Let's Get to It: 6 Spring Jacket Trends You Need to Know in 2022


As tempting as it is to jump directly to the no-layers stage of the year, we're not quite there yet. The fact is it's still cold—or at the very least chilly—so while your puffer coats get a much-needed timeout, it's time to bring some lighter alternatives into the mix, aka jackets.

And like most bits of fashion, jackets go through the trend cycle, with certain styles waning and others gaining momentum. It's been hard to ignore the sudden popularity of the bomber jacket, with celebs including Hailey Bieber and Rihanna backing the trend in a big way. Logo-embossed denim jackets have also been brought into focus with a lot of help from designers Balenciaga and Versace. Plenty of other jacket styles have been buzzing on the scene, so let's get to it, shall we?

Leather Bombers


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With endorsements from some of fashion's favorite It girls, there's no way the leather bomber jacket could not be a thing. And indeed it is—more and more brands have come out of the woodwork with their own takes on it in the past month alone. This time it's about going for a slouchy, oversize fit reminiscent of the kind of jackets dads used to wear in the '90s. 

High-Impact Shades


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I already touched on the increased attention bright, saturated shades have been getting lately, and that certainly translates for jackets. Prada's purple bomber jacket quickly became a cult favorite among the fashion crowd last year, spawning a slew of equally colorful toppers. Opting for bold hues feels unexpected and fresh, which may explain why they've been such a hit this year.

Moto Jackets


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"Dad" jackets seem to be the main theme here, and I'm not mad. Another entry in the category of jackets that are ironically cool right now is the humble moto jacket. While leather jackets are a bona fide wardrobe staple, this take features a motocross-inspired spin. 

Baseball Varsity Jackets


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Riding the sporty wave, varsity jackets are another big trend of the season. It teeters toward fashion's preoccupation with all things oversize, so it's no surprise that it's found fans with tastemakers and celebs alike. 

Logo Denim


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Just by looking at this trend, it's pretty self-explanatory why it's been a front-runner of the jacket game. Fashion people (myself included) tend to love logos, and when you add a classic staple to the mix, it's bound to get people's attention. If you're privy to streetwear looks, it's definitely a trend worth investing in. 

Cloud Jackets


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Back for another round in the spotlight is the quilted jacket. Soft, plush yet lightweight, it's the ultimate option for people who hate to walk around in heavy, bulky layers. A popular way to style them seems to be with athleisure-inspired pieces or casual separates, and fashion people have been eating them up.

Up next: The Category Is Color: 30 Spring Staples Everyone Will Be Wearing in 2022

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Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.