Summer and jacket - surely these words don't sound quite right together. Unfortunately, due to the ever-changing and never-predictable British weather, a summer jacket is a necessity. So, step it up this summer and don't just choose one for practical purposes.
From a bold block colour to a fantastic print, a shorter crop or long and loose, there is certainly a jacket to suit everyone. This season, up your style status and step out of your comfort zone. Try a new on-trend shape or a bright hue that will steal the show. Always remember that a summer jacket is meant to lift your look, not to dull it down.
Have a browse through our hit list of summer jackets, you're sure to find something that cat
ches your eye...
Let's kick things off with the coolest jacket on the block, a bomber. Light, bright and with a dressed-down vibe, this orange one from La Redoute is just the throw-over you need for a chilly summer's day. Wear on the weekend over a simple jeans and t-shirt outfit.
A utility jacket is a weekend favourite that will never go out of style. This sleek version from Whistles will see you through any kind of weather. We love the idea of wearing it over a Breton dress with black boots
We are lusting over this leather jacket from M&S. Having spotted it at their SS17 press day late last year; we have been eagerly awaiting its arrival to stores. In a neat collarless style, this buttery leather jacket is a classic you'll be digging out for years to come. It's super lightweight, making it ideal for anyone who's always on the go.
If black leather is not summery enough for you, then this cream one from Bimba Y Lola certainly is. Finished with silver hardware, this jacket is another wardrobe staple that can be worn with everything.
Nothing says summer like vibrant yellow. Opt for something Chanel-inspired (but without the designer price tag) with this piece from Zara. Team with a floral dress with hints of yellow to tie the outfit together. Pearl earrings are a necessity.
Give your denim jacket a trendy update this season and choose one with fabulousfloralmotifs. Make it as grown up as possible by choosing one with just a few larger flowers so it's not toooverpowering.
Lift any look with this embroidered jacket from Mango. Set on fresh white, the multi-coloured embroidery and beads gives this piece a super summery feel. Wear over a floor-sweeping maxi dress.
Look slimmer in seconds with this striped jacket from Wallis. The vertical stripes will fake a slimmer upper half, while the ¾-length sleeves that reveal your wrists create the illusion of slimmer arms, too. Team with hints of red to really make your look pop.
You may be stuck in grey UK, but this jacket screams hot tropics. Set on a lightly padded fabric, this tropical-print jacket is just the ticket for staying warm and still looking summery. Wear with some cream wide-leg trousers for the smartest look. Cinch in that middle to emphasise your waist.
With so many options, which will you opt for to update your wardrobe for the new season?