Even when spring is in the air or summer has arrived, there will still be plenty of days when you want to wear a coat or jacket. Today, let’s explore how to choose a summer coat as well as some of the most stylish women’s jackets for summer that are in stores now.
First of all, when thinking about how to choose a summer coat, I think it’s important that you see your coat as an important piece of your wardrobe. It will usually get a lot of wear and it’s just as important to look and feel stylish when you are out and about in the streets than it is when you are indoors. If you like to wear a variety of styles in outfits you may like to have a few coat options as well.
The advantage of spring and summer is that your coats do not need to be as thick as winter coats and you can also use lighter jackets as your outerwear. Many jackets can do double duty as inner wear in the colder months.
For more styling tips, read our top tricks on what to wear in summer.
What to think about when choosing the best women’s jackets for summer
1. The weather
An obvious one. But what is the weather like where you are, and will your coat cope with it? For example, if it’s often rainy, you’ll want a waterproof option, but if it’s generally dry, then a little jacket to add warmth should be all you need.
2. Style or practicality
What purpose does your coat need to serve. Maybe you’re wearing if to stay dry or warm, or perhaps you actually just want your coat to add a little extra style to your outfit.
Melanie @melanie.rae.miller above shows how you could wear a duster jacket or ruana over your vest and shorts combo. Perfect if you want to cover up a little during the summer without adding too much warmth.
3. Will it go with your outfits?
You want your summer coat to go with the outfits you have in your closet. If you want a versatile choice, then a denim jacket, moto jacket or a blazer should go with most things.
4. Casual or formal?
Your jackets for summer can change the tone of your outfit so bear that in mind when thinking about how to choose a summer coat that is right for you. For example, you could add a denim jacket to make your summer dress look more casual, or a blazer for a more formal occasion.
5. Are you traveling?
If you’re heading on vacation, you’re likely to need a cover-up of some sort for cooler evenings. Choose a coat or wrap that you can wear on the plane, and then when you arrive.
Best summer coats
Now that you’re thinking about why you need your summer coat, let’s look at some of the most stylish coats you could choose from stores now.
The Trench coat
Often listed as a must-have essential, the trench coat is always chic and a true classic. Both long and short versions look great with many outfits. This season there is a great variety of trench coats from classic cuts to more modern versions.
I especially like lighter colored trench coats for their great versatility. Choosing a trench in a color that is different from the traditional beige creates a great dynamic between the classic and the hip.
Trench coats look very good over jeans and classic pants but can also easily be worn with a-line skirts. Shorter trench coats look younger and more sporty while longer trenches have a more classic look.
The coat I chose for the summer is a modern variation of the trench coat from Stella Carakasi.
While this coat (above) is past season, Stella Carakasi’s coat (below) is very similar.
The blazer jacket
On warmer days, all you may need is a blazer jacket to serve as your coat. I especially like blazers with more casual jeans, as they can make a very casual outfit more chic.
An extra benefit of the blazer is that you can wear it as part of your indoor looks too.
You could choose a pale neutral shade, or a bright color. Look out for options in linen to keep you cool.
You could also look out for a style that combines blazer with cardigan, like Adaline @sdmomstyles below.
The biker or moto jacket
Biker jackets are super hip right now and a great option when you want to add a bit of an edge to your look. You can buy these in lighter or heavier materials and they can be worn as outerwear but also as part of an outfit.
They look great and very modern over straight or A-line skirts as they make these more classical skirts more hip. They can also be worn with skinnies or straight jeans.
The leather jacket
Also very current is the leather jacket. Especially if you combine the other trend of moto jackets into the mix. You can opt for lined or unlined versions, with the latter ones being very suitable for summer.
I’ve worn my unlined leather jacket on its own as inner wear as well as outer jackets to protect against the chill when in Europe and the US during summer.
The denim jacket
Another option this summer is the denim jacket. They look good with so many clothes.
Style them with lighter bottoms like white pants or with your favorite skirts. They also look great over long dresses.
It’s also a good idea to combine dressy items with denim as this creates a great contrast and an interesting casual chic outfit. It’s the perfect way for 40+ women to wear denim.
This summer you can also choose to wear denim on denim which is very trendy right now. For more ideas also check out our article on how to wear a denim jacket.
The bomber jacket
Part of the sporty luxe trend, the bomber jacket will appeal to those with a more sporty style. It’s fun to combine these with more formal pants and straight skirts for a nice contrast.
Of course they are great for an all-round casual vibe as well, but I usually feel they look better on 40+ women if you dress them up a bit.
Women’s jackets for summer – The linen jacket
Linen jackets are great for summer.
They are the perfect cover up for warmer summer days or slightly cooler evenings but these jackets are also great to wear on its own as I’m doing here (below). I also recently wore this an outer jacket with a draped dress.
Read this in-depth article on linen jackets and how to wear linen this summer.
The sleeveless jacket
If the chill on your arms does not bother you then a sleeveless coat is a great trendy option. We especially love the long sleeveless coat or vest for the long lean line it creates which is slimming and elongating. Or, you could try a shorter, moto style to give your outfit an edge. You can either wear with no sleeves, or long sleeves.
If you love to wear sleeveless jackets or a vest, we have some tips on how to wear them and a great list of options available online here.
women’s jackets for summer – Kimono or duster
If you want to add interest to your outfit, or perhaps a little coverage, without too much warmth, then a duster or kimono style could work. You could try a formal duster over an evening dress, or a casual style over your vest and shorts.
Similar to the duster and kimono, you can pop a lightweight ruana over your summer outfits, and they can also do double duty as a swimsuit cover up.
You’ll find more swimsuit cover-ups in this article.
Jas @thefashionstylefile above chooses a utility jacket with her jeans and sandals.
If it isn’t rainy, then a cardigan may be all you need. You could choose a shorter, cropped style with high waist pants, or a longer cardigan.
If you have an event to attend this summer, then a bolero may be perfect to wear over your dress.
Also take a look at how to cover up a formal dress.
A cropped jacket looks perfect for summer. Cropped styles can make your legs look longer, as they make your torso look shorter proportionately. Cropped jackets look good worn with high waisted, wide pants or your dresses.
women’s jackets for summer – shirt jacket
A shirt jacket (or shacket) will give you the warmth you need without being as bulky as your winter coats. Wear with your casual wear.
For a lightweight cover up, you could also try a poncho over your outfits. Ideal if you want to cover up while your travelling, and then you want something to cover your shoulders while on vacation.
Perhaps your summer coat needs to be practical. If you think that you might get showers, a waterproof or water resistant option will be what you need. Wear for walking, hiking, or with your casual clothes. Also check the best trench coats for summer.
What kind of coat are you looking to add to your wardrobe this summer? Let us know in the comments below,
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