While there was SO much to talk about following last week’s presidential inauguration, one could not overlook the beautiful, brightly colored statement coats worn by many of the distinguished women in attendance. From the rich purple worn by our new Vice President Kamala Harris to the cheerful periwinkle worn by Dr. Jill Biden and sophisticated plum and burgundy worn by Michelle Obama, the stunning jackets signaled the optimism and joy felt by many. The younger generation fell right in step; Ella Emhoff was striking in a bejeweled plaid Miu Miu coat and poet laureate Amanda Gorman looked radiant in a sunny yellow Prada double-breasted coat with red headband.
While most of us do not have many special events to attend in the near future, luckily we can still spread sunshine in brightly colored coats and jackets. Even if only worn to the grocery store, a dressed down statement coat paired with a neutral sweater and denim will elevate our mood (and maybe turn some heads!) Rainwear and workout jackets in hot pink and bold yellow will brighten up any outfit. Even if only to be happily reminded of last week’s inauguration, read on for my selection of coats, jackets and vests to wear now into spring. And if a bold jacket isn’t your style, I have included a few prints and neutrals in the mix.
The last layer should make a great first impression. This flattering, feminine coat from J.Crew features front patch pockets and an oversized collar. Half off right now. Other colors also available and petite and tall sizing too.
This tush-covering topcoat is made in J.Crew’s favorite fabric: a supercozy boiled wool (translation: it’s tightly woven for major warmth and less bulk) and made in Italy. Finished with raw edges and big pockets for the perfect extra touches. Available in 8 colors, some on sale. Limited sizes and selling fast.
This best-selling customer favorite wool dress coat from J.Crew comes in 9 colors and all are on sale right now. This color is perfect for cool spring days and nights.
This lightweight parka from GAP is made from upcycled materials. I love this lilac shade, and it also comes in black and olive. Available in petite. 40% off right now.
Hit the pavement with complete confidence in Nike’s lightweight running jacket made from water-repellent woven fabric with a relaxed fit for easy movement.
With over 500 great reviews, this recycled PrimaLoft Shell from Athleta is available in this beautiful abalone grey and also black. Great to layer with now, and wear alone in spring.
From J.Crew, this quilted cocoon puffer is ideal now and into the spring. 20% off and also in hot pink. Petite and tall sizes available too. Limited sizes.
Meet J.Crew’s newest hybrid layer: an indoor/outdoor chameleon with all the polish of a blazer and all the coziness of a coat. Crafted in a luxe wool-cashmere blend from Italy’s Mario Bellucci Mill, this sleek style will keep you warm, no matter what. In 5 colors, and on sale right now.
Play all day wearing this vibrant jacket that conjures up classic images of puddle jumping and singing in the rain. On sale right now.
This long down vest is packable in the included sak. In black camo, it is on-trend and fun. Could layer under another jacket as well or wear alone this spring. 30% off right now.
From Bloomingdales, this geometric quilted hooded jacket from Karl Lagerfeld Paris is 30% off right now. In silver with black accents, it can be dressed up or down. Perfect for long walks outside.
I have been seeing quilted jackets for spring from a lot of retailers lately. Maybe because they are cozy and we are all about that right now. Available in four colors. Olive green is on sale.
In this chic taupe animal print, the long puffer vest looks fashionable and cozy. Also in a black floral print. Great for now as a layering piece, or worn alone in spring.