21 of the best lightweight jackets for spring

As lockdown restrictions ease across the UK (hoorah!), outdoor dining at pubs and restaurants is now officially back on the agenda in England.

Finally, finally, we have a reason to plan outfits and buy a few new pieces for spring and summer. But, of course, this is still Britain after all, and we know only too well that we can’t predict the weather in this country – cloud, rain and even snow are just as likely in April and May as they are in December and January. So with that, our outdoor dining outfits had better include a lightweight jacket for when there’s still a nip in the air (or even raindrops in our wine glass).

We’ve scoured the high street for some of the best lightweight jackets that are perfect for an al fresco dining situation this spring, from shackets, blazers and trenches to more weather-repellent raincoats for the truly dedicated among us.

From £25.99, all our lightweight jackets picks are under £100 so you can even afford to invest in a couple of options so you never have that ‘I have nothing to wear!’ situation.

21 of the best lightweight jackets for spring:

green boxy jacket

Maisie Overshirt, £89, Whistles

A boxy shape in a hard wearing fabric will bring a casual weekend vibe to an outfit.

beige shacket

Ladies Outer Jacket, £39.99, Reserved

The slightly thicker fabric here will serve you well for keeping the chill out.

green check jacket

Textured Check Overshirt, £49.99, Zara

Pockets are always a good idea and these ones are big enough that you can go blissfully handbag-free.

patchwork denim jacket

Patchwork Denim Cropped Jacket, £47.20 (was £59), Warehouse

Patchwork detailing makes this not just your ordinary denim jacket, elevating it to ‘going out-worthy’ status.

pale pink shacket
New Look

Pink Long Cotton Shacket, £29.99, New Look

We say a shacket in every colour will serve you (and your wardrobe) well. This blush pink one will bring some spring cheer to any outfit.

leather-effect jacket

Puffed leather-effect jacket, £35.99 (was £59.99), Mango

A real leather jacket can be an investment, causing you to opt for ‘goes with everything’ classic black. Faux leather, on the other hand, is cheaper, opening up a world of opportunities, such as this gorgeous sage green situation.

blue gingham jacket
The Ragged Priest

Kickers Gingham Classic Denim Jacket, £80, The Ragged Priest

Gingham just screams spring and this cheery sky blue number will be the ultimate cover-up for picnic dates.

yellow corduroy shacket
Lucy & Yak

Kathy Organic Corduroy Jacket in Tawny Mustard, £45, Lucy & Yak

No sun in the sky? No problem – be the sunshine in this mustard yellow corduroy oversized shirt jacket.

blue check shacket
George at Asda

PIECES Lilac Check Longline Shacket, £65, George at Asda

George at Asda is one of our favourite places to shop for spring fashion right now and this gorgeous checked shacket proves why.

lilac raincoat

Rubber Rain Jacket, £50, Next

A bit of rain never hurt anyone – especially when you look oh so chic in your lilac raincoat.

yellow denim jacket

Boxy denim jacket, £40, Monki

Denim doesn’t have to be boring – this graphic yellow-toned jacket from Monki proves that.

black lightweight long jacket

Lightweight trenchcoat, £34.99, H&M

A classic lightweight black trench will never serve you wrong.

boxy denim jacket
& Other Stories

Relaxed Patch Pocket Denim Jacket, £85, & Other Stories

Clasic deep blue denim in an unexpected boxy cut – with pockets!

quilted floral print jacket

Printed quilted jacket, £69.99, Mango

The quilted fabric will keep you warm while the ditsy floral print says ‘hello spring’.

cropped beige jacket

Water-repellent jacket, £49.99, Zara

A truly chic and genuinely water-repellent jacket is hard to come by, but Zara just made very good headway in this department.

pink check blazer

Checked flowing blazer, £25.99, Stradivarius

For when there’s just a bit of a cool breeze, a lightweight relaxed blazer is all you need to cover your arms.

trench coat

Contrast Color Trench Coat, £64.95, NA-KD

The volume in this trench will add a certain amount of drama to any look.

camo jacket

Cotton Camo High Neck Utility Jacket, £39.50, M&S

For casual weeknights in the pub garden (we’ve got some making up to do, after all), a relaxed camo jacket will do the trick.

faux leather blazer
Nasty Gal

Faux Leather Longline Blazer, £42 (was £60), Nasty Gal

A leather blazer will put you bang on trend this season, and this faux one does a great job of looking like the real thing.

check long jacket
River Island

Brown check print hooded longline shacket, £65, River Island

Great for keeping all of you warm, right down to your knees.

cord collar trench coat

ASOS DESIGN cord collared boyfriend trench coat in stone, £65, ASOS

We can imagine strolling into the garden of a country pub in this one.