One of the cardinal rules from my time of styling for Nordstrom was, “The 3rd Piece.” Each look needed to be completed with strong layering. While it could take the form of a statement accessory, it was often outerwear that made the most aspiring looks. So, what is a fashion MVRCK to do when it’s hotter than hades outside?
Summer brings an interesting conundrum. When you’re outside you’re sweating profusely, but the second you step in the office, the grocery store, or a restaurant you’re literally frozen from the beratement of air conditioning. Don’t even get me started on when the sun goes down halfway through date night…
Cardigans are for moms and leather jackets feel a little too Harley Davidson for 100 degree weather, so what hero pieces save the day for a transitional summer look? Glad you asked.
Here are my top 5 summer jackets that won’t cause heatstroke, but will put you on the best dressed list.
You can never go wrong with denim. Tie it across the body, shrug it completely off your shoulders, or subtly drape over your shoulders for a fresh look (and added ventilation). Keep the silhouette oversized and in a medium wash.
90s power blazers have been the reigning fashion outwear piece for some time. Tuck your wool blazer away till fall, and opt for a lightweight linen. Look for an oversized double breasted blazer. The length will allow you to wear it with shorts and pants, and also buttoned up as a top.
If I could live in a black biker jacket, I would. Unfortunately, the weather report doesn’t always cooperate. Swap for a suede piece instead. It feels more relaxed and season-appropriate. Traditional tan, mustard yellow, or pale pastel colorways are trending.
It’s hard to look chic when you’re being melted by the sun, but a long-length duster feels insanely elevated and effortless. Opt for a lightweight fabrication, like silk, that moves with you. Throw it on over a simple tank and denim or a slip dress.
The bomber has become a fashion staple that just gets reimagined each season. While quilting and power puffs were big for fall, a sleek satin is the perfect alternative for summer. Stick with a cropped version that hits just at the waist and drape over a simple outfit.
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