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10 top-rated light jackets ideal for spring weather

All the jackets you need for unpredictable weather.

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It’s that time of year when summer is around the corner but still not here and, depending on where you live, you could have four seasons in one day (chilly in the morning, rainy in the afternoon and muggy in the evening, for instance). Enter the spring jacket. Whether you’re out running errands or lucky enough to get outside safely, a light jacket is a good option to guard against unexpected cooler temps or a sudden spring shower.

If you’re looking for a jacket to get you through the transitional weather, we’ve rounded up 10 popular jackets from denim to puffers to meet all your layering needs.

Women’s Jackets

1. This jacket people are obsessed with from The North Face

the north face jacket
Credit: The North Face

You will want to buy one in every color.

This jacket—which is made from recycled post-consumer plastic—has a cult following, with over 3,000 reviews and a rating of 4.7 stars. It’s a great grab-and-go jacket for anything from a slight drizzle to a torrential downpour and its light weight makes it easily packable. Multiple fans love the quality of the jacket and one writes, “I don't want to wear the same clothes every day so I have purchased my third jacket just in a different color. I've been wearing these jackets for five years and the first jacket looks just like the newest one I just purchased. I appreciate that they hold up for more than one season.”

Get the Women’s Venture 2 Jacket at The North Face for $99

2. A classic denim jacket

denim jacket
Credit: Nordstrom

Dress this jacket up, or dress it down.

It’s hard to go wrong with a denim jacket: Wear it with a maxi dress or sweats and it still looks effortless. One of the highest reviewed jackets at Nordstrom, this one has a rating of 4.5 from 500 reviewers. Shoppers rave that it’s comfortable because of its light weight and ability to stretch. One reviewer raves, “Gorgeous denim jacket! LOVE the wash! Truly one of the best out there (I have purchased a few this season).” Reviewers also commented that this jacket runs small, so it’s best to size up.

Get the Helena Denim Jacket at Nordstrom for $79

3. This Adidas jacket that can also be worn in the summer

track jacket
Credit: Adidas

This will be your go-to jacket.

If you love the iconic three stripes from Adidas, then you’ll love this jacket. It has the classic design along with a stand collar for a sporty look. Soft and thick enough to fight off a mild chill, it has 295 reviews and close to a 5-star rating. One loyal customer writes, “I've had this jacket for over five years now. It's become my signature item of clothing because I wear it on the regular. Very good quality, still holding up after many years of constant wear.”

Get the Essential Tricot Track Jacket at Adidas for $35

4. A jacket that is rated UPF 50+

UPF jacket
Credit: Athleta

Wear this on the sunniest days.

This jacket from Athleta, which has an average rating of 4.7, is a great transition jacket for spring into summer. It’s lightweight and makes a great layer to throw on for breezier days and even offers UPF protection when you’re out and about on sunnier days. The length is also longer than most jackets making it a great option to wear with leggings.

Get the Baja UPF Jacket at Athleta for $98

5. This anorak jacket from Everlane

rain jacket
Credit: Everlane

Something to wear with those fan-favorite leggings.

Are you obsessed with your Everlane leggings? Do you need a new spring jacket to go with those leggings? Problem solved.

This anorak is water-resistant and roomy enough for multiple layers, making it a good option for unpredictable weather. It’s long enough to keep your legs dry but not so long it’s getting in the way. With nearly 470 reviews and a rating of 4.5, reviewers love that this jacket is practical yet stylish.

Get the Women’s Renew Anorak at Everlane for $88

Men’s Jackets

6. This jacket from The North Face with a cult following

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Credit: The North Face

Rain doesn't stand a chance in this jacket.

The North Face fans are obsessed with this jacket—and it shows in the nearly 2,000 reviews. It’s casual enough to wear every day, including rainy ones since it’s waterproof and breathable. Reviewers love the fit and style and that it keeps them dry. One ecstatic reviewer writes, “I love the material, it's very stylish and it's perfect for the cold/rainy weather here! No more ugly rain jackets for me!”

Get the Men’s Venture 2 Jacket at The North Face for $99

7. A timeless classic that will last you for years

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Credit: Nordstrom

A jacket for every season.

One of the highest-rated men’s jackets at Nordstrom, this classic jacket can be worn year round. It’s great to use as a windbreaker and light enough to be a layering piece. Reviewers love the comfort, fit, and quality of the jacket. One reviewer writes, “I bought two of these jackets both in black and khaki colorways and this jacket is by far has a good amount of warmth and comfortability while still remaining lightweight and stylish, this jacket goes well with anything and the quality is 10/10.”

Get the Polo Ralph Lauren Microfiber Windbreaker Jacket at Bloomingdales for $148

8. This fleece jacket from Patagonia

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Credit: Patagonia

Is it a sweater or fleece? It's both.

If a sweater and a fleece had a baby, it would be this jacket. It has sweater material on the outside and cozy fleece on the inside, which will keep you warm on chilly mornings and evenings. With a rating of 4 stars, satisfied customers love that it feels as good as it looks and that it comes in multiple colors.

Get the Men’s Better Sweater Fleece Jacket at Patagonia for $139

9. This classic three-stripe Adidas jacket

track jacket
Credit: Adidas

You'll get all the compliments in this throwback.

If you want to look sporty and retro, look no further than this track jacket. Inspired from the Adidas style archives, this jacket is a great lightweight option for spring. It’s one of the most popular jackets on the Adidas website with 746 reviews and a rating of 4.7 stars. Reviewers gush that they always get plenty of compliments while wearing the jacket, too.

Get the Men’s Essential 3-Stripes Tricot Track Jacket at Adidas for $50

10. A lightweight puffer jacket that you can take on the go

puffer jacket
Credit: Nordstrom

It's so light you won't even know you're wearing it.

Many people love all things Patagonia and this puffer jacket is no exception.
It’s one of the top-rated men’s jackets at Nordstrom with a rating of 4.7. One excited shopper writes, “ I loved the jacket and I had to buy the second one for my other son. When I get a chance I will buy one for my husband also.”

This jacket is great to wear in places where the weather can change rapidly because it’s warm enough for when it’s chilly yet lightweight enough that it can easily be folded up and carried when it’s too warm to wear. It’s also water-resistant for unexpected light rain, making this jacket highly versatile.

Get the Nano Puff Water Resistant Jacket at Nordstrom for $199

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