Need help with a rainy summer wardrobe? Look no further than the midseason jacket.
Navigating the days between bright, glorious sunshine and seemingly never-ending summer rain can be sartorially tricky. Picture the scene: it’s a sunny day and your summer wardrobe is screaming out to be worn, but stepping outside you realise it’s just not warm enough to get away with a cotton blouse or a T-shirt sans jacket.
Thank us later, but we’ve got the answer to your wardrobe dilemmas: enter the midseason jacket.
In other words, a lightweight extra layer that will give you warmth and much-needed adverse weather protection during unpredictable summer days. They’re also perfect thrown in a tote bag for sunny afternoons that extend into crisp evenings — whether that be at the beach or sunbathing in the park.
From denim-style throw on styles to crisp and sophisticated blazers, Stylist has found a midseason jacket no matter your style preference.
Off-white is arguably the shade of the entire season. This buttercreamy-hued blazer from Mango is just the ticket for updating minimalist wardrobes — the loose-cut silhouette is more relaxed than formal. Pair with stonewash jeans and a white tee, or for extra chic points, get the matching trousers too. Also a super sophisticated poolside cover up: wear over a black bikini and with gold jewellery for an Instagram-worthy look.
Mango Flecked Suit Blazer, was £69 now £29.99
Denim jackets will never not be in fashion, but this season the humble staple has been reinvented with an urban edge. This oversized denim shacket — a mix between a shirt and a jacket — in washed black is ideal thrown on over floral dresses or with jeans for a double denim look.
Topshop Oversized Denim Shacket, £39
Is it a bomber jacket or a blazer? This Zara number is the perfect blend of both. Crafted from lightweight linen — the fabric of the season — this super oversized jacket is slouchy yet chic. Extra cool points come from the grandad collar, patch pockets and drawstring-hemmed sleeves. Perfect worn on casual days, or with tailored trousers for a laid-back yet elegant look.
Zara Jacket with Pockets, £49.99
Staud is swiftly becoming a cult brand — and looking at this jacket, it’s easy to see why. Crafted from lightweight cotton, this button-up utilitarian style jacket is given a feminine spin thanks to its belted waist and soft lilac colour. Perfect worn with jeans or white trousers — and wear it come autumn with a light grey roll neck, too.
Staud Sabrina Belted-Stretch Jacket, was £195 now £78, net-a-porter.com
Mango Pocketed Denim Jacket, £35.99
Casual summer jackets that aren’t denim can be hard to come by. But this Current/Elliott one is ideal — the gently pleated peplum adds an air of fashion to the cotton twill button-up shirt. Raw hemlines and the shirt collar keep it cool. Perfect to wear to brunch — or in the summer festival fields.
Current/Elliott The Tella pleated cotton jacket, £245, Net-a-Porter
& Other Stories
Utilitarian gilet style jackets are a massive trend this season. But this one from & Other Stories is a firm favourite. The sleek design is oversized, giving off the impression that it’s been borrowed from the boys. With four front pockets, this lightweight canvas safari jacket looks cool worn with tonal tops underneath.
& Other Stories Denim Workwear Vest, was £69 now £48
This expedition jacket by Arket is a summer wardrobe dream. It gives off seriously chic safari vibes while its structure and silhouette are guaranteed to add polish to any everyday look. But the good thing is it’s seriously low maintenance — the cotton twill will keep its shape better than a linen version would, and won’t crease. Wear with a simple white T-Shirt, or with tailored city shorts for a summer take on the suit.
Arket Expedition Jacket, £79
If you can’t add bold colour to your warm weather wardrobe, when can you? This worker’s jacket from Arket is perfect even for the colour shy, though. Yes it’s red, but it’s a soft red rather than Crayola red, and the minimalist and functional cut of the jacket keeps it understated, still. Pair with simple white sneakers and loose cut jeans.
Arket Cotton Twill Workwear Jacket, £79