spring jackets updated for 2021

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. 

Spring Jackets

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.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a white shirt, chambray shorts, jean jacket and scarf at Panama City Beach

denim jacket

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.


denim daze

jean jackets also come in other colors and patterns. white is a perfect choice but gingham? yes, please.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a gingham jean jacket, polka dot top, white chinos and wicker handbag

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wear your jean jacket with a graphic tee or white denim and roll the sleeves for a casual look. 

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears pink gingham pants, graphic tee, and denim jacket

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a ruffled yellow blouse, white denim, jean jacket, suede driving mocs, and a red camera handbag

scattered prints

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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?

trench coat, j.crew toothpick jeans, everlane silk tunic, target merona slides

rainy days and mondays

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utility jacket

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.

boden pencil skirt, boden breton tee, talbots utility jacket, gucci bamboo handle handbag, boden yellow suede sandals


j.crew cashmere sweater, j.crew utility jacket, banana republic girlfriend jeans, madewell leopard smoking slippers

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a ruffleneck sweater, skinny jeans, green utility jacket, hobo handbag, and loafers

spring, sprang, sprung

gap gingham shirt, j.crew boyfriend jeans, j.crew utility jacket, ann taylor suede pumps, leather tote, tory burch bracelets

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moto jacket

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.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a floral jacquard sweater, black skinny jeans, black leather moto jacket and pink suede pumps for date night

vince camuto leather moto jacket, everlane silk blouse, talbots pants, vince camuto suede pumps, talbots tweed handbag

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beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a gingham raincoat, white skirt, black sweater, and black boots

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lightweight down jacket

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. 

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears Athleta pants, white shirt, puffer jacket, and sneakers

airport style for wiinter

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a puffer jacket, navy blue knit blazer, novelty sweater, pink gingham check shirt and blue jeans

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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.

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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.

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j.crew skinny jeans, j.crew plaid shirt, banana republic navy blazer, banana republic suede booties, patricia nash backpack

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beth from Style at a Certain Age wears items from Rachel Zoe's Spring Box of Style

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  1. speechless. Can not tell you witch I like best!!!

    Posted 3.21.21
  2. Joanie wrote:

    Great looks, Beth! Tell me about the pink sweater and pink/green dotted scarf shown with the green utility jacket. I love the scarf. Where is it from? Is the sweater pink cashmere? I also like looking at the handbags. Where/when did you purchase the Louis Vuitton speedy bag? It will never go out of style. Thank you.

    Posted 3.21.21
  3. Valerie G wrote:

    I always look forward to your posts and this did not disappoint. You always look great no matter what you wear. I have all but a lightweight puffer jacket. In fact I did buy the blue Scoop moto jacket after you posted it a few weeks ago. You said I’d love it and I do.

    Posted 3.21.21
  4. Sue wrote:

    You are the jacket queen! Endless array. Some really great ones.

    Posted 3.21.21
  5. Nancy Capel wrote:

    Beth, I love everything you wear and style and have very similar taste! Your hair is fantastic and inspired me to go gray with a little assist from my stylist. I will turn 66 in April and still work full time so I enjoy fashion as much as I did when I was teenager. I remember reading the same magazines from cover to cover multiple times and have never been afraid of color. Talbots is my go to store. Thank you for showing women that they can continue to care!!! P.s. I too am on the verge of knee replacement and am inspired by his well you managed your journey❣

    Posted 3.21.21
  6. Kelly wrote:

    You’ve chosen all my favorites! And I love those lightweight jackets for travel because you can wear them under a trench/raincoat and have a warmer alternative on a cold day. Great post!

    Posted 3.21.21
  7. Ruth wrote:

    You’ve given me lots of ideas Beth on how to wear several jackets that I have! Thank you so much for this post. Happy Spring! 🐣

    Posted 3.21.21
  8. Lynda Kerr wrote:

    What a terrific post!So many great classic combinations with your usual elegance and simplicity. These ideas are inspiring for outfits for the milder Autumn/Winter season in Australia too.

    Posted 3.21.21
  9. Mary C wrote:

    What a great post, Beth. So many cute options! I especially like the lavender gingham denim jacket. I might need to add one to my collection of many jackets! 😀

    Posted 3.21.21
  10. love all your jacket options. Love the plaid raincoat as I need to update mine.
    So cute! From the picture it looks like it is blue, brown and white? Hope so I ordered it.

    Posted 3.21.21
  11. Vikki Andrews wrote:

    Beautiful You!

    Posted 3.21.21
  12. Lyn wrote:

    Wow – I love all these looks. I own one of each of these – accumulated over a few years. I consider all of these to be true classics and when you buy good quality and with good care they will last years. I wore a red quilted jacket the other day that I told my husband I had owned about 15+ years! It is still on trend and looks like new. After working in a very conservative profession for years and wearing mostly suits and heels, I have revamped my entire wardrobe and I’m enjoying fashion more than ever. I throughly enjoyed this post.

    Posted 3.22.21
  13. Diane wrote:

    I love the Pi Phi arrow pin!

    Posted 3.22.21
  14. Leslie wrote:

    I really like your hair in green utility jacket with the pink sweater and scarf. Love the whole outfit.

    Posted 3.23.21
  15. Kaye w. wrote:

    Where oh where can I get some medium weight graphic tees? I love the yellow one with the green jacket you wear in one picture. I can’t wear thin or light weight ones. Help!!! 😬

    Posted 4.10.21

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