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Vixen Style: Spring Jackets

VIXEN_style_spring_jacketsWith spring comes so many possibilities, like a new-found appreciation for nature, new love and a new spring jacket. That's right, it's time to get practical. Spring weather and temperatures are so unpredictable -- in the shade it can feel like winter, but in the sun it can be downright balmy. So it helps to have a jacket that is fly and functional; one that is warm enough to keep the spring chill at bay and is lightweight enough to carry should you feel too warm. We've taken the guesswork out of the spring jacket conundrum and found 10 of our favorite styles for 2012. Oh, and did we mention all styles are less than $100!

VIXEN_quilted_jacketColor-blocking has been a major trend the past few seasons and gives this simple, classic jacket a little excitement. The faux leather trim dresses up this quilted jacket, but the salmon color lends it to the more casual side of things. All that equals a fabulous jacket for you!

ASOS Collarless Quilted Jacket, $49.24

VIXEN_bomber_jacketFew things are sexier than a Vixen in menswear-inspired clothing, like a bomber jacket. But, this one goes feminine with a silky fabric and fitted cut.

Wear it with a body-conscious pencil skirt and peep-toe booties for a sultry contrast.

ASOS Air Force Bomber Jacket, $89.53

VIXEN_utility_jacketFool people into thinking you just returned from holiday in the Serengeti with this safari-esque jacket that will go well with all your casual wear.

Gap Utility Jacket, $89.95

VIXEN_cropped_trench_coatA bright pop of color never hurt anyone! This one works because it's a classic jacket silhouette done in a vibrant yellow that is appropriate for rain or shine.

Old Navy Women’s Cropped Trench Coat, $35

VIXEN_denim_jacketYou know we couldn't have a gallery of spring jackets without adding a denim jacket!

Gone are the grungy days of over-sized denim jackets. Nowadays, Vixens require a denim jacket that has a close-fit and can be styled to work with dresses, skirts or pants.

Forever 21 Destroyed Denim Jacket, $28.90

VIXEN_colorblock_jacketThis is by far my favorite jacket on this list. Not only does it look more expensive than it actually is, but it also will work for many seasons to come, including autumn.

BB Dakota Belmont Colorblock Jacket, $69.99

VIXEN_roll_sleeve_anorakCalling all tough Vixens: We have a jacket for you!

Anoraks aren't just for rainy days. We love the look of one over a floral dress or skirt and top combo -- even when the sun is shining.

The look is a contrast between tough and delicate, and should be finished off with some mean shoes and accessories.

New York & Co. Roll-Sleeve Anorak, $49.95

VIXEN_printed_quilted_jacketNow here's a jacket for the Vixen who already has the classic spring jacket covered. We love the fun crop shape and pattern of this jacket. Plus, come Winter, it will be an excellent layering piece.

ASOS Printed Quilted Jacket, $98.48

VIXEN_polka_dot_varsity_jacketPolka dots are a trendy pattern this spring. And, so is the varsity jacket style. So let's marry the two into a truly chic jacket you'll throw over everything!

Forever 21 Polka Dot Varsity Jacket, $29.80

VIXEN_trench_coatIf you don't have a trench coat in your closet, then you need to forget all the other jackets on this list.

The trench coat will forever be one of the chicest outerwear silhouettes because it fits for every occasion -- from an important meeting to a sex kitten rendezvous.

London Fog Double-Breasted Belted Trench Coat, $99.98

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