The Best Spring Jackets for Every Shape and Budget

For every shape and budget
girl in fitted jacket and pencil skirt
Sarah McColgan
girl in fitted jacket and pencil skirt
Sarah McColgan
Jackets
PURE AND SIMPLE: A fitted, cropped jacket looks best without underpinnings; pair with a pencil skirt to keep the silhouette sexy. Jacket, $320, Rebecca Taylor; skirt, $88, Banana Republic; sandals, $58, Colin Stuart for Victoria's Secret.
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girl with jacket and blue skirt
Sarah McColgan
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POST-PREPPY: Prim and pleated works for work — just about every day! Blazer, $34.99, blouse, $19.99, Isaac Mizrahi for Target; skirt, $69, Sisley; bag, $425, Diesel.
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girl in white pants and jacket
Sarah McColgan
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THE LAYER-AWAY PLAN: Wear a short-sleeved jacket over a long-sleeved shirt. Jacket, $149, Bebe; shirt, $69, Tommy Hilfiger; pants, $29.80, Forever 21; belt, $295, Alexis Bittar.
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girl in brown jacket and pants
Sarah McColgan
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Jacket, $128, DKNY Jeans; blouse, $165, Gant; pants, $225, Max C; shoes, $280, Stuart Weitzman.
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girl in shorts and blazer
Sarah McColgan
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BEACHY CHIC: Smarten up a pair of shorts with a refined blazer. Blazer, $98, shorts, $39, Tommy Hilfiger; bag, $450, Banana Republic; belt, $38, Landes.
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girl in tan skirt and jacket
Sarah McColgan
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What's edgier than a blazer but just as polished? A cropped-sleeve trench Trench dress, $228, Kenneth Cole New York; top, $68, Banana Republic; skirt, $48, Gap; belt, $62, Landes.
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girl in leather jacket and tulle skirt
Sarah McColgan
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PARTY JACKETS: It's a yin-yang thing: funky over froufrou. Jacket, $385, ABS by Allen Schwartz; dress, $228, Maxstudio.com; shoes, $59, MIA Shoes; necklace, $195, Givenchy; bangles, $170 each, Roxanne Assoulin for R. Dayan.
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girl in red jacket
Sarah McColgan
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TRAPEZE-Y DOES IT: There's a fine line between fabulous and over-the-top (remember Jennifer Hudson's infamous Oscar bolero?) — a jacket with swing, bold color, and a kicky cropped shape gets you the right kind of attention. Jacket, $32.80, Forever 21; tank, $185, M Missoni; pants, $88, To The Max; earrings, $65, necklace, $125, Giles & Brother by Philip Crangi; belt, $85, Lauren by Ralph Lauren.
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girl in black and white dress with black jacket
Sarah McColgan
Jackets
NIGHT AND DAY: The rose-print sundress lasts past sundown, thanks to a puff-sleeve black bolero. DANCING SHOES: Ready to rumba (or rock) in red platform pumps. Bolero, $250, Nanette Lepore; dress, $68, Rampage; pumps, $69, Chinese Laundry.
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girl in floral jacket
Sarah McColgan
Jackets
Florals can intoxicate unless you pair with a refreshing solid, like white. Jacket, $39.80, Forever 21; blouse, $49.50, Express; pants, $69, Nautica.
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girl in shiny black coat
Sarah McColgan
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Coat, $495, Anne Klein New York; bangles, $48 each, Sequin.
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girl in white dress
Sarah McColgan
Jackets
MEET THE TRANSFORMER: A jacket can be all business when belted over trousers, or all fun as a frilly frock for evening. Coat dress, $139, Bebe; pumps, $280, Stuart Weitzman; silver bangles, $48 each, Sequin; gold cuff, $60, Isaac Manevitz for Ben-Amun.
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woman in brown pants and short jacket
Sarah McColgan
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URBAN JACKETS: Major players love layers on weekend, and a sporty jacket tops it off. Jacket, $98, Kenzie; sweater, $63, ParkVogel; top, $49, Liz Claiborne; pants, $69.50, Calvin Klein Jeans.
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girl with white shorts striped shirt and jacket
Sarah McColgan
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SPORTY SPICE: A neon-lined anorak teamed with sexy cuffed shorts smooths the segue from spring to summer. Jacket, $138, DKNY Active; tee, $24.50, Gap; shorts, $58, Kenzie.
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girl in white dress and raincoat
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Raincoat, $275, Tommy Hilfiger; dress, $120, Theory; boots, $98, Hunter Boot; headband, Cutler.
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red haired girl in black blazer
Sarah McColgan
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SLIM LINE: A conservative blazer paired with a radical print? It totally works if the blazer is in a sharp, slim cut. Blazer, $195, Hugo; top, $200, Diesel; jeans, $115, Armani Exchange.
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girl jumping in striped sundress and jacket
Sarah McColgan
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OPPOSITES ATTRACT: Power up a pretty striped dress with a weathered military jacket. Blazer, $128, Gap; dress, $148, Banana Republic; sandals, $145, Matt Bernson.
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girl in hooded capelet
Sarah McColgan
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CAPED CRUSADER: A hooded capelet, the ultimate bad-hair-day cure. Cape, $345, Levi's Eco; striped tee, $35, Liz Claiborne; green tee, $62, Mimi & Coco.
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girl in brown jacket
Sarah McColgan
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TAILORED JACKETS GET NOTICED: Suits look anonymous; stand-alone blazers stand out. Jacket, $179, Liz Claiborne.
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