Summer jackets for women | 40+style

Even in the summertime, you’re likely to need a jacket or warmer layer, at least for part of the day. Let’s discover the best summer jackets for women.

Summer jackets serve a variety of purposes. They keep you warm, enhance your look or provide an extra layer that can enhance your body shape. No matter what your purpose is, it’s vital to choose the right summer jacket to make sure you stay chic and stylish without overheating.

What type of jacket is best for summer?

Shorter jackets usually work best. But long, thin coats can work too, like duster coats. You’ll also need to think about whether you just want a light layer or whether it needs to be rain-resistant.

Kimba in a pink jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Kimba @kimbalikes above opts for a pink jacket and on-trend cargo pants.

Get her look with this similar tee, jacket (another option here), pants, sneakers and sunglasses.

what purpose does it serve?

Just think about what you want from your jacket. Will it need to be lightweight and not too warm? Does it need to be waterproof? Or does the jacket mainly serve a fashionable or layering purpose? Take a look below at some of the best summer jackets to choose from.

What jacket can I wear with a dress?

Alison wears a denim jacket with a summer dress | 40plusstyle.comAlison wears a denim jacket with a summer dress | 40plusstyle.com

Alison @wardrobe_oxygen above shows off a great choice with a dress – a denim jacket. If you want your legs to look longer, then opt for a denim jacket that ends at your waist.

Steal her look with this similar dress, jacket, sandals, earrings and fedora.

How do you style a summer jacket?

There are so many ways as you will see below. You can wear your jacket over your favorite summer dress, with a denim skirt, or with shorts or cropped pants. For more creative ideas also check our article on denim outfits.

Best summer jackets for women

First, let’s look at some of the best summer jackets for women available in stores now. Then, we’ll move on to what to wear them with.

denim jacket

A denim jacket is an absolute classic so you can be sure that you can wear yours for years to come. Perfect to wear over your summer dresses.

Summer jackets for women - J.Crew New Classic Denim Jacket | 40plusstyle.comSummer jackets for women - J.Crew New Classic Denim Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew New Classic Denim Jacket

Summer jackets for women - Boden Belted Denim Jacket | 40plusstyle.comSummer jackets for women - Boden Belted Denim Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Belted Denim Jacket

Also take a look at how to wear a denim jacket.

Denim jacket, midi dress and slide sandals | 40plusstyle.comDenim jacket, midi dress and slide sandals | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew New Classic Denim Jacket J.Crew Seamed Tie-waist DressJ.Crew Metallic Leather Toe-ring Slide SandalsJ.Crew Berkeley Bucket BagJ.Crew Door Knocker Drop Earrings

blazers

A lightweight blazer can add a little warmth as well as elevating any of your summer outfits to give your casual looks a more formal vibe.

Summer jackets for women - Elie Tahari Helena Striped Linen-Blend Blazer | 40plusstyle.comSummer jackets for women - Elie Tahari Helena Striped Linen-Blend Blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Elie Tahari Helena Striped Linen-Blend Blazer

Summer jackets for women - Cinq à Sept Kylie Linen-Cotton Blazer | 40plusstyle.comSummer jackets for women - Cinq à Sept Kylie Linen-Cotton Blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Cinq à Sept Kylie Linen-Cotton Blazer

Summer jackets for women - Misook Modern Lace-Up Jacket | 40plusstyle.comSummer jackets for women - Misook Modern Lace-Up Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Misook Modern Lace-Up Jacket

Sandra wears a blazer with her shorts | 40plusstyle.comSandra wears a blazer with her shorts | 40plusstyle.com

Sandra @lapecosapreciosa above shows how you can wear your blazers with your shorts. Perfect if you want to take your daytime look to evening, or you are heading from sightseeing to lunch.

Check out this similar top, blazer, shorts, mules, earrings and sunglasses.

moto jackets

A moto jacket is another classic. We love wearing moto jackets over our summer dresses. Perfect for transitional weather.

