With two long months of winter still ahead of us, our minds are drifting beyond the cold, rainy weather and towards the spring. A season of layering and having fun with our wardrobe, it’s one of our favourite times of year for dressing, and one where jackets really come into their own, becoming the piece-de-resistance for outfits of all kinds, and for all occasions.
If you’re already dreaming of a spring refresh, then some of the hottest trends of the catwalks are the obvious place to start when it comes to inspiration, and from the classic leather biker to the sophisticated trench, the new season will once again feature some of our favourite timeless styles, albeit, in some cases, with a thoroughly modern twist.
If you don’t have these in your wardrobe already, then these are the four jackets that will see you through every eventuality in style – and what better time to treat yourself to some retail therapy and beat those January blues?
The leather jacket
The classic leather jacket has long been a staple in our wardrobes, and makes for the perfect transitional piece to take us through into the new season. Rarely, if ever, absent from the catwalks, edgy bikers and laid-back bombers look just as good thrown on with jeans and boots as they do a whimsical spring dress – but this season, we’re seeing a Matrix-inspired makeover bring us a completely unexpected take on the trend.
Long leather coats, it seems, are set to be the order of the day, and actually, we’re not mad about it – because with the unpredictable British weather at this time of year, the best women’s leather jackets for spring 2022 offer us an extra layer of protection against the elements as well as a fresh look for the new year.
Another classic coat that never seems to fall out of favour, the trench offers a chic and sophisticated look and is the perfect light-weight cover up as the weather begins to warm up whilst continuing to protect yourself from those intermittent, and often unexpected, showers.
The perfect choice to take you from day to night, the trench looks as smart and respectable for the office as it does stylish for an evening drink with friends. Classic creams, beiges and other neutral tones are always a safe bet and will go with just about anything, but here at LLM, we think a jet black trench coat makes the ultimate style statement whilst still somehow being rather understated. If, however, you can’t wait to start having some fun with colour again after a dark and dull winter, then look out for new season pastels – dusty pinks and lemon yellows are set to be top picks.
The quilted jacket
It’s been a while since we saw a new jacket trend cement its place in our wardrobes for the long-term, with most of the others on this list having held that cult status for many years. But the quilted jacket has been making waves over the past couple of years, with Barbour’s waxed offerings and Prada’s belted styles becoming particularly popular style choices. And now, it seems, they’re here to stay, having officially made their case and receiving recognition as the ultimate wardrobe essential.
Lightweight and roomy without compromising on style, the versatile Barbour Montgomery offers a nipped-in silhouette thanks to its belted waist, and looks perfect with skinny jeans and short Hunter wellies for off-duty outdoor chic – or, team yours with office or drinks attire for a more dressed-up look.
The denim jacket
For laid-back, casual cool, there is no replacement for the denim jacket – but to get us from March into April without feeling the chill, we’re going to need something a little warmer. Enter, the trucker sherpa – a cosier twist on the classic stone-washed style. We love the latest offering from Levi, which is lined with sherpa to keep you toasty while adding an extra dimension of style when it comes to layering up those looks. Warm or cold, it has you covered – wear with a jumper and jeans on chillier days, or throw on over a light summer dress and sandals as the sun goes down on brighter days to beat the evening temperature drop.