The Summer Work Jackets a Fashion Editor Swears By for a Polished Look

Updated 05/05/19
Women's Work Jackets
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When the summer heat gets real in New York City, it can be tempting to throw out all the workwear we own in favor of flowy dresses and barely there tops. The temperature can get so oppressive in summer months that it's difficult to maintain a level of professionalism in our work outfits. But here's one little trick that can help elevate basically any summer dress, going-out top, or flowy skirt: Just add a lightweight jacket. But finding the right women's work jackets to fit every outfit in your wardrobe is no easy task.

"When I look for a work jacket, I definitely want something that feels tailored and polished," says Who What Wear fashion market editor Nicole Akhtarzad. "At the same time, comfort is key since you'll be wearing it all day and, of course, trying to actually work in it. In the warmer months, that means a lightweight material and something that's not too form-fitting so that it works both on my walk to the office but also at my desk under the AC unit!" The jacket currently in her shopping cart? A camel-colored cropped jacket from Topshop.

Ready to give your spring and summer work jackets an upgrade? Shop our editors' favorite styles and colors.

Topshop Patch Pocket Crop Jacket $95
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Available in sizes 0 to 14.

Shop more of our editors' favorite spring/summer women's work jackets.

Linen

Lili Blazer in Yellow
Farrow Lili Blazer in Yellow $108
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Available in sizes S to L.

Mango Structured Linen Jacket $120
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Available in sizes 2 to 10.

Duster

Angela Long Coat
Alice and Olivia Angela Long Coat $495
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Available in sizes XS to S.

J.Crew Long Tie-Waist Jacket $128
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Available in sizes XXS to XL.

Checked

Checked Cady Blazer
Ganni Checked Cady Blazer $350
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Available in sizes DK34 to DK42.

Khan Checked Canvas Blazer
Zara Double-Breasted Check Blazer $100
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Available in sizes 0 to 10.

Floral

Printed Linen Jacket
Rebecca Taylor Printed Linen Jacket $450
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Available in sizes 00 to 10.

Zara Embroidered Kimono With Belt $129
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Available in sizes S to XL.

Pastel

Mango Double-Breasted Structure Blazer $120
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Available in sizes XXS to M.

Boyfriend Blazer
Laveer Boyfriend Blazer $484
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Available in sizes 0 to 8.

Textured

Mango Buttoned Texture Jacket $100
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Available in sizes XXS to L.

Mango Trim Tweed Jacket $80
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Available in sizes XXS to M.

Striped

Daren Jacket
Parker Daren Jacket $298
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Available in sizes XS to M.

Mango Fine-Stripe Suit Blazer $100
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Available in sizes XXS to M.

Next up: Five work outfit ideas for a conservative office.

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