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Q&A: Four Winter to Spring Coats

Q: My black wool winter coat looks much too heavy and "dead of winter"-like now.  It’s nearly spring but still very chilly.  Besides a trench, what are some ideas for a full or longer-length coat to get me through these chilly evenings?  I’d like something about knee-length  to wear over dresses. Any cheerful, lighter options?

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Clockwise, from left: 3/4 Sleeve Zip Anorak, Bustle Back Trench Coat, Dahlia Loose Cropped Sleeve Tailored Jacket, Karen Millen Casual Funnel Neck Lightweight Coat.

Since it’s nearly Spring, it’s hard to find good chilly weather coats in stores.  Here’s four suggestions for coats that bridge the gap between Winter and Spring:

3/4 Sleeve Zip Anorak | $74.99 (sale) at Banana Republic
The light color and collarless neckline allow this anorak to transition between casual and formal.  And I love the look of this crisp white jacket over a printed dress.

Bustle Back Trench Coat | $97.41 at ASOS
I know you don’t want a trench, but would you consider an unconventional take on the classic style?  The ruffled bustle on the back of this coat makes it flirty and feminine–perfect for bridging the gap between Winter and Spring.

Dahlia Loose Cropped Sleeve Tailored Jacket | $115.57 at ASOS
For a more unconventional look, you can try an oversized blazer.  The cropped sleeves on this tailored jacket are singing Spring.

Karen Millen Casual Funnel Neck Lightweight Coat | $328.55 at ASOS
The military style of this crisp cotton coat will elevate your Spring dresses.  It’s not a lighter style - but it will pair well with your cheerful, bright dresses.

Have a great tip about a perfect Winter to Spring coat? Share it with us in the comments!

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Zip Detail Belted Tunic

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Unleash your inner rocker goddess with this edgy belted tunic and a pair of tall boots. Or pair it with a striped t-shirt for a hip take on a well-worn classic.

$24.80 at Forever 21.

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