I almost always carry an extra sweater or jacket, even in the summer, but during this time of year, I’m a bit particular about the pieces I like to layer up. You will most likely see me wearing a lot of repeats during the summer when it comes to sweaters and cardigans, so I thought I’d do a full round-up of my favorites. Sadly the sweater in this post is from last year, but I’ve linked to a few more that I like below.
6 Perfect Pieces for Summer Layering
Below I am sharing 6 of the layering pieces I own. You can wear these styles on repeat all summer long along with fall and winter. My suggestion is to invest in one of each of these styles. You can wear these pieces year-round and they won’t ever go out of style so you want to make sure they last!
A Summer Blazer
Adding a blazer to your summer wardrobe is a favorite mainly because it’s a great capsule piece for year-round. It is a great layering piece in the cold weather in fall and winter because it is slim enough to be worn under a coat. But it is light enough you can wear it in the warmer months as well. This year, I’ve been focusing on lighter tones such as linens, creams, and tans. I am obsessing over the scream scalloped blazer from Express! It is a basic cream blazer but the scalloped lapel adds the cutest detailing to take it up a notch!
A Denim Jacket
A great denim jacket is a must-have staple essential. Again, I love that it’s a piece that you can style from day to night. I personally love styling mine with skirts and dresses. A denim jacket is probably one of the most versatile pieces you can own. You can wear them in so many ways in summer such as, over a graphic tee with denim shorts for a cute denim-on denim look. Or throw it over a cute summer dress with sneakers for a cool and comfy outfit. I personally like to keep a cropped and oversized denim jacket on hand in a medium wash to ensure that one of them can be worn with any outfit I choose. Levi’s and AGOLDE are my personal favorites for anything denim!
A Lightweight Cardigan
A great cardigan is perfect for layering in a chilly office meeting or when you want to cover up your arms and keep your tank showing. A new trend that has been seen a lot lately is cropped button-up cardigans. These are perfect for high-rise jeans or jean shorts. There are so many fun colors for summer that you can easily throw over a summer dress as well. Many of these cardigans that I linked come in multiple colors! You’re able to grab some fun summer colors along with neutrals!
A Pullover Sweater
Summer sweaters are my favorite to layer on at night. I love styling it with my favorite denim shorts for a summer evening. It is a great addition to a dress or sweater as well because you can still have that summer look by wearing a dress or skirt while remaining warm on chillier summer days. The sweater is perfect to throw on without ruining your whole outfit with a random layer. I’ve linked some sweaters in neutral tones that can be worn with any outfit and will carry over into colder weather as well. Free People is my go-to for any sweater because they always come in at least six colors!
A Casual Nylon Jacket
Whether caught on a rainy day or leaving the gym, I love having a casual and cute piece. This is a must-have for spring and summer! Lululemon and Alo Yoga have so many trendy spring jackets that will elevate your athletic outfits to chic! Not only are they cute but are functional as well for when the weather decides to change on us mid-day.
A Cozy Sweatshirt
Most days, I have a sweatshirt on. Personally, this summer I’m loving that crops are so on trend as well as the tie-dye trend. These trends make a sweatshirt look warm weather approved while remaining warm. There are so many different variations of tie-dye out now. It is easy to find a subtle tie-dye sweatshirt to add some detailing and color to your outfit. Or you can find a bold tie-dye print to make a statement wherever you go!
Summer Layering Tips
Pick Suitable Fabrics
For chic summer outfits, opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics like linen and cotton. These materials keep you cool and comfortable, allowing for stylish layering even in warm weather.
Establish Base Layer
Starting with a base layer is crucial for long sleeve summer outfits. Choose a thin, moisture-wicking material that provides comfort without adding bulk or trapping heat.
Blend Textures, Patterns
Mix and match textures and patterns to create visually appealing summer outfits. Combine a long sleeve with a bold pattern alongside lighter, solid-colored layers to achieve a balanced and eye-catching look.
Accessorize, Harmonize Layers
Use accessories like lightweight scarves and statement necklaces to balance your layers and add depth to your summer outfits. These elements can enhance a long sleeve ensemble without causing discomfort in the heat.
Experiment with different proportions when layering for summer. Pair a long sleeve top with high-waisted shorts or a flowing skirt to create a balanced and breezy outfit perfect for warm weather.
Adapt Layers for Events
Tailor your layered summer outfits for various occasions by incorporating versatile long-sleeve pieces. Dress up a casual outfit with a lightweight blazer or dress down a formal look with a denim jacket to suit the event.
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