Summer lovin’ had me a blast; summer lovin’ I feel a cool draft… and need a lightweight jacket! While most of us think of warm temperatures and non-stop sunshine when we think of summer, unfortunately, the weather can still be unpredictable. Cooler temperatures and rainy days do inevitably occur during the summer months, meaning you can’t just have tees and shorts in your summer wardrobe.
However, a summer jacket is not just a jacket. It’s got to be lighter than a winter jacket, otherwise, you risk overheating yourself, and it has to be versatile enough to be easily thrown over your summer uniform of t-shirts, short sleeve shirts, shorts, jeans, and chinos.
Summer Jacket FAQs
Which jacket is best for summer?
Denim, bomber, and utility jackets made out of lightweight cottons and linens are best for summer, especially if you just need something versatile that'll work for multiple dress codes; e.g. casual, smart casual, business casual, etc.
However, a lightweight anorak or raincoat is also an essential summer jacket, for those rainy days when the temperature is still quite warm.
Finally, if you need a dressier jacket for work, weddings, races, etc. a linen blazer is a must-have summer jacket.
How many 'summer' jackets should I own?
We recommend having one summer jacket for every dress code. A denim jacket for casual everyday wear, a utility or bomber jacket for smart-casual affairs, a lightweight rain jacket for wet summer days, and a linen blazer for more formal dress codes.
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So, if you need a summer jacket (which you definitely do, because your winter coat will absolutely give you heat exhaustion in the warmer months) take a look at the awesome brands featured below, who all have fantastic ranges of jackets perfect for summer.
Hugo Boss believes that when it comes to summer jackets, you can't go wrong with an authentic denim jacket. A jean jacket can pull together a laid-back summer look in an instant, and Hugo Boss' denim jackets feature playful lining, sharp point collars, and patched pockets which add 'fresh character' to the timeless style. They also have aviator jackets, a versatile urban option for summer, that will easily transition from day to evening on crisper summer days.
Everlane has a great range of jackets that are perfect for summer. They have the classic denim jacket, a casual shirt-jacket that is both water-resistant and breathable, and an awesome lightweight bomber jacket that'll elevate your summer threads. Whether you're after a super casual summer jacket, or something a bit more stylish, Everlane will have it.
Eton has a number of shirt-jackets; lightweight jackets that look more like a shirt than a jacket. They layer beautifully, making them perfect for summer, and are very breathable meaning they won't overheat you. Available in many neutral colours, Eton shirt-jackets will be one of your summer wardrobe staples.
Frank and Oak
Frank and Oak have several summer jackets that just ooze effortless street style. With overshirts, denim jackets, and puffer jackets all made with extremely lightweight and breathable materials, not only will you look good in any Frank and Oak jacket, your conscious will feel good, as Frank and Oak jackets are produced with low-impact processes and materials.
While Cole Haan have a relatively small range of summer jackets, but the old adage 'quality not quantity' rings true. Cole Haan's jackets are everyday classics; they can be easily thrown over any outfit, but have been updated with the latest innovations to maximise comfort and mobility. Wearing a Cole Haan jacket will allow you to be ready for whatever a summer day may throw at you, in style.
If you haven't already gathered, Rains range of men's jackets are completely waterproof, so would be best reserved for those inevitable rainy summer days. Rains' jackets are extremely durable but lightweight and breathable, meaning it won't feel too heavy and you won't overheat. Both short and long styles of jackets are available, but all are made with a clean-cut minimalistic design, characterised by clean lines and calm colours. Plus, Rains' jackets are so versatile that they'll not only be perfect for summer, but will carry you through spring and early autumn as well.
It's no surprise that with a surfer at the helm, Outerknown's range of summer jackets have a very beachy aesthetic; which is ideal for summer. They have a classic denim jacket as well as lightweight puffer jackets and shirt-jackets, all of which would add an awesome coastal vibe to your look on those cooler summer days and nights.
