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Pack These Now: 10 Great Spring Jackets

Posted by Bee Shapiro on March 22, 2013 at 2:58:38 PM EDT | Post a Comment

For the travel-prepared, a savvy spring jacket can go a long way (and, frankly, can be used in temperate climes even in the autumn). Here are few seasonal covers to pack now for your next trip.

The Go-With-Everything Classics

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On the left: A lightweight wool pea coat in deep blue works for both spring and fall. This double-breasted collegiate style packs extra flair with zipper details at the shoulder ($139 at Club Monaco).

On the right: Bouclé is often spotted on posh, lunching ladies and for good reason. Especially in black-and-white, the nubby material adds a tony polish to a simple jeans and t-shirt ($59.99 at Mango).

Pattern Play

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On the left: If you're stocked on the basics, a pattern can do wonders for a travel wardrobe. This floral kimono has a lush, bohemian air and pairs well with sleek dresses and casual denim ($110 at Topshop).

On the right: Both sporty and playful, this "Aloha" print bomber jacket is fashion-forward without taking anything too seriously ($310 at Matches).

Modern Utility

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On the left: A utilitarian design does just what is says it does: it's useful. Take, for example, this army green field jacket, which is slimmed down for feminine figures without losing any of its rugged appeal ($138 at Madewell).

On the right: The usual khaki chino gets a wallop of color in this handsome sailing-inspired jacket. Plus, the outerwear piece is cut in breathable cotton—perfect for long flights ($138 at J. Crew).

Blazing Trails

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On the left: Browsing through celebrity street style photos, you'll often see household names donning blazers for the airport. That's because they're a smart and quick way to look pulled together when the rest of the outfit may be rumpled or casual. For spring, try a sprightly seafoam color ($278 by Joie) to go with white jeans or loose trousers.

On the right: Channel your inner prep school kid with this single button crest blazer. In this bright red hue, the classic design packs a visual punch ($366.76 by Ralph Lauren).

Spring for Metallics

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On the left: Feeling trendy? For a stand-out look, a metallic motorcycle jacket is surprisingly versatile—treat it like a neutral—and can go with flirty sundresses and colored jeans. This one by Vince Camuto adds edge without busting your travel budget ($59.99).

On the right: Lovely and ladylike, this metallic floral jacquard number has spring written all over it. The cropped cut makes it dressy enough for both day and night ($140 by Topshop).

Photo Credits: The Go-With-Everything Classics: Left: MANGO On-Line Inc.; Right: Club Monaco. Pattern Play: Left: Topshop.com; Right: Matches. Modern Utility: Madewell Inc.; Right: J. Crew; Blazing Trails: Left: Joie; Right: farfetch.com. Spring for Metallics: Left: Vince Camuto; Right: Nordstrom, Inc.

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