Hit Spring in Style With These 15 Stylish and Lightweight Men’s Jackets

men's lightweight jackets for spring 2021
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Spring finally marks the time to shed heavy jackets and celebrate the melting of snow, longer days and the return of warmth. While we no longer need protection from the frigidity of winter, the fact is that things won’t really warm up for another few months. Enter the solution — the lightweight spring jacket.

Men’s lightweight jackets vary in style, thickness and function, which makes them more fun to wear than winter coats and parkas. Some lightweight jackets, for example, look more like button-up shirts while others draw clear inspiration from old military attire. Popular styles include the bomber jacket, the field jacket and the raincoat, but modern times have also given us new performance fabrics for ultra-waterproof spring coats.

It sounds like a lot, but we’ve made things easy. Here are the best men’s lightweight jackets to help you step into spring fashion.

  

1. Rails Porter Jacket

THE UTILITY CARRY-ALL JACKET

The Porter Jacket from Rails is a commuter’s best friend. Military inspired, the four front patch pockets allow for carrying small items without needing a bag, streamlining your walk or ride to work. The button closure extends past the chest and up the neck for added protection on unexpected chilly days. This jacket, in the faded army green color, will be a popular color choice this spring and serves as a great neutral top layer. Wear it with light blue jeans or white chinos and a tan loafer to make it pop.

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Rails Porter Jacket

$168.00
  

2. Madewell Raincheck Packable Raincoat

THE JUST-IN-CASE JACKET

When you leave the house in the spring, the weather might look warm and sunny. By the afternoon, you’re walking home under a gray raincloud. Madewell’s packable coat is both fashionable and functional, providing total coverage from rain but then folding down into a fanny pack when not in use. This jacket has zip-close pockets to protect belongings, ventilation and an adjustable drawstring. What’s even better is that each jacket is made from approximately six recycled water bottles. If you’re reaching for one of these, opt for the orange for better visibility — and also because it just looks cool.

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Madewell Raincheck Packable Raincoat

$74.99
  

3. Levi’s Denim Trucker Jacket

THE WORST JACKET FOR MESSY EATERS

Ever popular, Levi’s denim jackets are a staple in countless men’s wardrobes because they look good and they’re easy to match with. The white denim jacket is a special treasure that gives a rich, clean edge to a spring or summer outfit. They look great with light blue or white denim and a simple graphic tee as a base layer; easy, effortless, successful. If you’re somebody who spills food or drinks, please be careful in this jacket and carry a Tide Stick in the inner pocket.

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Levi's Denim Trucker Jacket

$59.98
  

4. Billy Reid Cullen Jacket Double Dye Wash

BEST CLASSIC DENIM

We love denim jackets for so many reasons. They’re a casual coat that can be worn over your favorite t-shirts, button-ups and sweaters. Even better, they’re perfect for spring and fall, which means you can get a lot of use out of them. And if you invest in a quality brand, your favorite denim jacket can last for years without ever going out of style. Case in point: this amazing dark denim jacket from Billy Reid, one of our favorite menswear brands. This Cullen jacket from Billy Reid is designed from Japenese denim and dyed twice for a worn-in look that will gain character as it ages. It has a classic, no-frills design that will instantly upgrade any outfit.

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Billy Reid Cullen Jacket Double Dye Wash

$295.00

  

5. Theory Roscoe Radic Suede Jacket

THE “WOW” JACKET

Wow. That’s all there is to say. Theory has done the men of the world a great service with the Roscoe Radic Suede Jacket. This piece is the epitome of “less is more” style and offers versatility, comfort and a top layer you know you can rely on to look good. The brown color family is making a huge push into spring, and the tamarind color Theory has chosen for this jacket will surely follow suit. Wear this both dressed up and casually. It looks just as good with trousers, a button-up shirt and a tie as it does with dark denim, a henley and a clean white sneaker. If you try this on and don’t like the way you look, get a different mirror, because you’re going to want to wear this leather jacket forever.

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Theory Roscoe Radic Suede Jacket

$845.75
  

6. Patagonia Better Sweater® Zip Jacket

THE OL’ RELIABLE JACKET

If you’re already in the Pata-Gucci Gang, you know how great this lightweight jacket is. If not, you’ve probably seen these jackets walking through the Financial District, indoor climbing gyms, and just about everywhere else. Why? Easy — they’re comfortable, fit perfectly and even work well under a blazer in a cold office. If the Better Sweater Zip Jacket didn’t shove Patagonia into the limelight, it was their commitment to global welfare. Not only is this jacket Fair-Trade Certified sewn, but it’s also made using best practices with regard to the environment, sustainability and the economy. Use this lightweight men’s jacket as either a top layer or mid-layer on the way to work, the gym or anywhere else you’re looking to roam with comfort.

