Q&A: Four Winter to Spring Coats

March 17th, 2009

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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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sal  |  March 17th, 2009 at 6:31 am

    That bustle-back trench is GLORIOUS! I’ve been wearing my olive anorak and faux fur collar and loving that look, but it’s not exactly the most conservative of spring transitional coats.

  • 2. Trisha  |  March 17th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I’m really digging the bustle-back trench too…I love those unexpected details on a classic silhouette. Nice job getting that faux fur collar for under $10!

  • 3. Mimi  |  March 17th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Great- thanks! I’m leaning towards the 3/4 Sleeve Zip Anorak. The bustle back might make MY back look too… bustled LOL

  • 4. Allison  |  March 17th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    LOVE the bustle-back trench! Pretty, unusual, and vageuly steam-punk. YAY!

  • 5. Austin  |  March 19th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Loves the Bustle Back Trench!

  • 6. julissa  |  March 15th, 2010 at 5:33 am

    leave me catalogs of this store or the all collection

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