What are you seeking in a spring jacket? Something that’s built to handle hiking in a rain storm? Or are you looking more for comfort—a jacket that is easy to throw on and goes with every outfit, adding a layer of warmth for gusty spring days. Of course, it would be ideal if this spring jacket was wearable in fall and summer too. Indeed there are many things to consider!
Knowing that there isn’t room in the closet (or budget) for every type of outerwear, we thought that a round-up of some of our favourite options for spring could help you discern what, exactly, you want and need. Naturally we looked to Canadian designers and independent retailers we love to help inspire your quest for the perfect spring jacket.
Soia & Kyo Carmen Water Repellent Packable Pull-Over – $195
After a long winter, putting something this bright on feels hopeful, exciting even. The water-repellent, hip-length pull-over is designed with adjustable elastic drawcord at the hood, elasticized cuffs and a kangaroo pocket with welt opening. Like those K-ways from childhood, we love that this Soia & Kyo jacket rolls up into a packable pouch. More details on this beauty here.
Lululemon Always Effortless Jacket – $138
This wind-proof and water-repellent Lululemon bestseller is designed for people on the move. The classic fit hits just below the hip and allows for layering underneath, for those days that dip under 15 degrees. Always on the lookout for good pockets, the Effortless Jacket has zippered hand pockets and a hidden phone sleeve. With a cinchable waist and stowable hood, it’s a great lightweight option that can handle fickle weather. See more Lululemon spring jackets here.
Joe Fresh Pink Raincoat – $69 (On Sale now for $49)
If low cost is the number one priority, this cute waterproof Joe Fresh raincoat is your best bet. With a big hood, long sleeves, two flap pockets, snap-button placket, and two-way zipper closure, this pink dream will keep you dry on mucky days, and also comes in a pretty sky blue colour. Grab it while it’s here.
Wuxly Roncy Tri-Seasonal Tech Shell – $495
There are a lot of impressive details to share about the Roncy Tri-Seasonal Tech Shell, but what wowed us the most is that this waterproof shell is made from recycled plastic bottles. This is a jacket with a story. But it’s also built strong to withstand messy weather. There are a lot of selling features, easier relayed in a list.
- Critical seams sealed to prevent moisture penetration
- Removable insulated vest for that extra layer of warmth
- Hood with brim stiffener and adjustable draw cord to keep the rain and the wind out
- Smart pockets with internal organizing compartments for everyday essentials
- Reflective features along the back yoke, back pull and drawstrings to keep you visible on dark and grey days
- Handy back pull to hang your jacket
- Adjustable cuffs
- Sleeve pocket for quick tap of your metro pass or credit card (COOL!)
- Security pocket on the shell interior to keep your valuables
We applaud Wuxly’s commitment to sustainability, as well as their promise to remain vegan and cruelty-free. See their full collection here.
Artizia Babaton Vanasco Trench Coat – $268
As we’ve come to expect, Aritzia has about 900 different spring jackets to choose from, but we like the timeless quality of this classic trench coat. Perfect for heading back to the office, weekend brunch dates, or city sleuthing. Lined with interior pockets and a removable belt, this trench is fun to style, and an addition to your wardrobe that will never go out of style. More details here.
Kurt Lyle Diega Jacket in Olive – $315 (On sale for $180)
We love a good deal, and we found it in this Kurt Lyle Diega Jacket, currently on sale at Toronto’s beloved Ease boutique, which is committed to slow fashion.
Inspired from traditional sportswear the Diega jacket is a full length nylon shell featuring long sleeves with a round neck and a zip in hood. Not sure if it’s the model or the jacket, but we’re definitely feeling a take-no-shit vibe with this one. Love the length, and the fact that putting this on over anything is a fashion statement. Get it on the Ease online shop, and browse all of their treasures.
Hilary Radley Chocolate Car Coat – $100
Another way to find a less expensive spring jacket is to head out on a vintage crawl. The thrill of the hunt is satisfying in and of itself, but especially rewarding when you find a gem like this 1990s Hilary Radley car coat.
The Chocolate Car Coat with a wool lining is currently for sale at Penny Arcade. Raglan sleeves, trapeze shape, angled pockets, cuff sleeves are a few of its redeeming features. If you’re a size 14, move fast.
Soia & Kyo Kya Water-Repellent Trench – $445
The Soia & Kyo Kya is a classic trench with a modern twist! This double-breasted knee-length trench is detailed with a micro-quilted combo on the sleeves and back form flap, a notch collar, and includes a belt that can cinch the waist, for a mores defined look. Fully lined and water-repellent, this handsome jacket will keep you dry and feeling good. The Kya Trench also comes in sage and sand colours. See full Soia & Kyo spring collection here.
Nobis Ines Anorak – $650
Crafted from windproof, water-repellent, and breathable premium fabric, Ines is a fashionable and functional mid-length anorak that will keep you covered and protected—rain or shine. It features a seam-sealed construction, high funnel neck and Nobis’ DPTM Nylon lining for added element protection. A drawstring hood, hem and waist allow for a customizable fit, while multiple exterior pockets offer handy storage for small valuables with a utilitarian-chic edge.
While on the pricier end, this is definitely a jacket that can be used spring and fall. See other colours here.
Valerie Dumaine Upcycled Niman Jacket – $235.00
This gorgeous blazer will not keep you dry, but it is the kind of jacket you will live in.
Made in Montreal by designer Valerie Dumaine, the Niman Jacket has been made using reclaimed fabrics as a raw material resource, diverting it from landfill and incineration. Comprising of 75% Wool / 25% Polyamide, this is an outer layer that will keep you warm on chillier days in spring and fall, and the perfect jacket for summer nights when the temperature dips. Sold at Victoire Boutique, you can see more patterns and colours of the Niman Jacket here.
Frank And Oak Skyline Reversible Bomber in Cappuccino – $169
This reversible bomber by Frank And Oak is a bestseller for good reason: it’s designed to keep you warm and dry throughout the seasons. Made with Canadian weather in mind, this winning jacket can be worn on its own, or under any coat.
- Made from a recycled PET bottle blend and animal-free Thermore® Ecodown® insulation
- Wind-resistant and water-repellent
- Cire finish for added fabric protection
- Ribbed collar and cuffs
- Fully machine washable (to save you a yearly trip to the dry-cleaners)
- Compatible with all Smart-Layer topcoats thanks to our famous snap system
Horses Atelier Patch Pocket Jacket – $525
While HORSES just released a smokin’ hot vinyl trench, we decided to insert the Patch Pocket Jacket into this round-up, as it has become a timeless favourite, and definitely a piece that is perfect for coolish spring days, but also something you’ll wear throughout the year. Open and oversized with a shawl collar and lined patch pockets, this beautiful piece offers a relaxed fit, and instantly turns any ol’ jeans and a t-shirt pairing into a total knockout look. Of course we love that it’s locally made in Toronto.
Nobis Hydra Unisex Performance Poncho – $650
The Hydra Unisex Performance Poncho is the closest thing to a real-life superhero costume and can handle extreme weather Crafted from durable micro-denier fabric with sealed seams for high-performance protection and with a lightweight nylon lining, the Hydra is built to withstand the wettest conditions (even the zipper is waterproof). We appreciate the deep front “kangaroo pocket”, which also doubles as a space to pack the Hydra in, when travelling.
Dramatic, durable and machine washable—the Nobis Hydra ticks a lot of boxes.
The Hydra is available for pre-sale as part of the upcoming Spring/Summer 2022 collection, and comes in white, black, and tea and old gold. Which colour is calling your name? Simu Liu is a big fan.