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Patagonia Better Sweater Zip Jacket

$139.00
  

7. Barbour Powell Regular Fit Quilted Jacket

THE HERITAGE JACKET

Since 1894, Barbour has been one of the main players in outerwear, let alone men’s lightweight jackets. Although they’re best known for their waxed cotton, they’ve also made a name for themselves with their quilted jackets. A traditionally preppy style, this quilted jacket features a fleece lining that is both insulating and practical for cold spring mornings. The stand collar buttons to further protect the neck in the case of rain. Though this jacket is a generous fit, it allows you to layer underneath for added warmth. To stay true to Barbour’s British roots, wear this jacket with a pair of light grey wool trousers and a chocolate brown brogue shoe, maybe from Church’s.

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Barbour Powell Regular Fit Quilted Jacket

$300.00
  

8. Uniqlo Chore Coat

BEST CHORE COAT 

Chore coats have quickly gone beyond trend to bona fide closet staple; their utilitarian yet stylish design makes them great options for stylish men who prize comfort. This jacket from affordable mainstay Uniqlo is made from a stretchy jersey material, making it a cozy option that you can layer over a t-shirt or with a sweater and warmer coat on top. There are three pockets on the outside of the jacket and a pocket on the inside, giving you ample storage room for your daily essentials.

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Uniqlo Washed Jersey Work Jacket

$19.90 (Sale)
  

9. Vince Hooded Anorak

MODERN WINDBREAKER 

Anoraks are the stylish closet addition you may not have considered. Their unique styling puts them somewhere between a hoodie and a jacket — they have a popover design with a hood, but they typically feature a quarter or half zip and will be made of jacket materials. This Vince anorak is made from nylon in an eye-catching orange color, and the zippered hood and quarter zip make it easy to adjust to keep you comfortable and dry.

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Vince Anorak

$149.97 (Sale)
  

10. Corridor Indigo Overshirt

BREATHABLE LINEN

Overshirts are not quite jackets, not quite shirts, making them the perfect layering piece for spring days and cool summer evenings. This jacket from J.Crew is great for warmer days that still require more than a t-shirt — it’s made from an open weave fabric that’s a blend of cotton and linen, so it’s truly breathable. The indigo color and large patch pockets give it a workwear-inspired look.

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Corridor Overshirt

$215.00
  

11. Portuguese Flannel Chore Jacket

WORKWEAR-INSPIRED

This jacket from Portuguese Flannel features an olive color and is made from a sturdy cotton twill, leaning into the workwear influences of the chore jacket’s origins. There are three large patch-pocket buttons on the front of the jacket, adding a stylish and functional touch. The lapel has four corozo buttons, and the jacket is made in Portugal.

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Portuguese Flannel Chore Jacket

$95.00 (Sale)
  

12. Alpha Industries ALS Liner

MILITARY-INSPIRED

Liner jackets were introduced in the military as an insulating inner layer to be worn under another jacket, but they’ve been adopted as a stylish standalone streetwear jacket. Alpha Industries’ take on the style is backed by the brand’s cred as a maker of genuine military clothing for the US Army. The jacket has padded cells with an insulating fill to keep you warm, but it’s light enough for spring.

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Alpha Industries Liner

$129.00
  

13. Gap Nylon Coach Jacket

BEST COACH JACKET

Coaches aren’t exactly known as paragons of great style, but that hasn’t stopped the coach jacket from becoming a casual, stylish staple. Typically made from lightweight synthetic materials, a coach jacket serves to block wind without being too warm. This simple jacket from Gap is made from a cotton/nylon blend, and it has snap buttons on the lapel, ribbed cuffs for warmth and two slant pockets on the front.

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Gap Coach Jacket

$46.99
  

14. Abercrombie & Fitch Utility Shirt Jacket

BEST TRAVEL JACKET

Just like the teens that made them popular, Abercrombie & Fitch is all grown up. In recent years, the brand has toned down the raunchy advertising and shrunk the once enormous moose logos in favor of more classic, but still fashion-forward styles. Take this simple, stylish jacket that was made with travel in mind. It has a quilted lining to keep you warm but is still light enough for the warmer months. There are zippered pockets to help organize and secure your stuff when you’re on the move.

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Abercrombie Traveler Utility Shirt Jacket

$69.30
  

15. Stone Island Naslan Light Nylon Shirt Jacket

BEST STREETWEAR JACKET

This jacket from Stone Island is made from lightweight nylon, making it a great layering piece. The distinctive compass branding is featured on the shoulder of the jacket, and it can be removed if desired. The oversized patch pocket gives this jacket a futuristic, streetwear-ready look.

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Stone Island Shirt Jacket

$380.00