What Summer Jacket Do You Really Need? Picking the Perfect Women’s Lightweight Jacket

Spring is here, which means you’ve stored away the parka and are now reaching for a lightweight women’s jacket to lead you through summer. Choosing the right outerwear for spring and summer means finding the best lightweight jacket for your body and lifestyle, and London Fog has you covered with our easy, breezy guide to spring and summer outerwear.

From Work to Play: Opt for Neutrals for a Double Duty Look

The right lightweight jacket is a practical and necessary addition to your summer wardrobe. A jacket can help you to create a more put together look with very little effort—just throw your jacket over an outfit and you’re ready to go. It keeps you warm if your office gets a little overzealous with the AC, and it presents a polished style that transitions from a day at the office to an evening with friends. (Who has time to run home for a wardrobe change?)

When selecting a jacket, look for something that features clean lines and a flattering silhouette in a neutral color palette. Choose a jacket in a cool beige, sharp black, or classic navy and pair it with anything from a sleek sundress to tailored capris. If you live in a place that rains all year long, look for waterproof or water-resistant materials. The perfect lightweight jacket should look at home in any of your favorite warm weather settings. From a baseball game to a rooftop patio for cocktail hour, your jacket should go where you go, and never communicate the stuffiness of office life on the weekends.

Caroline Snap Front Belted Raincoat with Detachable Hood,
Available in Navy, Black, Red, $99.99
 Sloane Heritage Trench Coat, 
Available in Khaki and Navy, $119.99


Know Your Shape

You already know how to dress for your body shape when selecting wardrobe staples, so don't leave that knowledge aside when choosing a jacket. A flattering jacket will lend style and confidence to your spring look, even when wind and rain leave you feeling a little frazzled. Read on for tips about what will look best on your individual body type. Then, browse our selection of versatile spring and summer jackets to find your perfect style match.

  • Pear Shape. If you're smaller on top and wider hipped, choose fitted jackets that are either waist-length or a longer jacket that goes past the hips. Look for accents near your face, like a sharp collar or shoulder pads, to draw the eye up and balance out your silhouette. 
  • Apple Shape. A larger bust and less defined waist means you'll want to select a jacket that falls below the waist and flare out a little to balance out the top portion of your body. You also want accents that will add to your shoulders or waist. Avoid shoulder pads and excess fabric around the stomach and hips.
  • Hourglass. Those with an hourglass figure will want a jacket that emphasizes the waist without added bulk. Look for single-breasted and belted jackets in a drapey fabric. The timeless, belted, trench-style coat looks great on you.
  • Boyish. If you have a slim figure without a lot of natural curve, a belted waist or cropped jacket that hits right at the natural waist will create some shape and avoid drowning you in slouchy material. 

Color That Speaks

Most people like to communicate with words. Some, however, prefer to communicate in color. If you’re the type of person who can’t bear to live in a world of black, white, or brown, go ahead and choose a jacket in a bold statement color, whether it is dazzlingly pink, electric blue, bright peach, or tomato red. If you have a favorite color that speaks to you and makes you happy, don’t be afraid to wear it.

Iris Trench Coat with Double Lapel and Detachable Hood,
Available in Azalea Pink, BlueBell, Driftwood Khaki, Black, from $79.99
Bianca Quilted Jacket,
Available in Coral, Opal Grey, Black, $79.99

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