The Best Summer Jackets for an Extra Layer of Style

Whether you’re a tried-and-true minimalist, trend-setter, or oscillate between aesthetics, a light summer jacket makes for a chic style moment. There are timeless hits like the denim jacket, linen blazer, and utilitarian anorak that are key for building upon (or refreshing!) a summer jacket collection.

This season, featherweight leather jackets are a must with effortless staples like denim cut-offs and sandals. Sporty windbreaker jackets are a celebrity-approved garment when paired with bike shorts and chunky sneakers. Cropped jackets pair well with high-rise leggings, skirts, and trousers for relaxed and dressy occasions alike. The summer trench coat is essential for timeless style, both on rainy days and with shorts and bralettes for chic juxtaposition. When the mood is cozy, look to knit jackets for a touch of comfort, without compromising style.

Whether you’re planning for plenty of coastal days, mapping out a few evening outfits where you’re sure to feel a breeze, or planning new at-home ensembles, keep scrolling for our guide to the key summer jacket styles of the season. We’re providing styling ideas for each essential jacket, too, from dressed-up ideas to relaxed looks and outfit combos suited to work.