BLANKNYC Suede Leather Moto Jacket | 40plusstyle.comBLANKNYC Suede Leather Moto Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

BLANKNYC Suede Leather Moto Jacket

Summer jackets for women: NIC+ZOE Rumba Linen Moto Jacket | 40plusstyle.comSummer jackets for women: NIC+ZOE Rumba Linen Moto Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

NIC+ZOE Rumba Linen Moto Jacket

Moto jacket and denim skirt outfit | 40plusstyle.comMoto jacket and denim skirt outfit | 40plusstyle.com

NIC+ZOE Rumba Linen Moto JacketJ.Crew Vintage Rib Tank Top& Other Stories Denim Midi SkirtFly London Gogo Platform Wedge SandalsJ.Crew Cadiz Hand-knotted Rope ToteJ.Crew Metallic Chainlink Necklace

utility jacket

Cargo and utility styles are particularly on trend right now, so a cargo jacket is a great way to add some cargo pockets to your existing outfits.

J.Crew Funnel Neck Field Jacket | 40plusstyle.comJ.Crew Funnel Neck Field Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew Funnel Neck Field Jacket

Cinq à Sept Genevive Utility Jacket | 40plusstyle.comCinq à Sept Genevive Utility Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Cinq à Sept Genevive Utility Jacket

cardigan style

If you love a preppy or a classic style then a cardigan jacket is ideal to add warmth to your outfits. We love wearing it with our white jeans or cropped pants.

J.Crew Emilie Sweater Lady Jacket | 40plusstyle.comJ.Crew Emilie Sweater Lady Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew Emilie Sweater Lady Jacket

Boden Holly Knitted Jacket | 40plusstyle.comBoden Holly Knitted Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Holly Knitted Jacket

Summer jackets for women: Abi wears a cardigan style jacket | 40plusstyle.comSummer jackets for women: Abi wears a cardigan style jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Abi @stealmystyle40 above shows off a beautiful, classic outfit using only black and white.

Recreate her outfit with this similar jacket, pants and pumps.

bomber jacket

If you love a street or urban style then a bomber jacket is ideal for your look. Bomber jackets look great with denim skirts and cargo pants.

J.Crew Collection Lightweight Bomber Jacket | 40plusstyle.comJ.Crew Collection Lightweight Bomber Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew Collection Lightweight Bomber Jacket

MANGO Denim Bomber Jacket | 40plusstyle.comMANGO Denim Bomber Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

MANGO Denim Bomber Jacket

cropped styles

Cropped styles are perfect to add some warmth without being too hot during the summer months. Plus, the great thing about wearing cropped styles is they can make your torso look shorter and legs look longer, so they can be a good tool to balance your silhouette if you want to look taller and slimmer.

Splendid Breck Cropped Chambray Jacket | 40plusstyle.comSplendid Breck Cropped Chambray Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Splendid Breck Cropped Chambray Jacket

Theory Cotton-Blend Short-Sleeve Crop Jacket | 40plusstyle.comTheory Cotton-Blend Short-Sleeve Crop Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Theory Cotton-Blend Short-Sleeve Crop Jacket

Cropped jacket, shorts and sandals | 40plusstyle.comCropped jacket, shorts and sandals | 40plusstyle.com

Theory Cotton-Blend Short-Sleeve Crop JacketJ.Crew Vintage Rib Tank TopWeekend Max Mara Elica Linen-Blend Denim ShortsJ.Crew New Capri Mother-of-pearl Paillettes Slide SandalsJ.Crew Cadiz Hand-knotted Rope ToteJ.Crew Berkeley Bucket Bag& Other Stories Gemstone Drop Earrings

trench coat

A trench coat is perfect for transitional weather, so longer styles are ideal for moving into spring or fall. Choose a shorter trench coat for summer.

Favorite Daughter The Cropped Charles Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.comFavorite Daughter The Cropped Charles Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

Favorite Daughter The Cropped Charles Trench Coat

Nordstrom Crop Stretch Cotton Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.comNordstrom Crop Stretch Cotton Trench Coat | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom Crop Stretch Cotton Trench Coat

Boden Cropped Trench Jacket | 40plusstyle.comBoden Cropped Trench Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Cropped Trench Jacket

Kylie wears a summer jacket and denim skirt | 40plusstyle.comKylie wears a summer jacket and denim skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Kylie @kylish_aus above wears her crop trench coat with a maxi denim skirt.

Get her look with this similar cropped trench coat, skirt, sneakers, bag, sunglasses and cap.

print jacket

Summer is a good time to have some fun with the prints you wear. While you may usually wear a pair of print pants for summer, a print jacket can also be very chic. Wear with a block color dress or with your cropped jeans.

