Top it off! 21 lightweight jackets you'll wear all summer long

Balmy days are often followed by chilly nights, which means you’ll want to have some lightweight jackets on hand to combat the cool air. Prepare for breezy evenings with an array of stylish summer jackets, from denim toppers and paper-thin cardigans, to bombers, trenches and more. Read below for a roundup of our favorites!

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Denim jackets

For an Americana or girl-next-door vibe, nothing beats a denim jacket. We particularly love this classic top styled over a dress — it’s ladylike with a touch of edge. For an of-the-moment update on this wardrobe staple, try a slightly oversized, boyfriend version.

Old Navy Women’s Plus Denim Jacket, $35

Urban Renewal Vintage Denim Jacket, $64

Levi’s Boyfriend Denim Trucker Jacket, $60


It’s time to embrace the summer sweater: aka, an ultra lightweight, thin cardigan. Our favorites come in neutral, beach-y hues and fall somewhere between the hips and ankles. Throw on an open version over jeans and a T-shirt for a casual day-to-night look.

Modern Citizen Tilden Lightweight Open Sweater, $62

The Fifth Horoscope Knit Cardigan, $112

LOFT Sheer Open Cardigan, $45

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Bomber jackets

Whether printed or plain, bomber jackets are undeniably cool and offer a retro, throwback vibe. We love Zara’s current selection, which includes some styles that are reversible! For optimal summer styling, try a shiny satin version with contrast trim.

Zara Printed Bomber Jacket, $70

Boohoo Megan Satin MA1 Bomber, $26

Mango Satin Bomber Jacket, $60

Kimonos and robes

Whether embroidered, tasseled or printed, these bohemian styles all have a well-traveled feel. Wear one as a cover-up on the beach or pair with jeans for a breezy Sunday brunch look.

Madewell Robe Jacket, $98

BB Dakota Rosalynn Rose Revival Kimono, $75

Nasty Gal In Bloom Kimono Robe, $78

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Army jackets

The ultimate choice for fashion-meets-function, army jackets are more than just utilitarian. Plenty of pockets and a go-with-anything vibe help make this the summer version of the little leather jacket.

Express Camouflage Zip Front Military Parka, $88

American Rag Plus Size Military Double Breasted Jacket, $46

Press Lightweight Stretch Cotton Military Jacket, $98

Ladylike blazers

Collarless and chic, a cropped blazer lends a touch of polish to your casual summer clothes. Whether you balance out a pair of baggy boyfriend jeans or team with a ladylike skirt, this work-appropriate layer can easily transform your entire look.

Uniqlo Women’s Collarless Jacket, $30

Mango Crop Jacket, $80

ASOS Tweedy Blazer with Scallop Edge, $89


Elongating and chic, a duster adds a dramatic proportion to any ensemble. Pair with shorts or a skirt and leave it loose and flowy for maximum impact. While a traditional trench will certainly work, we love a trendy sleeveless version for summer.

Pimkie Sleeveless Utility Duster Jacket, $49

River Island Pink Sleeveless Duster Jacket, $80

H&M Long Vest, $50

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