If you haven't embraced the upcoming spring and summer months with open arms by now, then I'm sorry to inform your winter-loving-self that they are inching closer to us with every passing day. And what's the best way to welcome a new season? A new wardrobe, including lightweight plus size jackets to help that transition happen a little bit more seamlessly. Even if you don't want warm weather to happen, it's happening. So you might as well lighten the blow with a little bit of retail therapy.
Personally, my favorite weather is this type of transitional period when you still need a light jacket but you can totally go bare-legged. It's a comfortable meeting of the cool and the warm, which often leads to some of my best outfits of the year. Because as much as I adore the heat of summer, I always hate packing away all my coats and jackets for the few months they're not necessarily needed.
In terms of a compromise, the way to go is often with a lightweight jacket that doesn't really make you feel like you're wearing anything at all, but still adds to your look and covers you up. Even in summer, a lightweight jacket is a good way just to keep the sun off your back and avoid burning. If you're one of those people who don't bare all as soon as the heat hits, hopefully this list of the best light plus size jackets on the market will help you as the seasons change.
1. See-Through Stripes
Stripe Bomber Jacket, $55, evansusa.com
What an easy way to combine your love of being chic and being a comfortable temperature. The mesh on this jacket will hopefully make this lightweight piece even more lightweight, with the added bonus of looking cool.
2. Embroidered Tassels All Around
Embroidered Tassel Jacket, $52, boohoo.com
The embroidery on this jacket is just beautiful and with its light tones, it's the perfect piece for chilled summer vibes.
3. The Classic Trench
Drape Front Trench Coat, $55.87, torrid.com
I love trench coats for how brilliantly versatile they are. Combined with a heavy scarf and gloves, they're a great winter defense jacket. Loosely tied over a summer outfit, they're a stunningly simple and casual piece.
4. Baby Pink
Twill Trucker Jacket, $89, nordstrom.com
This one is decidedly not denim, but reps all the casualness of a denim jacket with a more lightweight take — making it all the easier to wear during hot days.
5. Off-The-Shoulder Magic
Off The Shoulder Duster, $35, boohoo.com
Love the off-the-shoulder look and don't want to cover it up with a jacket? Just buy a duster with the feature built in.
6. Grid Print
Grid Print Jacket, $24, yoursclothing.co.uk
Will grid print ever go out of fashion? I still adore it, and this lightweight jacket is the perfect way to show off your edge without having to show off too much of your body.
Stand Collar A Line Coat, $460, nordstrom.com
A dusty pink is always one of my favorite colors to pull out come the warmer months, and this gorgeous A-line coat is a great example of how to rock pink in the spring.
8. Fringe & Suede
Fringe Faux Suede Jacket, $66.37, torrid.com
OK: A suede jacket might not sound like it's going to be especially lightweight. But this one would be the perfect addition to any boho dress.
9. Hippie Chic
Embroidered Jacket, $65, asos.com
What a perfect example of a summer jacket: Light, bright, and with cute detailing to make you stand out.
10. Camo Print
Camo Print Bomber Jacket, $40, boohoo.com
Camo is always effortlessly cool, especially in this kind of grayscale effect. Take your bomber game to the next level with this awesome number.
11. All Collarless
Jacquard Collarless Topper, $407, nordstrom.com
I'm absolutely in love with the almost pixelated design on this jacket. It's an interesting effect that you won't be seeing on everyone.
12. Trippy Colors
Cydney Jacket, $58, rue107.com
If you buy this funky jacket, you have to buy the matching bralette and skirt, duh.
13. Sleeveless Duster
Sleeveless Duster Jacket, $29, asos.com
The ultimate in lightweight jackets is definitely a sleeveless jacket.
14. Flower Power
Flower Print 3/4 Sleeve Jacket, $35, evansusa.com
If you're not quite ready for a sleeveless jacket, this three-quarter sleeved piece will do you well.
15. Burgundy Babe
Crepe Duster Coat, $52, boohoo.com
The hue of this duster makes it the ideal transitional jacket.
16. Cropped Denim
Cropped Denim Jacket, $68, nordstrom.com
Want a top tip for making your denim jacket more lightweight? Cut half of it off. Or just invest in a cropped denim jacket like this one.
Checked Jersey Jacket, $39, yoursclothing.co.uk
Jersey is a great material all year round, IMO, especially for a chilly spring night.
18. Waterfall Coat
Waterfall Coat, $44, boohoo.com
This coat screams glamour without the price tag. It'll be an amazing investment for your spring coat closet.
19. Something Neutral
Drawstring Hem Trench Coat, $129, nordstrom.com
A neutral will work with any springtime ensemble.
Knit Moto Jacket, $43.87, torrid.com
As you can see, paired with shorts and a lightweight tee, this pink jacket is perfect for your summer vibes.
21. Easy Breezy
Brushed Check Long Line Jacket, $42.50, asos.com
Who said checks can't be worn outside of winter? This jacket only proves that you can rock the pattern anytime, anywhere.
Half the fun of wearing a jacket in hotter months comes down to how you style it, but most of the battle is won when you have an arsenal of great lightweight pieces at your disposal. Just like you might want to invest in a great winter coat, the same should be true of your summer clothing, too.
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