Spring jackets

Q. With spring just around the corner, I’m looking forward to ditching my winter coat for a new spring jacket. What styles are in fashion this season?

A. After being bundled up all winter in a heavy coat, you'll be yearning to slip on a light, jaunty jacket instead. And there are so many variations on classic styles this spring - from smart fitted jackets to nautical stripes - there's a danger you'll be spoilt for choice.

RETURN OF THE MAC

Spring showers will soon be here so make a splash in this season's stylish macs. It's usually synonymous with beige - think the Burberry classic - but with designers currently sweet on candy, you can choose from a rainbow of shades. Team it with a pair of killer stilettos and you can create a look that's more Kylie than Columbo.

 

SHORT IS SWEET

To create the perfect hourglass shape, choose a figure-hugging jacket with one or two buttons at the waist - and it's a cinch! Show you mean business - a cropped jacket worn with your favourite jeans will instantly smarten up your act. Invest in your fashion future - a simple, well-designed jacket will never date.

 

THE TUX

A nipped-in, tailored jacket or tux is the perfect way to launch your look into spring. The neat lines will smarten up jeans and add an edge to feminine knits and prints.

 

STATEMENT JACKET

Forget neatly tailored jackets in neutral colours, designed to blend in with the rest of your wardrobe, this season the jacket is the main attraction and the more eye-catching the better. From bright florals to bold stripes, spring sees the arrival of what has been dubbed the 'statement jacket'. On the catwalk, Balenciaga, Diane Von Furstenberg and Dries Van Noten showed the look, while highstreet stores such as Topshop have their own versions - at a fraction of the cost.

 

Double breasted contrast belted beige mac €95 Simply Be

 

 

Cropped jacket, €95 Monsoon

 

 

Keats jacket €150 Monsoon

 

Rihanna statement jacket €75 River Island