Unlock the secret item to the coolest street style looks: summer jackets

We’ve curated 20 just for you

Summer is officially here and the heat is at its peak (we hope!). But wait – is it too early to discuss coats and jackets?

No. Unless you’re living in a place where there is zero temperature fluctuation, there’s always a place for outerwear, no matter the season. But a jacket is much more than just something to keep you warm: it is an indispensable fashion item for any layering and mix-n-matching that are essential in creating almost every look. Adding a jacket to your closet is not like hauling excessive stuff, in fact, it helps you come up with more outfit ideas – in other words, making more use out of your current pieces.

So yes, a jacket might be the missing piece to your summer wardrobe puzzle. You want to make sure it’s a light, summer jacket for breezy weather, not a heat-strapping fall overcoat. The basic rule of thumb is to check for the component of fabric. At the moment we’re into hemp, linen, and other plant-based fibers or blends, and suggest saving the wool for the chillier months.

Shop No Kill’s edit of fabulous summer jackets, hand-picked from our trusted, highly eco-conscious sites below.


WAIST-LENGTH JACKET

WAIST NOT WANT NOT

This is the perfect length for summer outerwear. The just-above-belt length, quite similar to that of a biker jacket, allows max breathability and freedom of movement. Plus, this cut means a perfect pairing with those legs-for-days type high-waisted pants and skirts. Opt for a body-fitting mini blazer as an all-purpose jacket, or a loose-fitting collar jacket for an easy breezy look.




Pinstriped Wrapped Blazer
By Lisa Von Tang


SUMMER TRENCH

IN THE TRENCHES

Summer trenches aren’t limited to foggy London weather. Lighter, silk and linen-based trench coats are practical in the hotter months, meaning you can look effortlessly chic year round. Although their hemlines are the longest on our list, their drapey, flowy silhouettes with extra space in arm openings make them the perfect choices for the breezy summer days (and yes, you can definitely go 1 or 2 sizes larger if you want the oversized look)

There’s hardly anything as sleek as a trench coat – it can make a pair of jeans, or even a pair of slippers look elegant. So take a cue from the French and don’t miss out on this timeless item just because of the warmer weather.

White Bogolan Deconstructed Trench
By Studio One Eighty Nine





LIGHTWEIGHT BLAZER

boden-blazer-blue

BLAZING A TRAIL

It seems like for most of us, the first time we decide to add a blazer to our wardrobe is when we go to our first job interview. If you’re one of those people, you don’t know what you’ve been missing!

Blazers don’t have to be rigid and boring. The conventional office jacket easily transforms into your own statement item with the simplest of style tweaks, namely pop colors, accented shoulders and belt detailing. You can play around with shoulder pads – the slight bulkiness is what creates this stark contrast between the shoulder line and the waist, sculpting the structure of the entire fit. Oversized and bossy but tapered and feminine at the same time. If you are serious about that street style game, you might not want to skip contrasting: mixing the bulky with the slinky, and the loud, statement pieces with the quiet basics.

Our favorite blazers for the summer weather are made of linen blends with thin lining, allowing you all day comfort without compromising shape and style.





SPORTY ZIP-UP

SPORTY ZIPUPS

’90s fashion is almost more relevant today than it was in the ’90s. Sporty outerwear over a fitted base, or even a floaty summer dress still is our go-to, universal clothing code for easy summer outfits. The classic windbreaker is extremely lightweight, since it’s designed for performance, and these four standouts go the extra mile when it comes to sporty chic.

For the ultimate fun summer fit, try cropped jackets that hit right at the waist. The petite length is too good for summer outerwear and allows you endless opportunities to up your layering game with a flirty bra top, a cami, or any top that you like underneath.

Try cropped jackets restructured from old Adidas and Nike zip-up windbreakers by Frankie Collective, who take inspiration from 90’s staples and rework vintage garments to push the boundaries of contemporary style.

Vintage Nike Windbreaker Jacket
By Frankie Collective





MUST-HAVE DENIM JACKET

FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS

And finally, the denim jacket. The hero item that never goes out of style. The jacket that is appropriate not only for summer, but for any time in the year, thanks to the sturdy yet breathable fabric that is denim.

This year, try venturing out with contrasting volumes of the cocoon sleeves and the waist-fitted hem, or knee-length silhouette, for a more demi-couture look.

When shopping for your jean jacket, do keep in mind that denim is, still, one of the most environmentally taxing of all fabrics. We STRONGLY recommend you take a look at vintage / upcycled options, as a washed, slightly-worn look of the fabric is what we’re actively looking for anyway.




-By Caroline Jenkins


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