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14 Summer Jackets Because Sometimes Bare Shoulders Just Don't Cut It

Not an oxymoron—a look.

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There are relationships built on less commitment than some girls have to keeping their jackets on—even in 90-percent humidity—because "It's my look." Personally, I’m a lifelong subscriber to this camp of dressing. Beyond their ability to instantly upgrade summertime ensembles, lightweight jackets are a necessity to have on hand for braving air-conditioned affronts. Ahead, 14 very stylish options at every price point.

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1 Leather Bomber Jacket
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Gucci jacket, $3,900, my theresa.com


Sporty but chic (and complete with a trompe l'oeil bow), this leather bomber jacket from Gucci is a daydream come true for year-round breezy wear. It's undoubtedly a splurge, but you'll be hard-pressed to find any other leather jacket quite like it.

2 Oversized Denim Coat
Prada matchesfashion.com

Shaped with shawl lapels and raglan sleeves, this pink-pastel oversized denim jacket evokes old Hollywood glamour. Pair this white jeans or no pants at all. 

3 Double-Breasted Plaid Blazer
Banana Republic bananarepublic.gap.com

The 70s are back, baby! Channel the best retro vibes with this fitted blazer that comes equipped with snazzy metallic buttons and a pink and brown plaid pattern. 

4 Boxy Crop Shirt Jacket
TOPSHOP nordstrom.com

We will eventually be out and about again and when we are, you can catch me pairing this cropped cream-colored jacket with every sundress in my closet. Note that this style also comes in pink and olive.

5 Fuzzy Terry Zip Sweatshirt
Lou and Grey louandgrey.com

This terry cloth half-zip has a buttery feel to it that we could all use right about now. As the proud owner of this outdoorsy number in its light blue variation, I can attest to this being the softest thing in my closet and my go-to favorite thing to throw on when I want to feel cozy.

6 Belted Linen Blazer

This lightweight utilitarian number features a removable waist belt, so you can switch up how you style it (AKA make it seem like you own 2 really great jackets). Pair this with culottes and a summery blouse, or if you’re feeling moved by minimalism post-spring cleaning, throw this over all white ensemble for a grammable monochromatic look.

7 Quilombe Frayed Checked Metallic Tweed Jacket
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Iro jacket, $500 $275 (50% Off), theoutnet.com


Are you, too, feeling the need for tweed right now? To my left, a metallic number from Iro whose frayed trim details and snap-fastening cuffs lend a subtle rocker vibe. Pair this with your favorite boyfriend jeans and heels for an off-duty model look.

8 Check Print Boxy Jacket

Feminine in its light pink gingham pattern while boxy in shape, this jacket pairs just as sharply with earth tones as it does with loud prints. It’s a versatile piece certain to be a compliment magnet.

9 Satin Blazer
Camila Coelho revolve.com

Make power moves with a satin blazer. This punchy pastel hue works for day-to-night occasions—whether paired with its coordinating shorts or with your favorite white jeans.

10 Dark Wash Fitted Denim Jacket

If you’re on the prowl for a denim jacket with a slimming fit, AG’s Robyn jacket is a notably savvy option. It’s soft and stretchy, and comes in a dark wash that won't look too casual at work. 

11 Linen Biker Jacket
& Other Stories stories.com

What I love about this cropped linen biker jacket is that it's completely maximalist in shape, but earthy in its color and texture. Style this with its coordinating slacks or a flowing skirt.

12 Asymmetric Trench
AllSaints us.allsaints.com

I realize that daydreaming an article of clothing into existence isn’t how the world works, but this trench comes pretty close. Detailed with epaulettes, buckled cuffs, and a removable belt, this timeless staple will make a smart addition to your wardrobe. 

Tiger Stripe Denim Jacket
L'Agence intermixonline.com

Joe Exotic but make it sleek and unproblematic. Here, an animal-printed jacket that can cleverly be styled as a neutral if you're feeling extra fierce. Be sure to also introduce this piece to your favorite black dresses and white sneakers. 

14 Strawberry Print Cotton Quilted and Silk-Blend Jacket

A Danish love letter to summer in wearable form. With plaid sleeves and whimsical strawberry motifs, this piece is well-suited for a maximalist.

15 Waterproof Holographic Jacket
Rains saksfifthavenue.com

When you're a Scandinavian fashion girl who'd never be caught in a drugstore plastic poncho. 

16 Open Front, Flowy Trench Coat
Babaton aritzia.com

If you're in the market for something flowy to swish around in, Barbaton's Lawson coat is iconic. (And if you're wondering why the style looks so familiar, Meghan Markle has sported this in olive.) 

17 Floral Print Cropped Jacket
Fendi farfetch.com

As evidenced by this resin finished masterpiece, Fendi SS20 has proven that florals for spring can, in fact, be groundbreaking.  Here, a playful piece worth creating entire mood boards around and ogling over from afar if it skews out of budget. (Which, same. But a gal can dream!). 

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