Discover the Summer Menswear Staple

It may be hot out, but sometimes there's just no getting around wearing a jacket. Here are the best styles of the season, with some ideas for how to wear them.

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With summer in full swing, guys everywhere are shedding layers in an effort to beat the heat. But one of best ways to upgrade your style this summer is an unlikely one—adding a layer of clothing.

There are more blazers than ever to choose from this summer, inspired by everything from glam rock to prep school to classic pajamas. Even better, all these styles feature lightweight fabrics and minimal lining, which makes them easy to wear on even the hottest summer days.

A laid-back (and inspired) take on styling a summer blazer, spotted at Pitti Uomo, the biannual menswear trade show in Florence, Italy, in June 2016. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images
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Read on for five of the season's key styles, including advice on how to wear them!

The Prep School Jacket

1. Grosgrain-Trimmed Sport Coat by Thom Browne, $1,990, barneys.com. 2. Slim-Fit Plaid Cotton Shirt by Beams Japan, $260, mrporter.com. 3. Stretch Selvedge Slim-Fit Jeans, $50, uniqlo.com. 4. Hawthorne Slip-On Standard, $78, seavees.com.
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School may be out, but the prep school jacket is definitely in this summer. This blue-blooded staple has popped up on runways everywhere, but our favorite came from Thom Browne—the reigning king of immaculate tailoring.

How to Wear It

Resist the temptation to go full Dead Poets Society. A plaid Oxford shirt, slim-fit jeans, and slip-on sneakers will bring the jacket right up to date.

The Navy Hopsack

1. Hopsack Blazer With Gold Buttons by Gant Rugger, $650, gant.com. 2. Plain-Knit Sweater, $26, zara.com. 3. Pima Crew-Neck T-Shirt, $21, armaniexchange.com. 4. Wallabee Maple Suede Boots, $140, clarksusa.com. 5. Large Floral Dock Shorts, $50, jcrew.com.

The navy hopsack blazer is another mainstay of American preppy style. (What's hopsack, you ask? It's a type of weave that is textured but lightweight, making it perfect for warm weather.) Gant Rugger gives this classic an elegant summer tune-up by cropping the proportions and slimming the body, but the stamped gold buttons and large pockets keep it true to its East Coast roots.

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How to Wear It

Pair this blazer with a lightweight sweater and floral shorts. Bonus points awarded to anyone stylish enough to kick around in Clark's Wallabee boots this summer—they're a great option for guys seeking something a little different.

The Rock 'n' Roll Look

1. Nedvin Silver Filigree Blazer, $287, tigerofsweden.com. 2. Small Pyramid Cuff, $375, eddieborgo.com. 3. Max Copp Black Jeans, $240, acnestudios.com. 4. Distressed Cotton T-shirt by Saint Laurent, $390, mrporter.com. 5. Studded Leather Belt by Saint Lau

This version of rock style is of the more minimalist variety, employing a monochromatic color palette and sleek European tailoring for a look that's svelte and subdued. The smart fit of Tiger of Sweden's blazer will attract the right kind of attention during a night on the town.

How to Wear It

Minimal accessories, like a studded belt or a metal bracelet, will stand out against a simple black T-shirt and jeans. Cuff the jeans a few times to show off a pair of black leather lace-ups, like this Givenchy derby style.

The Sleepy Option

1. Bee Jacquard Pajama Jacket, $2,360, gucci.com. 2. Track Tank Top by Calvin Klein Jeans, $71, farfetch.com. 3. Microstripe Cotton Shorts, $23, originalpenguin.com. 4. Authentic White Canvas Sneakers, $50, vans.com.

Pajamas have made their way from the bedroom to the runway, thanks in no small part to the celebrated louche-thrift revival under way at Alessandro Michele's Gucci. This pajama jacket is a splurge, but if you're feeling adventurous, it's a great way to get in on a trend that shows no sign of slowing down.

How to Wear It

Loose-fitting, airy summer basics will maintain the laid-back spirit of this jacket—and a tank top and plain shorts are the perfect way to offset its boldness.

The Work-to-Play Blazer

1. Lightweight Skinny-Fit Blazer, $150, topman.com. 2. Medallion-Pattern Canterbury Handkerchief by Thomas Mason, $85, barneys.com. 3. Slim-Fit Indigo Chambray Shirt, $185, ralphlauren.com. 4. Calfskin Belt With Silver Buckle, $328, brunellocucinelli.com.

Topman's lightweight sport coat is perfect for summer Fridays: it looks sharp in the office, elegant in the evening, and is versatile enough to shine in the varied activities of a long summer weekend.

How to Wear It

Moleskin jeans and a denim chambray shirt add texture to this look while maintaining a clean color palette. A casual leather belt and leather monk-strap shoes are appropriate for the office but stylish enough to wear out on the weekend too.

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