Style at a Certain Age is a lifestyle blog by Beth Djalali dedicated to aging with grace, strength, and beauty.
hello, Spring! it’s been a while since we last saw you. it doesn’t matter if you bring along those April showers ‘cuz we love May flowers. and we also love milder temps, blue skies, longer days, and sunshine. then there are all those Spring celebrations you generously host: April Fool’s Day, Easter, Passover, May Day, Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, and Flag Day. so, yes, it’s more than okay if we have to battle crazy weather in the short term. no problemo! especially when you have Spring jackets on hand. come on in Spring and enjoy your stay.
what jackets spring to mind when you think about Spring? no pun intended… well, i have my tried-and-true classic spring jackets at the ready to help see me through the most dismal rainy day. and i’m more than happy to share my list with you. today, we’re talking about essential Spring jackets that help transition the season in style.
once again, denim makes the list. this time as a jacket. look for dark rinse, light rinse, oversized or fitted. for summer, add a denim vest for variety. honestly, a traditional denim jacket is the perfect third layer all through Spring and Fall.
how about a jean jacket with a skirt and sandals? that works too. it also looks great in the fall paired with a flannel shirt and cable knit sweater.
jean jackets also come in other colors and patterns. white is a perfect choice but gingham? yes, please.
wear your jean jacket with a graphic tee or white denim and roll the sleeves for a casual look.
of course, an iconic trenchcoat makes my 2021 spring jackets. it’s an iconic statement piece. the classic khaki trenchcoat hails all the way back to WWI. here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
During the First World War, the design of the trench coat was modified to include shoulder straps and D-rings. The shoulder straps were for the attachment of epaulets or other rank insignias; There is a popular myth that the D-ring was for the attachment of hand grenades. The ring was originally for attaching map cases and swords or other equipment to the belt. This latter pattern was dubbed “trench coat” by the soldiers in the front line. Many trench coats had large pockets for maps and cleverly placed flaps and vents to deal with the odor associated with earlier rubber coats. A range of waterproof coats was designed and sold during wartime that incorporated War Office requirements with traditional aspects of leisurewear. What became known as the ‘trench coat’ combined the features of a military waterproof cape and the regulation greatcoat designed for British officers.
trenchcoats receive lots of love and updates from fashion designers every year. an easy way to update your closet and stay modern and relevant is with a fresh spin on the traditional trenchcoat.
a classic way to wear a trench is unbuttoned with the belt cinched at the waist. or tie the belt in the back for variety. who doesn’t like choices?
this little baby is a hard-working transition piece in those early days of spring or fall when the weather can be unpredictable. wear it with a feminine skirt. opposites always attract. it’s the yin and yang of fashion. a long-sleeve stripe tee looks fabulous with a utility jacket, as do graphic tees. don’t forget to add a colorful scarf if the weather is chilly.
a moto/biker/leather jacket works just like a blazer but with an edge. drape it over a dress for evening or wear it with your favorite pair of blue jeans in the daytime. either way, it works! y’all know i love me a good moto jacket which is why it always lands on my Spring jackets list. or Fall, for that matter. it’s an iconic classic that helps span the seasons.
lightweight down jackets are the perfect choice when traveling. one reason i always reach for a down jacket is that they add warmth without the bulk. nowadays, a lightweight down jacket can easily slip into your tote or handbag when not in use.
who remembers windbreakers? as a young girl and teenager, this was the jacket of choice. even as an adult, i’ve had an affinity for windbreakers that slip over your head with kangaroo pockets. years ago, i had an orange windbreaker from Talbots that i wore non-stop. mr. style finally intervened and asked if i had any other jackets i could possibly wear… this year, i picked up a neutral ivory windbreaker that’s quite similar to my orange windbreaker that looks adorable with any casual outfit.
some of you may be scratching your heads wondering why a blazer made my Spring jackets list. but blazers are the perfect third layer on a mild Spring day. a tailored blazer will always bring spit and polish to any outfit. but a deconstructed blazer has a looser fit and feels like you’re wearing an oversized sweater. this year the trend is oversized or boyfriend blazers. and sweater blazers are perfectly preppy and oh so cute.
all photos have been sourced from Style at Certain Age archives. some clothing items are no longer available.