Outerwear Made For Summer

August 8th, 2014

If you’ve been following Articles of Style, you know that I collect outerwear. It’s by far my favorite category in menswear. The variety of shapes and styles, the intricacy of the designs, the emphasis on functionality…outerwear really emphasizes what we all love about menswear.

One thing we probably don’t mention enough if the seasonality of outerwear. Just like there are heavy coats for those brick cold days of winter, there are lightweight jackets for those cool summer nights.

A summer jacket can really set your wardrobe apart, and give you much more to work with when layering seems difficult. Here’s a few of my favorites that I’ve collected over the years.

Unlined Cotton Trench


This trench coat by Burberry Prorsum (purchased on eBay years ago) is one of my go-to pieces for cool summer nights, whether I’m in NYC or Hollywood.

It’s only one thin layer of very lightweight cotton (almost feels like a shirting cloth), and the light-to-dark Columbia blue gradient screams summer. The best part about this garment is the way it moves and flows, since it’s so light. It doesn’t move like a coat, it moves like a t-shirt.


The photo above is from the early days of Articles of Style, shot almost four years ago. I don’t love to re-use old photos, but it goes to show how lasting menswear can be. I’m still wearing every one of these pieces, and I would wear that same outfit today.

It’s also a good example of summer fabric mixing: cotton trench, poplin shirt, seersucker waistcoat, silk-blend trousers.


White Linen Safari Jacket


A white, or off-white/cream, linen safari jacket can pull together a lot of different outfits. I found this one at a vintage shop for a few dollars and did the alterations myself. All in it was less than $30, which means I don’t have to worry about roughing it up or getting it dirty.


 Black Waxed Denim


A denim jacket is cool, but a little over-played at this point. Look for one in a black waxed denim as an edgier alternative that’s more ‘city’ and less ‘country’. I’ve recently re-discovered this Helmut Lange piece in the back of my closet and I’ve been wearing it plenty for nights out in LA…you know I feel most comfortable in all black everything.

Of course, I’ve already said plenty about the black leather jacket, which is a natural alternative here.


Olive Suede Bomber


As another alternative to the denim or leather, a lightweight micro-suede can be extra suave, without being extra warm. Just like any other fabric, skins like leathers and suedes have weights to them as well. Some are heavy, padded and lined for protection from the elements. Others are thin, lightweight and unconstructed – better for the cooler days of the warmer months.


 Cotton Golf Jacket


There seem to be several names for this style of jacket. Golf jacket, baracuda, racer… Regardless, this style of lightweight cotton jacket with tab collar had a moment of popularity a couple decades ago. This means that vintage and second-hand stores are full of them, in every color, with little branding. I paid a couple dollars for this one and had my NYC tailor Franklin at the Tailoring Room hook it up.


Summer Baseball Jacket


If you’re a varsity jacket kind of guy, here’s a perfect summer alternative. A sporty baseball jacket in a very lightweight synthetic (man made) fabric. Probably one of the only polyester jackets I’ve featured on Articles of Style, but it’s done with such finess. This piece is super lightweight and I love the crispy sheen for summer. Extra points for the white leather trim on the pockets too. Have to show love to good design.


Thanks, as always, for reading. Great content coming up!

Yours in style,

Dan Treapanier

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  • James Wong

    I received my black wax denim jacket from Asos today and I absolutely love it. For anyone interested, it can be found on the link below. It took me a while to find it since it’s described as coated, not waxed and it’s not as shiny as it looks on the site. http://www.asos.com/asos/asos-coated-denim-jacket/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4071110&clr=Black&searchterm=black+denim+jacket&pge=1&pgesize=36&totalstyle=45&gridsize=3&gridRow=1&gridCol=1&r=2

  • Ed

    Quick question – Living in UK where it rains throughout the year (and has currently been pretty warm too) can you recommend a lightweight *waterproof* jacket? I guess the waxed denim one would work, but trying to find something light, stylish, summery and waterproof is fast becoming a pain in the ass. Especially with Autumn on the way and crappy weather fast behind it.


    • AFH

      It’s gone now, but I bought this for 30 quid; http://www.marksandspencer.com/pure-linen-waxed-safari-jacket/p/p22293652. Bear in mind, there’s *waterproof* and *showerproof* – if you really want the former in Summer you probably need to get technical.

    • AFH

      M&S were doing a waxed linen safari jacket this season – it’s a very useful piece, but all gone now.

  • logan

    the safari jacket look is soooo badass. and yeah texas is too hot for anything right now :(

  • Kyle Leon Norville

    I absolutely abhor the summertime, its humid, sticky and overall just a bad time for me.

    As a huge fan of outerwear, (got my whole line-up set for fall) learning that there are fabrics that won’t add to the hotness of summer makes a world of difference. I believe this post has managed to open my mind to the many possibilities that come with outerwear.

    Thank you for creating a new way to think of summertime layering!

    (Still abhor the heat. #AutumnAllDay)

    • Ben

      I lived here in the NY area my whole life and this summer is the first time that you just might be able to wear a light jacket at night when it hit the mid 60s.
      Normally even the lightest jacket is too much to wear in the NY humidity June to August.

  • JoeFromTexas

    Living in Texas, I can’t help but chuckle every time I see the phrase summer jacket or summer sweater. I mean, I used to live in NYC for a couple of years, and I’ve traveled a little bit, so I get why it’s useful and necessary in some regions, especially when the sun goes down. I even have a linen/cotton/ramie safari shacket (only two top pockets) I found for a steal second hand, and a chambray bomber/baseball jacket, but these come out late fall early “winter” in Texas. Great ideas.

    • TO

      I’m intrigued by these pieces you mention Joe, especially the chambray bomber. Where do you live in Texas Joe?

      • JoeFromTexas

        I’m from Houston, but now live in College Station. I have to admit the chambray bomber was an impulse buy, but it was from JCrew Factory on clearance for something ridiculously low. The other was a goodwill find, interesting fabric blend and great in the fall or early winter.

        • Jorge B.

          I hear you brother, I’m in Houston too. It’s still too hot for anything with long sleeves basically. I love these looks, but I gotta wait until that first little chill comes in a month or two. Btw how lightweight is that chambray bomber? I had been meaning to buy it.

          • JoeFromTexas

            very very lightweight, think chambray shirt shaped like a bomber. Nice for fall nights, though I’m toying with the idea of keeping my eyes open for a Mexican blanket and having it sewn in as a liner.

  • Jimbo

    I got a harrington recently from ebay. I ended up paying $40 though. And even though its a small its cut pretty wide and the arm holes are huge. Oh well, thats the risk withe ebay. It also says made in England which I seriously doubt lol!

  • JBells

    The golf jacket look is so on point to me! tailoring casual clothes makes such a vast difference as well

  • TO

    All of these are all amazing spring/summer wardrobe options. Especially great vintage finds- linen safari jacket?! Amazing the stuff you can find in those sometimes dirty, always exciting shops.

  • Frank

    Thank you for going commando.. You’re my make believe straight boyfriend!

    • Jack


    • Bill Parcells

      Commando? No, square. It’s called the “Casual L.A. Summer Power Bulge”

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        Hahaha #PowerBulge

        • Wes

          Dan, what size of the Shilpey & Halmos bomber you wearing here? I’m about 5’11 and 165 and debating what size to get. Also, you think it’s a good value for the price of $90? Thanks!

  • Miguel

    Excellent article, I usually wear my summer blazers when it’s kind of cool but I can try some of this jackets, I have probably two of the ones in the list.