As a Canadian, I can think of few better feelings than stepping outside on the first day of the year that you don’t need your heavy, tired winter jacket. The birds are chirping, the snow is melting, and for once, you don’t feel like you hate people.
Best part is, you’re wearing that handsome spring jacket you’ve been itching to put on since you had the foresight to prepare for this cathartic moment during the great cold some weeks prior.
I love my parka, don’t get me wrong, but winters up here can last five months, and putting on that same jacket every day gets a little stale. Consider bringing a stylish, lightweight option into your rotation as the weather starts to thaw. You can layer it with shirts, sweaters and hoodies as required. Trust us, you’d be wise the switch it up once in a while, lest people begin to think your winter coat has become fused to your skin.
These six gems are ideal for transitioning into spring. Think of this as an invitation to a party you really don’t want to miss.
Golden Bear Leather-Panelled Bomber Jacket
The varsity jacket has been an quintessential in-betweener since forever now, and but you should do your best to avoid inheriting the oversized one your mum owns from back in her college days. Good thing extremely highly regarded outerwear brand Golden Bear is here to step in and save the day with this tasteful leather-panelled navy wool varsity. It’ll hold its own against any Ivy League trash people try to throw at it.
Remi Relief Shearling-Trimmed Corduroy Jacket
If you’ve followed any of the menswear fashion weeks at the start of this year even remotely, you’ll have noticed involvement of shearling and corduroy has skyrocketed in the outfits of the sartorially-minded recently. And going off of the popularity of the trucker jacket last fall, this shearling/cord trucker jacket is kind of a mathematical equation of success. In case you fear that sounds awfully close to the fallacy of composition to coax you into thinking this is a good idea, I also think it looks darn handsome, if I do say so myself.
Frank and Oak Quilted-Knit Bomber Jacket in Dark Sapphire
The return of spring and warm weather is also good for guaranteeing a couple more things: bombers and floral. Here, this jacket does both at the same time. The bomber jacket has been ever-present amongst the youth of today for the past few years. The casual silhouette gets played with a lot, namely in terms of puffiness, but this simple and relaxed bomber keeps things from going too far over towards Kanye on that spectrum, and actually looks somewhat sophisticated. Well, as sophisticated as an entirely floral bomber can be — the muted colourway helps in that department.
Canada Goose Lodge Packable Shell Hooded Down Jacket
Moving away from muted, the bright red colourway on this Canada Goose hooded down jacket is perhaps the most spring appropriate on this list so far. That kind of bold colouring doesn’t always work in winter, but is refreshing (when done correctly) to see once again as the temperature goes up. This type of light puffer jacket has been super popular over the last little while for good reason, they’re easy to wear, they’re somewhat water resistant, they’re very lightweight, and yet they keep you warm when you need them to.
Van Gils Devon Patch Pocket Nylon Blazer
With the amount of precipitation that falls from the sky after winter, this list really should have a few water resistant options, and so should your business wardrobe. This blazer is practical for the change in temperature, as well as keeping up a more formal appearance. Do not wear this into your next boardroom meeting — it’s no substitute for your three-piece — but it is the perfect compromise between a rain jacket and a blazer for a more professional and refined everyday jacket.
Private White V.C. Slim-Fit Moleskin Bomber Jacket
If you haven’t heard of Private White V.C., they’re a company out of Manchester, England that has made its name producing some of the highest-quality British-inspired outerwear out there. It’s expensive, kind of hard to get, but worth it all. Moleskin is a fabric I’ve always been a big fan of — something about the suede-like napped finish just gives the cotton that extra bit of quality to the touch. The slim-fit and stretch elements to the jacket give the heritage brand a nice dose of modernism, and make it a jacket perfect for throwing on over a T-shirt or button-up.