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The 10 Best Lightweight Tailored Jackets to Keep You Looking Sharp This Summer

Stay cool, but look like fire.

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Before the pandemic threw a wrench in the works, tailoring was experiencing something of a renaissance. That’s not to say it ever went away—many dedicated haberdashers have continued to champion the suit, come hell or athleisure. But numerous brands that had gone all-in on sportswear, from haute names like Dior and Louis Vuitton to hypebeasts like Off-White, began to embrace a more classically elegant look. Then came sweats-a-palooza and, now, we find ourselves here: wanting to break out of the loungewear rut but not quite ready to start suiting up to the nines. How to wear tailoring now?

Designers, from the fashion set to traditional sartorialists, have answered with an array of soft, unstructured separates befitting the current mood. The key factors are construction (un-roped shoulders, minimal canvassing) and textiles (airy linens, fresco wools, silks, and cottons light enough to be shirting). These subtle tweaks yield traditionally decorous tailoring with ease—the kind of stuff that isn’t that far of a leap from the sweaters and casual jackets we had all been rocking in the lockdown days.

If you only invest in one piece of tailoring this summer, make it a lightweight, unstructured sport coat or suit jacket. Not only are these laidback toppers ideal for the current dress code, but they’re also a perennial warm-weather staple. In other words, they’ll help you get back on the sartorial wagon now and keep you looking sharp for years to come. Here are 10 of the best to buy now.

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