Layering outfits in our tropical weather is not entirely impossible. However, to prevent a heat stroke, we’d suggest that you swap the wool coats for a lightweight jacket instead. But why layer at all? Doing so not only adds more oomph to your outfit but also adds depth and form through the play of different textures and colour combinations. Test it out for yourself with our outerwear picks made of the lightest and most luxurious fabrics.

Club Monaco
Club Monaco Hadarahh linen blazer (Photo credit: Club Monaco)
Club Monaco Hadarahh linen blazer (Photo credit: Club Monaco)

Club Monaco designed this relaxed jacket in a blend of lightweight linen and flexible viscose to suit the summer. The jacket adopts a classic notched lapel look featuring front welt pockets and a single back vent. Its airy and breathable material makes it great to layer over any blouse or top, completing your look with a touch of sophistication. Also, wearing a slouchy silhouette and oversized form gives you ventilation with a more comfortable fit.

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Pleats Please Issey Miyake
Pleats Please Issey Miyake Mannish pleated jacket (Photo credit: Pleats Please Issey Miyake / Club21)
Pleats Please Issey Miyake Mannish pleated jacket (Photo credit: Pleats Please Issey Miyake / Club21)

Styles from the Pleats Please Issey Miyake line are durable and known for their lightness. This azure pale blue Mannish jacket embodies the pattern of a suit jacket while featuring the brand’s signature pleating technique. Deferring from the usual corporate suit look, the jacket’s light yet malleable form sculpts to create an ultra-feminine silhouette while making it a chic layering piece in comparison to other lightweight jackets during the summer.

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Pinko
Metallic jacket in technical lamé material (Photo credit: Pinko)
Metallic jacket in technical lamé material (Photo credit: Pinko)

For girls who are looking at an edgier streetwear layering piece, this Pinko shiny gold jacket is your answer. Constructed in technical gold lamé fabric, this outer jacket is waterproof and stretchy, complete with a light laminated finish all around. This stylish shimmery look also showcases sporty details like a centre zip fastening and adjustable drawstring hem. It exudes an overall luxe street look when you layer with this jacket.

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Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen Duo tone light wool silk jacket (Photo credit: Alexander McQueen)
Alexander McQueen Duo tone light wool silk jacket (Photo credit: Alexander McQueen)

Steering away from conventions, the two-tone Alexander McQueen is designed for the modern and feminine woman. With the top half of the suit made in cotton candy pink and the other half in black, this piece is the embodiment of classy femininity. For one, its lightweight silky texture definitely feels luxurious. For a cocktail or formal event, finish your look with fitted black pants along with a statement clutch for a dash of style.

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Simone Rocha at Net-a-porter.com
Simone Rocha ruffled tulle trench coat (Photo credit: Simone Rocha / Net-a-porter.com)
Simone Rocha ruffled tulle trench coat (Photo credit: Simone Rocha / Net-a-porter.com)

This double-breasted Simone Rocha trench coat made in tulle is specially designed for layering. You can throw this coat over another piece of outerwear for extra texture or wear it over a summery look to create a refreshing new silhouette. Apart from other lightweight jackets, this piece is made fully in lightweight beige tulle, which makes this fashionable coat 100% breathable — an important note to get you through the heat in style.

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Burberry at Matchesfashion.com
Burberry drawstring hem jersey trench coat (Photo credit: Burberry / Matchesfashion.com)
Burberry drawstring hem jersey trench coat (Photo credit: Burberry / Matchesfashion.com)

Known for their classic trench coats, Burberry redesigns a relaxed version of one of their classics. This coat retains its recognisable beige hue but is crafted in a stretchy, relaxed fit viscose material. When worn belted, the coat resembles a draped dress while featuring cascading waterfall point lapels and ruched drawstring hem.

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Josiah Chua
Fashion Director
Josiah is the Fashion Director in charge of styling shoots and writing the fashion pages. On his days off, he locks himself at home designing and sewing up a collection in preparation for his label's runway debut.