZR has rounded up the ones you absolutely can't miss for the season. Ahead, 12 pieces to shop before transitional weather officially arrives (because it'll be here before you know it).