Many of us are eager to ditch the heavy layers that were mandatory for surviving the cold weather and bring out our breezy dresses and denim shorts. It’s still spring, which means that venturing out in the morning and evening with thighs and arms bare can leave our teeth chattering. Coats are still necessary when the sun isn’t at its peak to stop the chill from seeping into our bones. The season’s staples like anoraks, denim jackets and biker jackets will do the job, but the belted coat is one of the season’s hottest styles.
Belted trenches are classic spring pieces, but there’s more to the trend than that. Building on the soft silhouettes of last year’s popular kimono and robe jackets (and wrapped dresses artfully repurposed as belted jackets), the most popular belted styles feature soft fabrications and longer lengths. (Though, as long as a jacket has a belt that can be cinched at the waist, it qualifies for the trend.)
Besides not having to worry about fiddly zips and buttons, belted jackets are relaxed yet still look chic. What’s more, a belted coat can be knotted tightly in the front for a figure-enhancing silhouette or tied in the back to expose a pretty outfit underneath. The versatility also enables wearers to wrap up on brisker days and wear the jacket open in warmer temperatures without overheating.
As much as we may want to shed some layers in the warmer weather, there likely won’t be any objections about shrugging on one of these belted coats, especially since they look as good with jeans as they do miniskirts. Ahead, shop 15 belted coats that will slot into your spring wardrobe.