Short of jacking in your job and moving to the Med, there are few surefire ways of staying both dry and stylish for summer. This is Britain, after all – a country where even the briefest of sunny spells is usually punctuated by a heavy shower or two. So yes, you do need a jacket.
Here are four lightweight options, each with their own unique selling points. Which one will you go for?
Waterproof? No. Showerproof? Pretty much. A denim jacket isn’t built to withstand biblical rain, but it’ll see you right if you’re caught in a brief downpour between the bus and the pub. And you’ll look excellent.
The humble bomber shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon – largely thanks to designers and brands updating it with the latest materials and refinements. Its clean, athletic shape makes it ideal as an extra-light layer for summer.
Robust and versatile, this is the kind of outdoorsy jacket one could wear to chop wood (or do whatever it is outdoorsy guys do). But it’s also a smart option for summer, as it can be carried through to autumn with the addition of a scarf.
This one’s a no-brainer. It has a hood, which means you can keep your hair in check. And it’s light, which means you can shove it in your backpack and forget about it until the downpour arrives.