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This Just In: Military Jackets Are the Only Layer You Need This Spring

Puffers are too warm, cardigans are too light. But military jackets? Juuuust right.

By Courtney Thompson

If you’re like me, transition seasons fill you with anxiety when you’re headed out the door. The forecast says 65 and sunny, but what does that mean for ME? Will I be sweating in fleece pullover? Will I be freezing if I don a t-shirt and infinity scarf? Like fall before it, spring brings with it warm sunshine and chilly breezes, which can be freaking perplexing when it comes to outfit planning.

Enter: The military jacket! Offering just the right amount of warmth thanks to thick (but not too thick) canvas, these coats are truly the perfect layer when the weather isn’t a sure bet. Also great? They’re on-trend and match nearly anything you find in your closet. So, if you’re headed out in leggings and sneakers, throw on a military jacket! Wearing a maxi dress and wedges? Throw on a military jacket! If you don’t own one already, you’re going to wonder how you ever lived without this wardrobe staple. Below, we’ve rounded up 12 options, from basics to edgier options with fun cuts and embellishments.

Free People Embellished Military Jacket

BUY FROM: Spring, $168

Banana Republic Military Full Sleeve Jacket

BUY FROM: Banana Republic, SALE $82.99 (Regularly $128, 36% Off!)

Milk It Vintage Military Jacket With Frills


Madewell Fleet Jacket

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $118

Levi’s Roll-Sleeve Anorak

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, SALE $119.90 (Regularly $180, 33% Off!)

Hei Hei Embroidered Field Jacket

BUY FROM: Anthropologie, $168

Boohoo Natalia Tie Detail D-Ring Utility Jacket

BUY FROM: Boohoo, SALE $52 (Regularly $72, 28% Off!)

Peace Love World Military Hooded Jacket

BUY FROM: Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, SALE $59.99 (Regularly $168, 64% Off!)

Rails Maverick Military Jacket

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $188

Marissa Webb Piper Canvas Jacket

BUY FROM: Shopbop, SALE $524 with code “EVENT17” (Regularly $698, 25% Off!)

J. Crew Fatigue Jacket

BUY FROM: J. Crew, $158

Lucky Brand Collarless Military Jacket

BUY FROM: Nordstrom Rack, SALE $77.97 (Regularly $129, 40% Off!)

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