How To Layer During Summer: 10 Chic Outfit Ideas

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There are only so many times you can wear breezy and flowy summer dresses before it starts to get monotonous. But we expect punishing heat this summer, and that usually comes with depleted fashion creativity.

To help you ladies out, we came up with 10 outfits featuring some of this season’s finest jackets. We offer you suggestions on how you can turn them into unforgettable summer outfits.

1. Chalk Polo Lace Jacket, $352

Chalk Polo Lace Jacket

Whoever said you can’t layer when the sun is out clearly hasn’t seen this jacket yet. It is unique, gives you the coverage you might need (if you aren’t that comfortable with a slinky tank top), and is light enough for warm days.

Wear it with:

Chalk Polo Lace Jacket coordinatesLevi’s Vintage Clothing 1967 Customized 505 Jeans, $240
Sincerely Jules City Stacked Tank, $29
Rag & Bone “Trafford” Heel Sandals, $525
Rebecca Minkoff “Harley” Bucket Bag, $276

To balance out the feminine flair of the lace jacket, try wearing it with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and a printed tank top. Choose a pair of heeled slingbacks for your footwear, and then cap off your look with a bucket bag.

2. Current/Elliott The Military Jacket, $358

Current Elliott The Military Jacket

Denim jackets are a summer favorite for sure. But rather than the big and thick denim outerwear that everyone else will probably wear, try this loose one that has a flared shape. It’s flattering and makes for a unique denim jacket.

Wear it with:

Current Elliott The Military Jacket coordinates3.1 Phillip Lim Jersey Dress, $550
Dolce Vita “Damalis” Ankle-Wrap Sandals, $119
Elizabeth and James “Cynnie” Mini Bucket Bag, $445
Eugenia Kim “Natalia” Headband, $110

Dresses and denim jackets make a perfect combination during summer. Accessorize with a pair of ankle-tie flats and a colorful bag. Also, try looking for a denim or chambray headband to add a retro touch to your ensemble.

3. SMYTHE Spring Crossover Blazer, $595

SMYTHE Spring Crossover Blazer

Isn’t this striped blazer refreshing? The pastel blue stripes would spice up your outfit in a jiffy.

Wear it with:

SMYTHE Spring Crossover Blazer coordinatesRebecca Minkoff “Liv” Pleated Skirt, $228
Loeffler Randall “Fay” Cutout Oxfords, $350
Frye “Cameron” Small Satchel, $436

What better way to showcase this blazer than to style it the school girl way? Wear it with a pleated skirt. For some shock factor, a pair of metallic oxford shoes should work nicely. To finish off the school girl look, wear your favorite satchel bag.

4. endless rose Pop Moto Jacket, $98

endless rose Pop Moto Jacket

Just when we thought there’s no room for a moto jacket in our summer wardrobes, we saw this. It’s just the perfect quirky and edgy jacket to keep this season interesting!

Wear it with:

endless rose Pop Moto Jacket coordinatesMilly Pocket Midi Full Skirt, $495
Christopher Kane Graphic T-Shirt, $258.14
Acne Studios “Meg” Laceless Oxfords, $580
Tory Burch “Robinson” Mini Bag, $295

Sweeten the moto jacket a little bit by wearing it with a statement shirt and a full midi skirt. Pair the outfit with heeled oxfords, and go for a floral-printed handbag.

5. By Malene Birger “Barbarah” Moto Jacket, $595

By Malene Birger Barbarah Moto Jacket

Here’s another moto jacket you can keep. This one should be a perennial favorite.

Wear it with:

By Malene Birger Barbarah Moto Jacket coordinatesMichael Kors Floral-Print Shorts, $651.22
Jil Sander Navy Wide-Sleeve Shirt, $311.56
Rebecca Minkoff “Julian” Backpack, $295
Rachel Zoe Fawn Two-Band Flat Sandals, $255
Sara Designs Leather & Chain Wrap Watch, $198

This moto jacket seems to be more on the heavy side, so make sure you lighten up your attire by wearing it with a pair of printed shorts. Choose a brightly colored button-down shirt for your top, and then dress your feet in Birkenstocks or Birkenstocks-like sandals for an effortlessly current look.

6. Rebecca Taylor “Enchanted Gardens” Jacket, $450

Rebecca Taylor Enchanted Gardens Jacket

What better time to wear a festive floral jacket than in the spring and summer? Go ahead, and rub your penchant for florals in with this cute find.

Wear it with:

Rebecca Taylor Enchanted Gardens Jacket coordinatesFausto Puglisi Sleeveless A-Line Dress, $1,752.40
Marais USA Ankle-Strap Sandals, $258
Rebecca Minkoff MAB Mini Tote, $195
Jules Smith Double-Bar Necklace, $65

Create a girly visual by wearing this floral jacket with a fit-and-flare dress, a pair of strappy sandals, a shoulder bag, and simple jewelry.

7. VEDA Atomic Leather Jacket, $878

VEDA Atomic Leather Jacket

Wearing leather jackets in summer might seem unthinkable, but on those forgiving days, go for an unexpected look. Try this cropped leather jacket that has a gorgeous brown color and a collarless detail.

Wear it with:

VEDA Atomic Leather Jacket coordinatesDSQUARED2 Utility Pencil Skirt, $570.50
ElevenParis “Kate Moss” Tee, $49
Vic Italy Open-Toe Booties, $370
Sophie Hulme Mini Tote Bag, $780

Lend more sophistication to the jacket by wearing it with a pencil skirt. But make sure that it’s not too austere, so a statement t-shirt should do the trick.

8. BCBGMAXAZRIA “Lyra” Jacket, $348


How lovely is this boxy jacket? The powder blue color will definitely make you want to wear this on a sunny day. It also has an interesting asymmetrical front and back structure. And because it is a boxy jacket, it is airier.

Wear it with:

BCBGMAXAZRIA Lyra Jacket coordinatesJil Sander Flared Floral-Print Skirt, $856.65
ONE by Viva Aviva “Magnolia” Crop Top, $125
Dolce Vita “Kelly” Sandals, $149

Try wearing it with all-white pieces for a clean and refreshing panache.

9. TEXTILE Elizabeth and James “Kelsey” Jacket, $295

TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Kelsey Jacket

We were smitten by the shape of this light twill jacket. It looks like the perfect piece to balance out a colorful summer outfit.

Wear it with:

TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Kelsey Jacket coordinatesVanessa Bruno “Antalya” Top, $550
DSQUARED2 Fringed Shorts, $1,560.58
Saint Laurent Skate Slip-On Shoes, $414.07
Marc by Marc Jacobs Half Pipe Duffel Bag, $398
Linda Farrow Luxe Snakeskin Arm Sunglasses, $600

Try wearing it with a pair of unusual shorts and a sleeveless button-down top. And because the jacket looks low-key, keep up with that theme by using slip-on shoes.

10. Club Monaco “Conner” Jacket, $249

Club Monaco Conner Jacket

This cropped jacket definitely fits right in the vibe of this season.

Wear it with:

Club Monaco Conner Jacket coordinatesDSQUARED2 “Pat” Skinny Jeans, $690
Kenzo Fish-Print Sleeveless Top, $389.88
Lady Slingback Pumps, $495
A.L.C. “Hutton” Shoulder Bag, $645
Linea Pelle “Hayden” Chevron Stud Belt, $132

You’d want to wear it with a pair of skinny jeans with rolled-up hems for a trendy look. If you want to make it more interesting, a top with a unique print will help. Go for classic accessories, such as slingback pumps and a shoulder bag.

We hope we made layering easier for you this season. Which of these outfits would you care to try?

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