The Best Lightweight Jackets To Keep You Warm In The Summer Breeze

You still need a jacket in hot girl summer.

The art of layering in summer is a learned skill, and one you will probably be forced to learn following a night out where you end up shivering having underestimated those cool summer breezes or carting around a far too heavy jacket that didn’t even go with your outfit to begin with.

A lightweight summer jacket is one of those wardrobe essentials that we won’t realise we need until it’s too late. But when you live in the Southern Hemisphere, particularly by the coast, you’re guaranteed to need one at some point.

From the office to a night out, even a casual throwover for when the day seems cool but that classic Australian humidity will have you sweating in a jumper. 

Still unsure what kind of jacket to look for this summer? Read on to find our favourite picks from across the internet that will keep you warm on those cool summer nights. 

The best lightweight summer jackets for women to shop this summer 2023 

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JACANDMOOKI Preston jacket, $89.50 (was $179), The Iconic 

If there is one wardrobe staple to ensure you have on hand it’s a denim jacket. These can go from season to season and can be dressed up or down for any occasion or climate. 

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Mishka kimono, $69, Petal & Pup

A kimono is perhaps the perfect summer jacket as it slots in perfectly with flowing dresses and summer ‘fits yet still offers some coverage.

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Michelle oversize plunge neck blazer, $99.95, Showpo

As we mentioned summer is the time to experiment with colour and this hot pink blazer makes quite the statement. Go monochrome à la Barbiecore or simply pair it with jeans and a bralette for a casual chic look.

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Blaise tie front jacket, $60 (was $120), Nude Lucy

Made from a soft cotton denim, this breathable short sleeved jacket makes a great option for those cooler summer days as it won’t feel to constrictive whilst providing your core with extra warmth. 

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BY.DYLN Fargo jacket, $140, THE ICONIC

This oversized, cropped white jacket is the perfect throwover for a night out in summer. The contrasted stitching and hardware add some edge to your look, pair it with a summer mini, add some heels and you’re set. 

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Cotton twill utility jacket, $69.99, H&M

A looser fitting utility jacket, this is a great piece for layering come winter time or thrown over a floral mini in warmer weather. 


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Robin oversized suiting vest, $129, Meshki

A great office jacket, the Sloane tailored vest is great for layering and can be dressed up or down. 

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Short jacket, $76.96 (was $109.95), NA-KD

This sunshine yellow cropped jacket is a great summer piece as not only will the colour match the vibe of your seasonal wardrobe and its versatile design allows you to wear it loosely undone for a relaxed fit during warm days or buttoned up on cooler evenings.

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Kiran tailored blazer, $136.50 (was $195), Nude Lucy

An oversized blazer will always make a great warm-weather jacket, go up a size to ensure there is ample room and you don’t feel stuffy whilst still looking effortlessly polished and pulled together. 

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What jackets are good for summer? 

There are a couple of key details to look for when trying to nail the summer jacket. 

Light fabrics

Look for breathable fabrics like linens and cotton that allow breeze yet offer coverage when you do get hit by cooler nights. These lighter fabrics also are much more ‘summery’ than wool, corduroy or leather – so are more likely to fit with your outfits.

Lighter colours

Summer is the time to hang up your darker wardrobe pieces and embrace pastels, neons and brights in your dressing. We’re sure you already know this but lighter colours also reflect the heat from the sun better leaving you that little bit cooler throughout the day. 

Less heavy silhouettes 

Try your hand at a new silhouette like cutouts or cropped jackets that will allow breezes and of course, less fabric to weigh you down. You could even try vest styles to offer some coverage to your torso while keeping your arms free. 

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