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

July is officially here and the summer heat is at its peak. Wait a minute, is it too early to discuss coats and jackets?

No. Unless you’re living in a place where there’s no 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, or in other words, making more use out of your current pieces.

So yes, a jacket might be the missing puzzle to your summer wardrobe. You’d want to make sure it’s a light, fun summer jacket for breezy weather, not a heat-strapping winter overcoat, though. The basic rule of thumb is to check for the component of the fabric. At the moment we’d like to wear hemp, linen, and other plant-based fibers or blends, and save wool for the colder months.

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


Waist-length jacket

This is the perfect length for summer outerwear. The just-above-belt length, quite similar to that of the biker jacket, allows max breathability and freedom of movement, as well as the chance to mix the jacket with leg-elongating high-waist pants and skirts. Opt for a body-fitting mini blazer for an all-purpose jacket, or a loose-fitting collar jacket for an easy breezy look.

 


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Lisa Von Tang


Tailored utility jacket

Slightly longer than waist-length, these are the classic, timeless coats that you can wear on-and-off-work. The iconic shirt collar, placed on top of the structured look is what gives these utility coats a neat, polished look, while the lapels give off a softer, easy-going vibe. They strike the perfect balance between a short, playful jacket and a romantic, belted trench. Style these with a skirt, boxy shorts, or wide-leg trousers, and you’re good to go from morning till night.

 


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Summer trench

Oh no, trench.

Apparently, you don’t have to live in rainy London to be able to wear trenches in summer. We’ve picked the lighter, silk and linen-based trench coats that are practical in the hotter months, so you can look effortlessly chic year round. Although they are the longest coats in our list, their drapey, flowy silhouette, with extra space in arm opening, makes 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 magical as a trench coat, which can make a pair of jeans, or even a pair of slippers look elegant. So learn it from the French and don’t miss out on this timeless item just because of the warmer weather.

 


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Lightweight blazer

It seems like for most of us, the first time we decide to bring a blazer to our wardrobe is when we are going to a job interview, or any other serious, office-based events.

Blazers don’t have to be rigid and boring. There are many ways for you to make the conventional office jacket your own statement item, 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.

 


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Sporty zip-up

90s fashion is so good that it’s still perfectly relevant today. Sporty outerwear over a fitted base, or even a floaty summer dress still is our go-to, universal clothing code for easy summer outfits. Windbreakers are extremely lightweight, as they are designed for performance, and some even have sweat-wicking properties!

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.

 


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Must-have denim jacket

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 its thick, supple, but also breathable 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 denim jacket, do keep in mind that denim is, still, one of the most environmentally taxing of all fabrics. So, No Kill recommends 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.


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–Jacqueline Pham