Reiss describes their range of men's jackets as "grown up and instantly elegant" and that's a very accurate assessment. They have a denim jacket in classic blue but if you're wanting to experiment a little, the denim jacket also comes in a modern sage green colour which is so fresh and perfect for summer! Plus, the sage green is made from a cotton linen blend for ultimate breathability during warmer weather. They also have a number of bomber jackets and shirt-jackets that are ideal for if you're after a dressier summer jacket.
Frescobol Carioca's range of men's jackets feature nonchalant tailoring in timeless silhouettes and the finest fabrics, in staple shades meaning any Frescobol Carioca jacket will work for any occasion. They mainly have shirt-jackets and lightweight linen blazers, meaning you won't get too hot, and will make you look effortlessly put together on cooler summer days.
Ministry of Supply
Layering is the word that comes to mind when looking at Ministry of Supply's range of jackets, as they'll all layer beautifully over your summer outfits. They have a few jackets on offer; shirt-jackets, structured jackets, hoodies, etc. but all will keep you comfortable and will even give you an understated elegance.
O.N.S have a wide range of jackets including parkas, bomber, blazers, trench, trucker, and denim jackets, all of which will act as the perfect finishing touch to your summer outfit, when it's a touch too cool for just a t-shirt.
While Todd Snyder has the classics covered; black, navy, beige, and white jackets, they also have quite a few bolder choices for a summer jacket. Think a candy red denim jacket, a blue plaid bomber jacket; the kind of jackets that'll most definitely make you stand out in a crowd. If you're after a summer jacket that'll give you some serious street style credit, Todd Snyder's the brand for you.
Denim and utility jackets dominate Buck Mason's range, but they also have a bomber jacket for those wanting a more modern look, as the denim and utility jackets do really exude a traditional (albeit, still cool) American style. All of Buck Mason's jackets will easily layer over any outfit, and are light enough for summer temperatures.
The range of jackets on offer are obviously inspired by New York City, both in style and in the fact that Saturdays NYC jackets will be able to handle anything, even New York's unpredictable weather. Denim jackets, bomber jackets, windbreakers, and even varsity jackets feature heavily in Saturdays NYC jacket collection, and any of them will add a sleek New York vibe to your summer outfits.
Club Monaco pretty much have every style of jacket you could ever want or need in a linen or cotton fabric variety. They've got blazers, shirt-jackets, coats, utility jackets, and bomber jackets available in breathable, lightweight fabrics that'll provide you with optimal comfort during those summer days that are warm, but not hot enough to go without a jacket.
All of Taylor Stitch's jackets are extremely masculine and rugged in style. There are versatile denim and utility jackets galore, available in neutral colours that will look good in both rural and urban settings. The jacket weights are on the lighter side meaning they're perfect for summer. If you're after a summer jacket that'll effortlessly elevate your look, you need to check out Taylor Stitch.
Boohoo Man's range of lightweight jackets include colourful cagoules, festival-friendly macs, and military field coats, all of which when paired with a tee and jeans will give you an ultra-modern and fashionable summer look.
If you've ever been to the Mediterranean, you'll know just how warm it can get, so with Mango's range of stylish jackets you can rest easy knowing that you won't overheat wearing one. Linen and cotton are mostly used for Mango's denim, bomber, utility, and shirt-jackets, ensuring that they are lightweight and breathable.
They have a HUGE range of men's jackets, so if you're after something very specific, J. Crew will most likely have it. They have lightweight anoraks for those unavoidable rainy summer days, denim jackets, utility jackets, and bomber jackets for when you want cool street style, and linen-blend blazers for work or more formal summer occasions.
All of Orlebar Brown's jackets have their distinct 'sophisticated fun' style, but are also functional. Blending classic silhouettes with contemporary details, Orlebar Brown mostly have tailored utility jackets and blazers, all in lightweight fabrics like linen and cotton, for ultimate style and comfort, no matter where you go this summer.