It’s not cold enough for your heavy winter coat, nor warm enough to go without.

Yes, it’s that tricky inbetween season, when the weather is unpredictable, and you don’t know whether to leave home with your umbrella, your sunglasses, or both.

The spectrum of spring jackets is broad, and what works for a day at the office may not be ideal for the park at weekends.

Duster coats are an elegant solution, as are oversized boyfriend-style blazers, which have a little room for a layer or two beneath.

Hoods are useful for unexpected showers, while utilitarian “shackets” (that’s a shirt-jacket hybrid) have been all over the designer runways.

We road-tested countless jackets in our research – here we bring you the most versatile, flattering and stylish buys around.

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Warehouse double-breasted duster jacket, £55.20, John Lewis & Partners

We were drawn to this lightweight duster coat for its burnt orange colour, which makes it look far more expensive than it is. The fit is relaxed and we liked the deep pockets. Wear it unbuttoned with printed midi-length dresses for the ultimate in trans-seasonal style.

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Kitri Maddison navy cotton shirt jacket, £95, Kitri

This lightweight jacket taps into the utilitarian trend, without being too heavy-handed. It’s slim-fitting with hidden buttons and falls to just the right point at the hip. We liked it worn over a colourful knit or turtleneck, with the sleeves turned up.

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Masscob houndstooth linen-blend blazer £350, Matches Fashion

Spanish label Masscob has won a following for timeless pieces in interesting fabrics, and this versatile loose-cut blazer is perfect for springtime layering. The dropped shoulders and zips at each hip lend it a casual feel, while the muted camel houndstooth makes it infinitely wearable.

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Frame navy smocked jacket, £264.35, Frame

You could wear this linen jacket over anything, from summer dresses to camisoles and T-shirts. The smocking puts a feminine spin on the bomber style and nips in at the waist, making it particularly flattering whether it’s worn zipped or unzipped.

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Rag & Bone Lexington blazer, £455, Rag & Bone

The blazer is a wardrobe workhorse, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. This cobalt wool version is beautifully tailored, but the snap buttons save it from looking too formal. It’s great for lending a shot of colour to a head-to-toe black look, whether you’re headed to the office, the pub or the park.

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Asos Design cord boyfriend coat, £60, Asos

The corduroy trend isn’t going anywhere, and this dusty pink jacket from Asos’s in-house line offers a fresh update on the look for spring. It’s longer than a traditional blazer with a loose fit and double-breasted buttons, plus the front pockets are actually functional. It’s a versatile piece at a fair price.

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Cefinn wool funnel-neck belted jacket, £450, Cefinn

Samantha Cameron’s brand Cefinn has carved a niche for elegant, office-friendly attire, and this black wool-cashmere blend jacket is perfect for your commute. We loved the wide, cropped sleeves and the way the belt cinched us in at the waist. It’s an investment piece, but worth every penny.

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Zara hooded parka, £49.99, Zara

Navigating April showers will be a breeze in this sleek, hooded number from Zara. It zips up to a high neck, though snap buttons conceal the zip, and there are spacious pockets in the front. We really liked the cropped length which gives it a cape-like shape and the unusual colour, which is somewhere between grey and brown.

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Staud Sabrina belted stretch-cotton jacket, £195, Net-A-Porter


Staud made its name with handbags, but its first womenswear collection proves it has a good handle on clothing too. The lilac hue of this minimal shacket-style piece is unlike anything else we’ve seen. The cut is fairly loose, but the belt creates a nice silhouette when it’s tied at the front.

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Monki soft trench coat in deep forest green, £60, Monki

This silky-soft take on a trench is perfect for wearing over those summer dresses you just can’t wait to bring back into your wardrobe rotation. It looks elegant enough for the office or an evening out, plus it comes in a rainbow of colours – and at just £60, you may even be tempted to buy more than one.

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The verdict: Women’s spring jackets

It was hard to pick a favourite in this list since different jackets serve different purposes. For combined versatility, style and price, the one we want most in our wardrobes is the orange Warehouse duster, which we’ll be wearing over everything. But for workdays we liked the Cefinn wool funnel-neck jacket and the navy smocked Frame jacket for weekends.

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