Hot Toppers: 15 Summer Jackets That Won't Give You Heatstroke

Jackets might be the last thing on Earth that you want to think about during the dead of summer, a time when everyone's trying to wear as little clothing as possible—but in fact, when outdoor temperatures are sky-high, so too are most air conditioner settings, which can lead to some surprisingly chilly situations. Office buildings and movie theaters are the obvious top culprits here, but restaurants, boutiques and museums also tend to fall prey to overzealous cooling conditions.

For this reason, a summertime jacket's a smarter investment than it sounds. The key here is to choose one cut from a lightweight fabric like silk, linen, lace or chambray—or to look for versions with sheer paneling, roomy sleeves or cropped lengths for optimum ventilation. We think the 15 awesome toppers in the slideshow below totally fit the bill.

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That gauze paneling will keep you cool—even when the mercury hits triple-digit highs.
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A sharp white blazer always looks fresh during the summer—end of story.
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Lace: it's summer's favorite fabric for a reason.


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In the summertime, when outfits tend to skew more casual, a little denim jacket is all you really need outerwear-wise.
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Too damn hot for a proper denim jacket? Fake the look with a chambray button-up! Left open over a slim sundress or a tank and silk shorts, it makes for a great lightweight layer.
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Army jackets are a perfect pick for way-up-there temps—especially in a cropped length and double-especially in a breezy fabric like linen.


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A fun way to capitalize on the athletic trend, sans sweat.
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During fall and winter, you can't get enough of your leather-sleeved varsity topper. Come summer, swap that out for a whisper-thin, silky version like this one.
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Armed with this bad boy, summer rainstorms don't stand a chance. Sport the bottom layer solo and you've got a sleek and easy sleeveless raincoat; wear the top jacket portion on its own for a cool cropped trench look. And yes, once the weather cools down come fall, you can wear both sections together.
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Go ahead, give 'em the cold shoulder (and, uh, the cold chest, too).
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Blue-and-white stripes are innately beachy—and therefore summery. The perfect extra office layer that'll look just as good over a tank and cutoffs for Sunday brunch.
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Just because it's hot out doesn't mean you have to stow your go-to moto jackets—just pick one in breezy, airy crochet.
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Ultra-textural bouclé may look warm, but its woven nature actually makes it every bit as breathable as crochet. This collarless number will serve you well through the summer—and into fall.
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Hothouse florals—a natural choice for sweltering weather.