Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Lindsey Lanquist
Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have
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Look, I know summer isn’t exactly jacket season, but anyone who’s spent more than a moment indoors this season understands how vital summer jackets actually are. Because while it’s decidedly hot as balls outside, it’s absolutely frigid indoors. Air conditioning is a beautiful thing—unless you inhabit a space where someone routinely abuses it. (I’m looking at you, dad.)

Right now, I work from home, and I spend most of my days in a sweatshirt. (Because, like I said, my dad has decided that creating an indoor Ice Age is the move this summer.) But as someone who’s only recently begun the work-from-home thing and who’s spent the last several years working in too-cold offices, I know how it is. You show up to the office in a dress code-appropriate and weather-appropriate ensemble and have goosebumps by noon. You curse yourself for working in an industry where you spend all day indoors—and where the most strenuous activity you engage in is typing (which, try as you may, will never really get you to work up a sweat). My handy-dandy sweatshirt isn’t really an option for you, as it’s almost definitely too sloppy for the office. And even if your dress code is lax, a pullover will undoubtedly ruin your outfit. What, oh what, is a (freezing cold!!) gal to do?

The answer, my friend, lies in summer jackets. Jackets offer all the heat you need indoors without overwhelming you outdoors. Unlike cardigans, they won’t merge with your sweat and stick to your skin. And unlike sweatshirts, they have enough structural integrity to seem office-appropriate—not to mention, they’re much more likely to enhance your outfit than to ruin it.

Summer jackets may seem oxymoronic, but if anything, they’re vital to getting through the summer without shivering every other minute of the day. And they’re so abundantly on offer, you won’t have any trouble shopping them at all. So go forth and put an end to AC-induced misery. You might never get control of the thermostat, but you can adapt to your uncertain situation with ease.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

The floral keeps this tangerine jacket feeling entirely seasonally appropriate.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

A leather jacket, undoubtedly crafted with summer in mind.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

This jacket fully understands that two shades of pink are better than one.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Perfect for situations that are so chilly another layer would be nice, but so warm long sleeves would definitely be overkill.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

I’ve been obsessed with this vintage-inspired work jacket since I first laid eyes on it, and I’m honestly shocked I haven’t bought it yet.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Because 2019’s snake print trend is far from over.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

More colorful leather jackets, please.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Windbreakers are the ultimate weather-appropriate outfit-enhancer—though they might not always meet your office’s dress code.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

A classic worth adding to your wardrobe, no matter the season.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Veritably lightweight enough to wear on summer’s most humid days.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Because a cropped jacket feels even more seasonally appropriate than a full-length one.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

OK, so you might sweat in this one. But it’s so badass you probably won’t care.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Pastel polka dots? Yes, please.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

When in doubt, throw on a summery blazer, and call it a day.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Consider this your excuse to wear a straight-up robe everywhere you go this summer.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Corduroy seems like a strictly fall/winter fabric, but this turquoise jacket proves it’s anything but.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

More snake print—because get it while it’s hot, y’all.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Just enough structure to feel office-appropriate—but lightweight enough to sport all summer long.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

I tend to be acid-wash averse, but rendered in millennial pink, the technique looks damn good.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Leopard print is always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

A zip-up jacket that looks straight out of the 1990s (and obviously, I mean that as a compliment).

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Another robe to add to your repertoire.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Not your average leather jacket.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Because the utility clothing movement isn’t exclusively reserved for jumpsuits.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Leave it to Ulla Johnson to craft the most elegant summer jacket known to man.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Sport it as a full-on power suit, or throw the blazer on when you’re feeling a little goosebump-y.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

For 100 degree days that are just a bit too breezy.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Proof that anything can feel edgy if you throw a little embellishment on it.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

A blazer fit for the lowest-key among us.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Because in 2019, the more utility clothing, the merrier.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

A jacket that takes full advantage of 2019’s fringe obsession.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

All-neon-everything is summer’s favorite palette, after all.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Tie-dye, done the coolest way possible.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

The perfect thing to toss over your go-to tee-and-jeans combo.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

When your studs are star-shaped, you know you’re doing something right.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Quite possibly the most summery blazer I’ve laid eyes on in a while.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

A jacket worth throwing on during any season.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

A white denim jacket that feels decidedly edgy.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

I mean, it’s fuzzy and it’s hot pink—what more do you need to know?

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Check wouldn’t normally be my move, but this one looks like it’d play well with all my summer faves.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Because you deserve a leather jacket for every season.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

A denim jacket that nods to summer’s tie-dye trend without going all-out.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

I mean, a no-fail addition to any wardrobe, really.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

A jacket you could sport all summer long—and wear well into autumn, too.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Zebra is an unendingly underrated animal print, and this blazer fully understands that.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

Another retro windbreaker, because what can I say? I love an ’80s/’90s trend.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Jackets Are an Underrated Seasonal Must-Have

For offices that are truly, truly frigid.

 

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