The Best Men’s Spring Jackets: Lightweight and Perfect for Layering

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One day, it hits you. It’s not winter anymore – and your outerwear rotation isn’t quite up to snuff.

That’s where your handy team at Effortless Gent comes into play – because you deserve nothing less than the best men’s spring jackets across a range of different styles.

The same principles we always preach here at EG still apply: Fit, quality, and versatility.

The best men’s spring jackets extend far beyond what you might think of at first – this ever-changing season isn’t just about rain jackets.

You can still have plenty of fun — yes, fun! — with the best spring outerwear for breezy days and (hopefully) warmer nights.

It’s a little bit like fall – there’s a lot you can wear, from a rugged denim trucker jacket to a lightweight cotton field jacket. And, of course, your tried-and-true rain jacket.

You don’t have to run out to a fast-fashion retailer, either. We appreciate each of the brands on this list for the care and quality they’ve put into these garments. We know you’ll feel the same way.

American Trench Coat in Dark Navy

We promised you we’d move beyond spring rain jackets in this post — but not before we tell you all about the one spring rain jacket you really need.

What’s not to love about this American Trench coat? The Ventile cloth exterior is totally water-repellent, the silhouette is trim and easy to layer (even over a blazer and an Oxford shirt), and the crisp navy color goes with any combination you can dream up.

It’s a workhorse during the week and right through the weekend, so it’s worth the price you’re paying up front (we think, at least). $849


The Hill-Side J-1 Letterman Jacket

There’s something simple yet remarkable about the letterman jacket silhouette – it’s certainly stood the test of time. And The Hill-Side has made maybe the coolest one out there, a jacket that transcends “high school jock” stereotypes to become so, so much more.

For weekend coffee outings or a night out at your favorite brewpub, this letterman jacket will wear quite nicely with faded indigo denim and a white slub tee. Think of it as the best men’s spring jacket for your off-duty uniform. $595


Falcon Garments MA-1 Bomber Jacket

The bomber jacket has gone through fits and starts over the years, from its roots as a military-ready garment to its celeb-driven resurgence over the past half-decade. So, why start wearing one now?

In short: The MA-1 bomber jacket (especially this handsome olive number from Falcon Garments) is the definition of a grab-and-go spring jacket. It’s weather-ready yet not too bulky, it’s easy to layer, and it goes with most of your wardrobe already.

Don’t believe us? Try it with a white slub henley and tan chinos the next time you want to look sharp – but not too dressed up. $375


Bridge & Burn Nelson Jacket in Cedarwood

The best men’s spring jackets should be as versatile and functional as they are stylish. Bridge & Burn has long been one of our favorite brands for this reason; it’s gotta be the brand’s Pacific Northwest roots.

The Nelson Jacket sits perfectly at that crossroads. It’s made with tough, water-repellent waxed canvas in a chore jacket silhouette, making this the ideal way to switch things up when you get tired of wearing your trusty blazer. $258


Levi’s Premium Trucker Jacket

We know we can count on Levi”s to deliver classic menswear with a modern twist. We feel the same way about the West Coast-based retailers at Unionmade, who are offering this classic jean jacket for a solid price.

A light wash denim jacket is a spring go-to. It layers with ease over everything from a thermal henley to a white Oxford shirt, and it wears well with olive or tan chinos. Feeling edgy? Try it with black denim and tan suede chukka boots. $98


Battenwear Travel Shell Parka

Bear with us for one second as we add another rain jacket to our list of the best men’s spring jackets. More specifically, we’re going to add a truly adventure-ready jacket to this list.

As Battenwear says, they’ve designed the Travel Shell Parka to go anywhere this season. It shows with a mountaineering-inspired green color, wind and water-resistant construction, and a bevy of pockets for your everyday carry essentials. $475


Jungmaven Olympic Jacket

You might know Jungmaven for its super-soft long-sleeve tees, but we’d urge you to consider adding the multi-faceted, workwear-inspired Olympic Jacket to your spring outerwear rotation.

The blend of hemp and organic cotton twill is unique among the best men’s spring jackets. And the fact that you can wear this as a travel jacket or as a day-to-day office blazer is a big plus, too.

The final kicker? Four color options, including a spring-appropriate Supply Green. $198