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Best Summer Outerwear For San Diego

summer jacket
NIC + ZOE $188 $131.60

My clients are constantly asking for more light weight summer outerwear options because of San Diego’s tendency for warm days and cold nights. Plus, indoors is ferociously over air conditioned. So, you may leave the house comfortable sans outerwear, but then you enter a building or the sun falls and you are left to shiver. The solution is a jacket or sweater that will keep you warm against the drop in temperature, but be light enough to carry around or stuff into your purse when you are warm. Here you go…

Soft Joie “Annora” Embroidered Sweatshirt

how to layer in summer
Soft Joie $168 $100.80

My client’s often forget you can throw on a chic sweatshirt over your cute tee, lightweight top, or slim sleeved blouse. Right now I am loving this Soft Joie “Annora” Embroidered Sweatshirt. I will throw it on over my J.Crew ‘Salut’ tee, or a linen tank.

Sizing Note: Runs true to size. A size 4-6 woman will wear a small.

Vince Camuto Faux Suede Utility Jacket

summer outerwear
Vince Camuto $240 $159.90

The struggle is real on the search for a flattering shade of camel, but I finally found a tan color that works on just about everyone. Introducing, Vince Camuto’s Faux Suede Utility Jacket. [Insert applause emoji.]

Sizing Note: Runs true to size. A size 4-6 woman will wear a Small.

Caslon Roll Sleeve Utility Jacket

summer outerwear
Caslon $79

This Caslon Roll Sleeve Utility Jacket is fantastically versatile and goes with so many casual looks. It pairs deliciously with jeans, can work with shorts, and flatters everyone.

Sizing Note: This jacket runs horrifically large. A size 4-6 woman will need to order an XXSP in order for it to fit the way I want it to.

Nordstrom Collection Linen Blend Utility Jacket

summer outerwear
Nordstrom Collection $379

This delicious Nordstrom Collection Linen Blend Utility Jacket is very similar to the olive jacket mentioned above in the sense that it works on so many clients and the color works with so many other colors.

Sizing Note: This jacket runs large. A size 4-6 woman will need to order an XS. Also, the belt at the bottom is useless and unflattering. Detach it from the jacket and use it as a fun knot belt with a light grey summer dress.

AG “Robyn” Denim Jacket

summer jacket
AG $198

A denim jacket is a bit of a go-to for summer outerwear and the AG “Robyn” Denim Jacket is my absolute favorite denim jacket out there right now. It is super soft, has stretch and flexibility, flatters everyone and is that perfect shade of ‘denim’. So many denim jackets out there have that contrast orange threading that speaks of cowboy days gone by. This is far more classic and versatile.

Sizing Note: Runs small. A size 4-6 woman will wear a Medium.

Catherine Catherine Malandrino “Mick” Jacket

best summer outerwear
Catherine Catherine Malandrino $34.55 – $105.90

This knit Catherine Catherine Malandrino “Mick” Jacket is versatile, comfortable, flattering and my clients love it.

Sizing Note: Runs true to size.

NIC + ZOE Linen Moto Jacket

summer jacket
NIC + ZOE $188 $131.60

This NIC + ZOE Linen Moto Jacket is the epitome of summer outerwear. It is super light weight, but gives you that layer you need against a chill. Plus the ‘dark truffle’ color is surprisingly versatile and the fit is absolutely flattering. You will love it with jeans and skirts.

Sizing Note: Runs a bit big. A size 4-6 woman will wear an XS.

Cupcakes and Cashmere “Nero” Tie Front Cardigan

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Cupcakes and Cashmere $115

This Cupcakes and Cashmere “Nero” Tie Front Cardigan is that perfect light-weight casual grey sweater to wear with skinny jeans. I promise it is flattering, although it appears a bit awkward on the model only because she is so tall. The sweater is made for someone with a shorter waist.

Sizing Note: Runs true to size. A size 4-6 woman will wear a Small.

NIC + ZOE “4-Way” Convertible 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan

how to layer in summer
NIC + ZOE $98

Most clients know I often recommend this NIC + ZOE “4-Way” Convertible 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan. I love the color availability, its length and its soft comfortable fabric. I use it exclusively for dress looks.

Sizing Note: Runs a bit large, but you can often get away with a variation of sizes. A size 4-6 woman will wear an XS to a Small.

Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Kimono Cardigan

summer outerwear
Eileen Fisher $188

Eileen Fisher often makes great cardigans and I love this Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Kimono Cardigan in Boysenberry.

Sizing Note: Runs very large. A size 4-6 woman will wear an XS and I recommend going for the petite sizes as the cardigan in ‘regular’ sizes is too long for most people.

BLANC NYC Faux Leather Jacket

how to layer for a summer evening

This BLANC NYC Faux Leather Jacket is my favorite faux leather jacket I have ever come across. It is sexy, flattering and pairs well with fitted tops, jeans, and edgy dresses.

Sizing Note: Runs a bit small. A size 4-6 woman will wear a Small to Medium.

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