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Best Lightweight Jackets

best lightweight jackets
jacket: Free People, sports bra: Girlfriend Collective, biker shorts: Girlfriend Collective, sandals: FitFlop

As a personal stylist, my clients are constantly asking for versatile and stylish lightweight jackets. In fact, many of my clients run cold and want outerwear for every single outfit they wear. Unfortunately, no matter how versatile the jacket is, if you have a diverse wardrobe, you need a lot more outerwear than you think. For a summer evening, I am a big fan of shawls. They take up less space in your wardrobe, you can shove them in your purse when you’re not cold, and they generally cost less. But once it drops below 65°, you need more than a scarf. Plus, people really like to turn the indoors into an arctic environment come summer.

When it comes to lightweight jackets, stylish windbreakers are one of my favorite types. You also can’t go wrong with a denim jacket, cargo jacket, or lightweight blazer. Below are all the best lightweight jackets I have recently put on clients in San Diego. It’s time to stock up!

Open Edit Linen Blend Blazer

best lightweight jackets
Open Edit $89.50

This is the best lightweight blazer I have found this season! Pair it with shorts, straight-leg bottoms, skinny-leg bottoms, short dresses, and maxi dresses with a similar weight and texture to the blazer.

Available at Nordstrom.

Sizing: Runs huge, order 1-3 sizes down. Available in XXS-XL

Material: 53% linen, 44% rayon, 3% spandex

Quince 100% European Linen Jacket

stylish lightweight jackets
Quince $128 $59.90

This is an extremely lightweight jacket that looks especially fabulous with wide-leg pants and a body suit.

Available at Quince.

Sizing: True to size, if not a teensy bit big. Available in XS-XL.

Material: 100% European linen

Madewell Cropped Cargo Jacket

light weight jackets
Madewell $118 $89.99

This is one of my favorite lightweight jackets of the season. Versatile style in a fun color? Yes, please!

Available at Madewell.

Sizing: Runs large, order 1-2 sizes down. Available in XXS-XXL.

Material: 100% cotton

GAP Relaxed Utility Jacket

light weight summer jackets
GAP $99.95 $49

This is such an easy lightweight jacket to throw on with blue jeans, wide-leg pants, or shorts. I love that utilitarian style and color. And as you may know from my past post, olive green tends to be one of the most versatile jacket colors.

Available at GAP.

Sizing: XXS-XXL

Material: 100% regenerative cotton

Mavi Jeans Denim Trucker Jacket

light weight summer jackets
Mavi Jeans $128

This denim jacket is a major client favorite right now and my go-to denim jacket.

Available at Nordstrom

Sizing: True to size. Available in XS-XL.

Material: 65% cotton, 13% lyocell, 13% polyester, 7% recycled cotton, 2% elastane

Free People Way Home Packable Light Weight Jacket

best windbreakers
Free People $90

This jacket is crazy lightweight so it’s great for those in need of sun protection without the weight or warmth of a jacket. It looks best with athletic leggings, biker shorts, or joggers. You can see me sporting this lightweight jacket in my post, How To Style Shorts.

Available at Free People.

Sizing: Runs huge. Order 1-2 sizes down. Available in XS-XL.

Material: 100% nylon

Caslon Stretch Cotton Jacket

light weight jackets
Caslon $69.50

I love this lightweight jacket for colored or light-wash denim. It works with skinny to wide-leg bottoms.

Available at Nordstrom; also in plus size.

Sizing: Runs large, order 1 size down. Available in XS-XL and 1X-4X.

Material: 95% cotton, 5% spandex

Zella Commute Stowaway Hood Rain Jacket

light weight jackets
Zella $129 $77.40

This lightweight jacket pair great with “shinier” leggings and dressy pants like the Vince stitch front seam leggings.

Available at Nordstrom.

Sizing: Runs large, order 1 size down. Available in XS-XL.

Material: 80% nylon, 13% spandex, 7% polyester with 100% polyester mesh

MANGO Denim Bomber Jacket

light weight summer jackets
MANGO $79.99

This lightweight bomber jacket is great with wide-leg pants, t-shirt dresses, and flared mini skirts.

Available at Nordstrom and MANGO.

Sizing: True to size. Available in S-XXL.

Material: 100% cotton

Vince Cotton Blend Jacket

light weight summer jackets
Vince $345 $207

Another lightweight jacket that is great for work. Pair this one with straight-leg pants.

Available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Vince.

Sizing: Runs large, order 1 size down. Available in S-XL

Material: 79% cotton, 15% polyester, 6% spandex

Blanc Noir Penelope Soft Trench Coat

light weight jackets
Blanc Noir $279

This is just the coolest lightweight trench coat I have seen. I am putting it on everyone!

Available at Nordstrom.

Sizing: True to size. Available in XS-XL.

Material: 75% polyester, 25% nylon

Superdown Pearl Denim Light Weight Jacket

light weight summer jacket
Superdown $108

Tired of the usual denim jackets? You gotta get this pearl-encrusted lightweight jacket.

Available at Revolve

Sizing: Runs a teensy bit big. Order your usual size and a size down to compare. Available in XXS-XL.

Material: 100% cotton

Blanc Noir Mastermind Hooded Jacket

light weight jackets
Blanc Noir $199

I’m loving this lightweight jacket with “shinier” leggings and dressy pants like the Vince stitch front seam leggings.

