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Best Lightweight Jackets To Wear Over Dresses To Look Chic


Are you ready to take your dress game to the next level? In this blog post, we’ll unveil a curated selection of the best lightweight jackets that effortlessly add a touch of chic to your outfit. Whether you’re aiming for a casual daytime look or a trendy evening ensemble, these stylish jackets are here to transform your dresses into fashion statements.

Get ready to elevate your style and turn heads wherever you go!

I am also listing the dress styles these jackets would be perfect for.

What Jackets Look Best Over Midi & Maxi Dress?

Fitted Blazers

Most of the time summer dresses would be flowy or will have prints. They look feminine and chic. Layering it with structured double breasted blazer will help add some elegance to your overall style. 

The length of these styles of blazers will fall right around your hip. So, you can still show the dresses style and feel confident in  it. 

Blazer over a floral print summer dress

This is a great way to add some fun color contrast by wearing colored blazers. And because summer dresses are lightweight in general, you can get around without linen blazers as well. 

I definitely prefer crepe blazers that look fantastic over these styles of dresses.

Perfect For Dress Styles:

Oversized Blazer

Oversized or single breasted blazers are also great third layer on flowy dresses in summer. If your dress has puff sleeves or voluminous body, a fitted double breasted blazer can feel too restricted. 

But if you switch it out with an oversized blazer, it will make your outfit much more comfortable.

Make sure that your dress does not have collars. If you are wearing it with collared dresses, then it your outfit will look very office like unless that’s what you are going for.

Oversized blazer over summer dress

Perfect For Dress Styles:

Find out the best styles of blazers that will work great in your wardrobe so you can make the most out of it.

Boucle Jacket

Boucle jackets have become really popular recently with the old money vibe. And these cropped style of jackets are great to instantly add sophistication and elegance to your dress outfits. 

While they might be tough to wear with full sleeve dresses as the fabric of Boucle jackets are rigid. 

But you can wear them with short sleeve, sleeveless and even structured shirt dresses.

Boucle Jacket over summer floral dress

Because of the tweed material a boucle jacket looks luxurious and in turn will elevate your dress outfit. 

Since these jackets don’t have collars, you can also wear this jacket over a shirt dress. 

I have been sold on this jacket and now cannot stop wearing it at all. 

Perfect For Dress Styles:

Loose Sleeves Cropped Cardigan

This is the best use of your loose sleeve cardigans that you have no idea how else to wear. You can pair them with dresses. 

I hate when I have to wear jackets with slim arms over puff sleeve dresses. Because when you take it out, you have crumpled sleeves and that just ruins your outfit doesn’t it. 

It does not have to be, pair it with a loose sleeve cardigan which is cropped in length.

Loose sleeve cropped cardigan over dress
Dress after taking the cardigan off the dress

Perfect For Dress Styles:

Sweater Jacket

Sweater jackets are perfect for in between weather. If you pick a structured style one like the Ann Taylor sweater jacket, you not only can wear this with dresses but can also rock it with jeans and other casual outfits. 

And sweater jackets feel much more comfortable instead of leather jacket or wool coats in the warmer weather because of the knit fabric.

Perfect For Dress Styles:

Striped Cardigan Jacket

If you love wearing solid color dresses a lot like me, you need a striped cardigan jacket. The striped pattern adds an interesting detail to your overall look instead of making it look boring. 

And stripes are a classic pattern that never goes out of style so, you know that your outfit will always look chic and classy. 

This style of jacket also works well with casual dresses like tank dresses, tshirt dress and also with slip dresses.

Perfect For Dress Styles:

What Jackets Look Best Over Short Dress?

Boucle Jacket

Yes, you can also wear a cropped boucle jacket over a short dress. It will look even better if the dress is fit and flared style. 

The fit of the jacket compliments the flowy style of the short dress giving it a put together touch. 

Boucle Jacket over short dress

Perfect For Dress Styles:

Oversized Blazer

An oversized blazer will be your universal friend. As it pretty much goes with everything. Because the dress length is short, wearing an oversized longer coat will not cut your dress in weird proportion which can tend to make you look short.

If you are petite, you specially need to be mindful of this. But even if you are not petite, who wants to look short?? I don’t!


Oversized Blazer over short dress
Oversized pink blazer over short dress

You can pick contrasting colored blazer or even go monochromatic so you look chic and sophisticated.

Perfect For Dress Styles:

Trench Coat

Pairing a longer trench coat with a short dress is a genius way of making yourself look taller even if you are wearing flats.

Because there are no horizontal lines except for the dress’s end, you also tend to look leaner.

This is an excellent way to elevate your casual everyday T shirtdress or tank dresses for summer which now you can also wear to work. 

Trench coat over dress

When it comes to the style of trench coat, I would keep it generic. This way you can pair it with many styles of dresses and also with your other outfits in your wardrobe so you can get mote wear out of it.

And if you are thinking of what fabric, cotton blend would be the best. As it will be much more comfortable in the heat.

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