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This is the No.1 sweater trend you'll see everyone wearing this spring

If you want to look and feel stylish and chic this spring, invest in a soft yet structured lady jacket. It's the one spring 2024 trend everyone can pull off.

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With spring in the offing, you'll want to get yourself on trend with this oh-so-versatile piece. (Photos: Gap, J. Crew, Gap Factory)

For many years, I worked as a fashion editor attending brand previews and runway shows to get the scoop on the trends that would dominate the coming season. While my job has changed in the aftermath of the pandemic, the trend hunter lives on within me. I still do my market research so I'm always up to date on the "It" pieces I need in my closet. To wit: For spring 2024, there's one sweater you're going to see everywhere, and now's the time to add this one to your wardrobe: the lady jacket, also sometimes called a sweater jacket.

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Part cardigan, part collarless outerwear, this piece is quintessential Parisian chic. French brands like Ba&sh popularized the lady jacket with its Gaspard Cardigan. J.Crew helped catapult the design even further with its Emilie lady jacket that went viral on TikTok. Now, almost every fashion brand has its own version.

It's easy to see why the lady jacket has become so ubiquitous (and is about to become even more so). It's a versatile top layer that looks good on literally every body type. You can wear it closed as a top or layered over a tee, and it pairs well with jeans, trousers, skirts and even over a dress. Throw on some sunglasses and sandals, and you're good to go. If you only buy one new "trendy" item for the spring, it needs to be this one. And we're about to make it very easy for you to get on board: Here are a few of our fave options starting at just $24.

J. Crew shoppers have joined the hordes of TikTokers raving about the Emilie. Bestowing an overall 4.6-star rating, they've singled out its true-to-size fit and boutique-level quality. "Perfect cardigan!" one of them gushed. "[I like the] lovely gold button details, and it adds so much chic and style to any outfit."

$110 at J.Crew

Available in 18 colors and in sizes S-XL, this knit number is a great way to get the iconic look of a lady jacket at a very down-to-earth price. Amazon shoppers collectively rate if 4.2 out of 5 stars, with one calling it a "cute little Chanel-look sweater."

$40 at Amazon

I loved this piece so much that I tracked it down in store to try it on for myself. It has a really great weight to it, and it looks way more expensive than it is. It's currently available in navy blue and cream, both of which are beautiful. If you can grab this item on sale, do it. It's worth the investment.

$98 at Gap

If you're looking for a spring sweater in pretty seasonal colors, then take a look at this Amazon find. In addition to the lovely cornflower blue hue shown here, it can be found in a lovely pink, a peacock blue-green and olive green. Right now, prices start at just $33, making it wallet-friendly to boot.

$45 at Amazon

Not sure this trend is right for you? Before you spend big bucks on a sweater jacket that you're not sure you'll love, consider grabbing this one from Loft that's on sale for less than $25 right now, down from $98. Available in red and white.

$24 at Loft
Gap Factory

After sampling a slew of these sweaters/jackets, I ultimately decided on this one from Gap Factory. The knit is nice and thick, and it's not as cropped as some of the other styles, so I appreciate the extra coverage around my tummy. There are four colors to choose from: the navy striped version shown here, plus off white, light blue and black.

$63 at Gap Factory

I absolutely love this option from Mango. It nails the lady jacket trend so well. The one downside? It runs very small. I don't have a large chest at all — I typically wear a small, but needed to go up two sizes to get a fit that didn't cause the buttons to gape. That said, the fabric is great quality and the gold buttons don't look cheap at all. If you can find the size that works for you, this one's a major score.

$80 at Mango

At just $34 on Amazon, this is one of the most affordable ways to get on-trend. It's available in four neutral hues — tan, olive green, black and cream — all of which will match a ton of pieces you already have in your closet. Choose from sizes S-XXL.

$34 at Amazon

I know, at nearly $200, this one's a splurge, but several shoppers say it's worth it. One of them wrote: "I've been searching for the perfect lady jacket. I just received the Holly jacket in green with navy accents, and I'm in love. Fabulous quality of knit, not too short, nice buttons. This is superior to many I've seen in local stores."

$180 at Boden

I appreciate that this classic navy-and-white-striped sweater jacket is available in an inclusive size range starting at XXS and going up to XXL. It'll look great with white pants during the summer months as pictured here, but you can also wear it over a white dress or with denim shorts.

$99 at Macy's