19 Lightweight Summer Sweaters to Elevate Your Warm-Weather Layering Game

It's summertime, and the livin' is easy (not to mention breezy). Still, it's likely your office is air-conditioned to within an inch of its life, plus it's probable you're spending more hours outdoors than ever—and once the sun sets each evening, things can get surprisingly chilly, even in July. That's why throughout the summer months, you should have a few warm-weather knits on hand. Layering's not just a fall and winter game, after all!

Whether you prefer nautical stripes, eye-popping colors, animal motifs or sheer paneling, we've found a summertime sweater to fit the bill. Click through to shop 19 perfect options that won't leave you sweating or shivering this season.

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Later, gator.


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You need at least one breton-striped knit in your summer rotation. Bonus points if it's partly sheer.


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Therein lies the beauty of the cropped sweater: unlike the crop top, it looks just as good layered over something else, and thus is infinitely more wearable.
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If you don't yet own one of Kenzo's now-iconic tiger pullovers, now's the perfect time to invest. This one's even got hemline vents for added ventilation.


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Tropical prints and athletic mesh make this a marriage of two of our favorite warm-weather trends.
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That skater-boy-inspired hood sucks all the preciousness right out of the floral print.


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Nothing says "here comes summer" like short sleeves and open weaves. That collar's just the cherry on top of it all.
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Not really in the mood for a sweater? Try a sporty sweatshirt instead. We love this leopard-spotted version, and that minty green's so summery.


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School may be out for summer, but that's no reason to ditch our favorite scholastic-minded trends.
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Better get your tentacles on this baby before it's sold out.


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Show off those shoulders—without going sleeveless!
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This summer, the claws are coming out.
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A lovely, literal take on the color-blocking trend.
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Layer it over a simple tank in a similarly neutral hue—or, if you're daring, over a sporty bra top.
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Like a wearable drink of limeade.


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Oh Mickey, you're so fine.


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There's no better way to add dimension to an all-white summer look than with a bold gold cardi.