10 Sick Transitional Jackets and Hoodies That Let You Retire Your Parka
It’s that time of year when the temperatures say parka season but your Canada Goose look is more tired than the Knicks’ defense. Enter these light, layerable spring jackets, zip-ups, and hoodies. With the right styling, they’ll keep you warm through March, and you’ll be ahead of the curve come spring.
Signature Hoodie: Champion
The iconic Champion Reverse Weave Hoodie was a born hustler. It’s the reigning king of sweatshirts for good reason: it looks clean with just about anything but your church pants (and TBH, maybe even those). A subtle vintage Champion logo is embroidered on the front, and there’s a classic C logo patch on the left cuff. Made from heavyweight fleece with a brushed interior, it offers peak warmth layered over a thermal tee.
Practicality, meet style. With a full-zip closure and drawstrings, you can decide just how much coverage you need from this Off-White logo hoodie. The arms and back feature the beige tape overlay emblematic of Virgil Abloh’s Spring 2020 collection. The hoodie has a slim-fit silhouette, and side-slip pockets are deep enough for your phone and wallet.
Bomber: Alpha Industries Multi MA-1 Flight Jacket
For military-level coverage, the MA-1 fighter pilot jacket belongs in your arsenal. The first military jacket to crossover to mainstream fashion, Alpha Industries has kept this version as close as possible to its original specifications. That includes multiple snap pockets, a front zipper with storm flap, and the iconic “remove before flight” keychain. Comfort rated in temperatures between 25 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it nails that in-between season. Wear over athleisure for optimum style.
Drawstring Sweatshirt: Martine Rose
London-based designer Martine Rose has an uncanny talent for being avant garde without going over the top, and this deep green sweatshirt is the perfect example. Drawstrings around the mock neck and hem make the silhouette customizable, and little details like tonal coloring and subtle red piping add personality. On the chest, yellow embroidery reads “someplace special.” Sounds like exactly where we want to go come March.
Graphic Hoodie: Palm Angels
Whatever your climate, embrace California vibes with Palm Angels—Moncler Art Director Francesco Ragazzi’s ode to the LA skateboarding scene. If you haven’t drank the Kool Aid yet, this hoodie is a great place to start: a printed Shanghai Spray logo on the front, graphic back, and the perfect dropped-shoulder fit.
Label Sweatshirt: Maison Margiela
French minimalism, in a sweatshirt. This design makes you wonder how something can be so simple yet so perfect, with a round neck, relaxed fit, and barely-there graphic print. It’s an ideal transition piece styled over a collared shirt, or on its own come warmer days.
Puffer Vest: The North Face
In 1995, The North Face dropped the now-iconic Denali Jacket. Its follow-up album? This classic ripstop vest. Today’s version features signature design details like a boxy silhouette, oversized baffles, and a bungee cinch at the hem. No surprise it’s also insanely functional, with goose down insulation and a stowable hood.
All-Over Print Hoodie: Billionaire Boys Club
For days when you just want to peacock, this hoodie is street fashion at its best. The hood has a geometric interior, and the all-over pattern combines graphic prints and embroidery to a graffiti effect. You’d expect no less from Pharrell’s Boys Club.
Anorak: Reigning Champ
If Anorak jackets make you think of canapé and country clubs, enter this water-repellent nylon jacket from the Reigning Champ x Jide Osifesto collaboration. This modern-utilitarian take on the style is better paired with Jordans than Top-Siders. Details including welted front pockets, exaggerated drawcords, and a three-panel scuba collar hood make it a streetwear staple in an oversized fit.
If you’re like us, you want to shop the new season’s collection the day it drops, but the weather doesn’t always follow suit. These crisp hoodies, classic jackets, and nostalgic pieces can be layered now and worn solo later so you can be ahead of the trend—and give that parka a break.