Its Jacket Season…The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Now that we are starting to see temps creeping into the 60s, we can shed the heavy outerwear coats and pack them away for next year…hopefully. It’s still too cool to go full on tank tops and spaghetti straps so it is the time of the jacket (Allelujah). My obsession with jackets, especially the fitted blazer, runs deep and this is the perfect time for them. It’s not too hot and not too cold but you gotta have a little something on. A well fitting jacket can literally shed pounds, tone arms, and transform an otherwise frumpy look in moments. Yeah, yeah, yeah…they are practical, keep you warm, blah, blah, blah. It really is all about how they truly make an outfit. Let’s look at some cute styles and how to wear them:
THE FITTED BLAZER:
This is an absolute wardrobe essential. The blazer is cut on the bias and tapered just enough to flatter without crossing over into the shrunken or cropped jacket we will get to in a minute. This blazer looks best with a skinny jean or straight leg pant and can be styled with a dressy top, tons of bling and heels or an infinity scarf, basic tee and flat boots for two totally different but equally flattering looks. Black is a staple of course, but be sure to branch out into cream, bold color like royal blue and charcoal as an alternative to black to mix and match with your different shades of denim.
THE SHRUNKEN JACKET:
The draped or asymmetrical cut in the front but cropped in the back version of this jacket is adorable on many different body types. Do not be intimidated if you are curvy, you CAN wear this, but it is crucial how you style it. The boyish framed girl can rock it out with a skinny jean and fitted or tucked in tank and her tiny tush looks all the more adorable. Get a fitted top, shrunken blazer and a round bubble bootie and the translation is, well, not so cute. The way this jacket is layered on the bootylicious girl is as follows:
1. Layer over a fit and flare dress. If the dress cinches at the waist with a full skirt, the shrunken jacket is a better option than the fitted blazer above which may run the risk of looking like a business suit gone wrong. The fact that the small waist is accentuated and the curvy backside is a bit hidden is all the more reason this works. If your arms are not tank worthy, this is a perfect way to wear all those cute sleeveless fit and flare dresses you usually pass up.
2. When wearing with a skinny jean or pant with the shrunken blazer, be sure your top does not cling to your backside. You do not need tons of volume either because that will poof out in an equally unflattering way, so opt for a flowy, tunic style with movement that gracefully skims and covers the rear. Be sure it has fitted arms or is sleeveless so it won’t create bulk under your jacket sleeve.
SPRING MOTO JACKET
In lightweight leather and a plethora of spring colors, this seasonal take on the rocker chic staple is a must have! Stick to the styling guidelines above and choose one in a bold color for night and a soft, dusty neutral or white for day. (White also looks pretty hot at night with black skinnies!)
I am not referring to the Michael Jackson over the top, marching band look, but the laid back, army jacket that is so in and so cool. Again, be sure it comes cut on the bias or has drawstring tabs to cinch it in at the waist inside. Simply tie a knot on either side so it does not creep back out as this is not a cute look if it is bulky. We want to look military inspired, not enlisted. (Even our brave women of the armed forces would not opt for a baggy soldier look when out and about town!)
Happy Jacket Shopping!!