The Genius Reason To Wear A See-Through Jacket This Spring

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Spring and summer temperatures rarely warrant outerwear, but when the occasion calls for an extra layer, it’s typically confined to lightweight trenches or anoraks. For 2019, however, the warm-weather coat gets a splashy update by way of transparent materials cut in a slew of bright colors and patterns. The clear jacket trend usually falls into a couple of categories (PVC or organza) and iterations can span from a sleek see-through evening jacket to floral-print PVC jackets that are sure to be bold and bright when layering your look underneath.

There are a few designers that are leading the charge with the transparent outerwear trend, starting with raincoat labels like Stutterheim and Rains. Contemporary brands that are in the regular rotation for fashion lovers like Ganni, Stand, Collina Strada, and Sies Marjan are also all offering unique takes on transparent layers. And while Raf Simons' coats for Calvin Klein 205W39NYC helped to spark the trend, other designer houses like Fendi and Prada are serving up striking details like feather embellishments and leather piping this season. In other words, it seems everyone’s getting in on the action. Whether you need a cool coat to wear for the next unexpected torrential downpour, or simply want to give your wardrobe a cool new layer to work with, the five takes on the transparent outerwear trend ahead should get you in the right place.

Cheery Brights

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If you partook in winter’s colorful puffer trend, then a see-through coat in a zesty shade of lime or peach should be your next outerwear investment. Wear it with a t-shirt and jeans for a quick, polished look or layer your favorite prints underneath for a fun party getup. To finish, an anklet and the season’s low-heel strappy sandals.

Classic Clear


Go OG with the trend and grab a clear PVC jacket to wear over everything from your 9-to-5 look all the way to weekend wears. The layer will keep you dry and also add depth to whatever you’ve got on underneath. Bring on the showers.


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A long coat crafted in a beautiful sheer fabric is a layer worth always having on hand. Regardless of how warm it gets outside, an evening piece is always a good idea and can easily be styled with both your favorite basics and something fancier.

Bold Prints


If you’re looking for something to breathe new life into your wardrobe, then a printed PVC coat is definitely the route to take. It’s the kind of piece that will always elicit some sort of "where’d you get that?" response and pairs nicely with everything from contrast print pieces to a simple slip dress.

Neutral Hues

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You already know the neutral trend is going to be huge for 2019, so why not take the plunge with a see-through coat in a ultra-wearable shade of beige? For right now, wear it with a floral dress and sandals, and once autumn rolls around the piece can transition to the new season with a chunky knit and midi skirt worn underneath with a pair of ankle boots. A true year round staple.