Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Lindsey Lanquist
Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them
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Few phrases in the English language are as inherently strange as “jumbo shrimp.” (Really, any oxymoron. But jumbo shrimp is a particularly fun one.) It is at once eerily beautiful and unendingly amusing that we could pair two contradictory words and end up with a phrase that acknowledges reality more elegantly than a longer sentence ever could. There are really large versions of typically tiny things. (Jumbo shrimp.) Sometimes two people can feel incredibly lonely, even when they’re technically with someone else. (Alone together.) Sometimes the absence of words can feel louder than the presence of them. (Deafening silence.) And sometimes you need warm outerwear during the calendar’s hottest season. (Summer coats.)

The latter, of course, seems trivial compared to some of the phrases I’ve lumped it with. Summer coats aren’t nearly as haunting as the image of a couple embroiled in emotional isolation—or a silence so quiet it almost hurts. But in many ways, the phrase serves the same purpose: It acknowledges a truth so counterintuitive it can only be expressed by pairing two opposing terms.

As anyone reading this article likely knows well, summer isn’t coat shopping season. Far from it. During fall and winter, coats abound. And even during the spring, one might score a trench or puffer at a discount. But during the summer, we’re neither in the on-season nor the off-season. Coats are, quite simply, not on the mind. Except that they’re absolutely around. Summer coats are on offer in many go-to retailers, and they crop up in “it” girl Instagrams here and there. Because while summer is supposed to be all heat and humidity, sometimes it’s not. Evenings can get pretty breezy—days at the beach can, too. (Not to mention, office air conditioning can prove even more frigid than a snowy winter day.) In times like these—when even a knit cardigan seems too hot—nothing fits the bill like a lightweight trench, easily tossed over your favorite tee and jeans (or even more realistically, your favorite tee and shorts) combo.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

A classic trench, rendered in an oh-so summery palette.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

All the form of your favorite trench coat, none of the strict structure.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Because summer animal prints are absolutely a thing.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Proof raincoats don’t have to ruin your outfit.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Lightweight in textile, palette and form.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Drapey coats are sure to catch the breeze every time it comes your way.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Stealing this outfit in its entirety.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

A check trench, crafted with summer in mind.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

A summery take on leather? Yes, please.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

All kinds of delightful.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

A classic spring/summer must-have.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

A trench that acts like a cardigan? We’ll take 11.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

More summer animal prints, please.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

So vibrant it drips with summery appeal.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Even quilted summery options are on offer.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Another lightweight, breezy trench—because you deserve options.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Basically a robe that’s socially acceptable to wear outdoors.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

A summer coat worth wearing well into fall.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Because when summer metallics are on offer, you can’t not shop them, right?

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Simultaneously vibrant and neutral. (What is this sartorial sorcery?!)

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

The snake print trend is still going strong.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Part coat, part jacket, part blazer—all cute.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

The oversized-blazer-as-coat trend is too low-key chic to pass up.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Silky coats are the perfect answer to sunny, breezy days.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Another option to consider adding to your repertoire.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Delightfully retro.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

A surprising silhouette, rendered in a classic palette.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Sure to play well with everything you own.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

The pops of vibrant plaid are too cute to pass up.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

A fuzzy coat, done the summer way.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Flowy, lightweight and sure to complement anything you pair it with.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

A khaki option, fit for the camel-averse.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

For the fan of all-black-everything who wants something that feels a little summery.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

A no-fail silhouette during any season.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

A windbreaker that acts like a trench coat? We can hardly resist.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

It’s hot pink. And sleek. And fit for the season. What more do you need to know?

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Edgy enough to make a statement every time you slip it on.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Yet another silky robe to add to your collection.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Statement-making in every way imaginable.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Perfect for the office.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Chrissy Teigen-approved.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

A not-so-basic trench coat coat fit for summer wear.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Coats Exist—and Yes, You Might Actually Want to Shop Them

Because plaid isn’t an autumn exclusive.

 

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