Boden Occasion Jacket | 40plusstyle.comBoden Occasion Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Occasion Jacket

MOTHER The Out Of Pocket Trucker Jacket | 40plusstyle.comMOTHER The Out Of Pocket Trucker Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

MOTHER The Out Of Pocket Trucker Jacket

Print jacket and wide jeans outfit | 40plusstyle.comPrint jacket and wide jeans outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Occasion JacketJ.Crew Vintage Rib Tank TopCinq à Sept Benji Twill Crop Cargo PantsCole Haan Josie Block Heel SandalsJ.Crew Berkeley Bucket BagJ.Crew Door Knocker Drop Earrings

packable

If you’re more worried about the occasional shower rather than layering, then you can opt for a jacket that packs up small and you can simply take it out of your handbag when you need to.

UNIQLO Pocketable UV Protection Parka | 40plusstyle.comUNIQLO Pocketable UV Protection Parka | 40plusstyle.com

UNIQLO Pocketable UV Protection Parka

Summer jackets for women: Avoogue Lightweight Windbreaker Jacket | 40plusstyle.comSummer jackets for women: Avoogue Lightweight Windbreaker Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Avoogue Lightweight Windbreaker Jacket

duster jackets

While we’ve been concentrating on shorter jackets so far, longer, lightweight dusters can also look good for summer. Wear with a vest top and shorts, or you can wear as a swimsuit cover-up.

Treasure & Bond Border Print Duster | 40plusstyle.comTreasure & Bond Border Print Duster | 40plusstyle.com

Treasure & Bond Border Print Duster

Misook Long Colorblocked Cardigan | 40plusstyle.comMisook Long Colorblocked Cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Misook Long Colorblocked Cardigan

Fonda wears a duster jacket | 40plusstyle.comFonda wears a duster jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Fonda @savvysouthernchic above wears her tank top with shorts.

Check out this similar top, kimono, shorts, sandals, handbag, necklace and earrings.

What to wear with your summer jacket – failsafe combinations

Have you chosen your favorite summer jacket? What should you wear with it? Below are some of the clothes, shoes and accessories you could style with your summer jacket.

Clothes

Clothes to wear with your summer jackets | 40plusstyle.comClothes to wear with your summer jackets | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew Vintage Jersey T-shirtJ.Crew Vintage Rib Tank Top J.Crew Seamed Tie-waist DressCinq à Sept Benji Twill Crop Cargo PantsWeekend Max Mara Elica Linen-Blend Denim Shorts& Other Stories Denim Midi Skirt

shoes

Shoes to wear with your summer jackets | 40plusstyle.comShoes to wear with your summer jackets | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew New Capri Mother-of-pearl Paillettes Slide SandalsJ.Crew Metallic Leather Toe-ring Slide SandalsFly London Gogo Platform Wedge SandalsCole Haan Josie Block Heel Sandals

Lightweight summer jackets for women that are perfect for summer layering | 40plusstyle.comLightweight summer jackets for women that are perfect for summer layering | 40plusstyle.com

Shirt from H&M (similar options here and here), jacket from H&M (another option here)cargo pants from H&M (another option here), similar sneakerssunglasses and hat

accessories

Accessories to go with your summer jackets | 40plusstyle.comAccessories to go with your summer jackets | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew Cadiz Hand-knotted Rope ToteJ.Crew Berkeley Bucket BagJ.Crew Metallic Chainlink Necklace& Other Stories Gemstone Drop EarringsJ.Crew Door Knocker Drop EarringsJ.Crew Wide-brim Packable Straw Hat

How do you like to wear your summer jackets for women? Let us know in the comments below

Your summer jackets outfits together in one capsule

Below, you can see the jackets, clothes, shoes and accessories from above together in one capsule. You can see that you could easily wear any of the jackets with any of the outfits.

Summer jackets capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.comSummer jackets capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

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Continue reading:

  1. Summer Suiting: Taking Your Summer Suits For Women Beyond Workwear
  2. Not Just For Jeans! All The Denim Outfits And Trends You Need To Know This Year
  3. How To Fit A Blazer – A Comprehensive Guide On How To Select The Right Blazer

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