03/15/2012 12:24 EDT | Updated 03/15/2012 12:24 EDT

Spring Jackets That Are Anything But Basic Black

By: Meaghan Yuen,

Finally: it’s the last stretch of winter, which means au revoir to thick coats, heavy boots and chapped skin. It can be an awkward time though, as we repeatedly reach for our winter coat without a second thought.

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But after what seems like forever hiding from the cold, it’s time to lessen the layers and make the aesthetic transition into spring.

Rather than your usual down-filled coat, slip on something lighter like a trench, parka or denim jacket. And instead of black, why not wear one of the pastel colours we’ve been lusting over all winter.

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Shed some much-needed weight (from your wool, puffer and shearing jackets, of course) and see below for some ideas on outerwear for the new season.

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