Available at Nordstrom.

Sizing: Runs true to size. Available in XS – L.

Material: 77% nylon, 23% spandex

LSPACE Flyaway Packable Windbreaker

stylish windbreakers
LSPACE $150

This lightweight jacket looks great with shiny joggers or athletic leggings.

Available at Anthropologie and LSPACE.

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: Nylon

Vince Camuto Cropped Peak-Lapel Blazer

light weight jackets
Vince Camuto $149

This is such a great lightweight work jacket. It pairs great with skinny to wide pants and jeans.

Available at Nordstrom.

Sizing: Runs large, order 1 size down. Available in 2-8.

 Material: 68% polyester, 24% rayon, 8% elastane

Rails Cheyenne Jacket

light weight jackets
Rails $248

I adore this jacket with joggers, straight-leg pants, and any cropped pant.

Available at Rails and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Sizing: Runs large, order 1 size down. Available in XXS-2X.

Material: 99% cotton, 1% elastane

Kut from the Kloth Jacqueline Denim Light Weight Jacket

light weight summer jackets
Kut from the Kloth $89

This lightweight jacket is a solid denim choice with multiple washes available. Its length allows you to pair it easily with pants, whereas the denim jackets featured above and below are a little shorter and work best with dresses.

Available at Nordstrom.

Sizing: XXS-XL

Material: 99% cotton, 1% spandex

AG ’Robyn’ Lightweight Denim Jacket

lightweight jackets
AG $215 $137.60

You may recognize the AG ’Robyn’ Denim Jacket. I previously featured it in another post: How To Wear a Jean Jacket. It’s still one of my go-to denim jackets, especially for women with longer arms. Pair it with dresses and tucked-in tops.

Available at Amazon, Saks Fifth Avenue, and AG.

Sizing: Runs true to size, but you may need to hem the arms. Available in XS-XL.

Material: 98% cotton, 2% elastane

Columbia Flash Challenger Water Resistant Crop Windbreaker Jacket

best windbreakers
Columbia $75 $39.99

This jacket is crazy lightweight so it’s great for those in need of sun protection without the weight or warmth of a jacket. It looks best with athletic leggings, biker shorts, or joggers.

Available at Amazon and Columbia.

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: 100% polyester

Quince Stretch Crepe Cropped Jacket

best light weight jackets
Quince $69.90

This is such a great lightweight work jacket. It pairs great with skinny to wide pants and jeans. It also works with dresses that nip in at the waist.

Available at Quince

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: 97% Recycled Polyester, 3% Spandex

Altheta Arrival Light Weight Jacket

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Athleta $149 $90.99

Another crazy lightweight jacket that’s great for those in need of sun protection without the weight or warmth of a jacket. It looks best with athletic leggings, biker shorts, or joggers.

Available at Athleta

Sizing: XXS-XL

Material: 80% Cupro Rayon, 20% Nylon

Caslon Utility Jacket

light weight jackets
Caslon $79 $49.99

This lightweight utility jacket looks best with joggers, skinny bottoms, and cropped straight-leg jeans or chinos.

Available at Nordstrom

Sizing: XXS-L

Material: 100% Tencel® lyocell

Stylish Lightweight Jackets From Years Past

I originally wrote this post on the best lightweight jackets years ago and update it regularly due to its popularity. I’ve left these photos below for nostalgic purposes. Whenever I update older posts, I love to hold on to a collection of images as a bit of a time capsule so we can watch how our style evolves.

Varley Blake Windbreaker

stylish windbreakers
Varley $188

This windbreaker is available at Anthropologie and Varley.

Sizing: XXS-L

Fabric content: Nylon

ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Patch Pocket Cargo Jacket

stylish windbreakers
ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo $345

This jacket is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Net-A-Porter, and ATM.

Sizing: XS-XL

Fabric content: 100% polyester

Liverpool Los Angeles Tie Hem Crop Cargo Jacket

light weight jackets
Liverpool Los Angeles $129

This jacket is available at NordstromZappos, and Liverpool Los Angeles.

Sizing: XS-XL

Fabric content: 56% Tencel® lyocell, 41% cotton, 3% spandex

Zella Runyon Windbreaker Jacket

stylish windbreakers
Zella $89,

Sizing: XS-XXL, Plus-size available

Fabric content: 100% nylon

Garnet Hill Any-Day Lightweight Jacket

light weight jackets
Garnet Hill $169 $34

Sizing: XS-XL

Fabric content: 100% nylon, mesh lining

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4 Responses

  1. Love the Lafayette ensemble! The trousers look fantastic with this jacket.

    Thanks,
    A fan ,
    Pat

    1. Right?! Gorgeous! So glad you like!

  2. Hi Vanessa!

    I have enjoyed reading your blog posts every time. This time I feel like I need to tell you about a leopard coat I just received – online from Mango..at a much lower price point for those who appreciate that.

    https://shop.mango.com/us/women/coats-coats/leopard-faux-fur-coat_33077012.html?c=30&n=1&s=prendas_she.familia;15.coats15;Pelo

    I expected that it would look too cheap, but I was surprised at how good it looks and even has hidden fasteners.

    Keep ‘em coming! Best for the holidays, Annie

    1. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing Annie! xoxo

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