Our online shopping habits have gotten out of hand, with our basket piling up with products that we would love to have — but the checkout looks pricier than we expected. Starting from scratch, it’d be nice to be ‘out with the old and in with the new’! But really, all you need is some stylish, staple pieces that can revamp any outfit and suit all occasions. Here is how to make a jacket work for you.
Making a jacket work
The great thing about stylish jackets is that they can go with absolutely anything — making it that must-have wardrobe piece. There are many types out there and it’s up to you which one you wear to complete your look.
The famous blazer
Traditionally made for formal occasions, the blazar can be worn no matter the occasion. It could be an interview, after-work drinks or a night out with the girls.
Forget about the conventional workwear blazer, you can add a playful spin to your outfit by adding a more glamorous blazer for your night out. Think about the types of necklines that are out there. A rounded neckline on a blazer can be paired perfectly with a ‘peter-pan collar’ (flat collar with curved edges) or a scoop-neck cotton top. There are also plunging blazers that nip you in at the waist and accentuate your curves. The options are endless, but whichever style you choose, make sure it complements the rest of your wardrobe.
Tailored blazers can be expensive, so don’t worry about making personal adjustments to look good. Soft tailoring is on-trend this season so unlined and floaty jackets are ‘in’. This type of tailoring is less about straight cut and structured styles and more about drapes and fashionable ease. It also makes blazers more wearable — for example, you wouldn’t feel out of place wearing a waterfall jacket to the office or a restaurant.
Although picking the perfect piece to add to your blazer collection can be difficult. Consider three-quarter sleeves instead of traditional full-length — a stylish alternative to the traditional cuff-linked jacket. For some extra detail, why not look for frilled or frayed sleeves?
Whether you match your blazer with a nice pair of jeans, or some sophisticated suit pants, your office attire will exceed expectations. Or, add some heels into the mix for a dressier look that is appropriate for all fancy occasions!
Dressing in denim
If you want to make a jacket work as a statement with your wardrobe, add a bit of denim! It’s not as dressy as the classic blazer but a dark denim jacket can be matched with a jumpsuit or going-out outfit to complete the look (and add warmth!).
If you want to look good but don’t want to put in too much effort, denim is the perfect alternative. You may feel too formal in tailored trousers and a crew-neck top for a garden party, but add your denim jacket and you’ll fit right in. Even though they usually sit above the waist, this style of jacket pairs nicely with a maxi dress or floaty summer frock.
It’s important to remember that denim is mostly worn throughout summer. But, even if it sits in the back of your wardrobe for half the year, you’re guaranteed to get your wear out of it when the sun comes out — the denim trend is never ending.
A leather jacket
Another trend that comes around year after year is the leather jacket. It’s a classic that can be worn with distressed jeans and a graphic t-shirt or with a patterned dress in autumn. The leather jacket offers an edgy twist to whatever you’re wearing — giving off that biker chick vibe. Team it with distressed black jeans, an over-sized shirt and heeled ankle boots to complete the look.
Make yourself stand out from the crowd by adding a bright leather jacket. Invest in a red or blue jacket to add a pop of colour to a plainer outfit. Because of its thicker material, a leather jacket is most suitable in the colder months — team with a chunky knit scarf and knee-high boots to keep you super cosy.
Styling a jacket this season: how do you do it? Premium fashion retailers and stockists of designers such as Helene Berman, Trilogy Stores, says that soft tailoring is definitely in! Adding a lightweight, comfortable jacket to your wardrobe this season will keep you stylish and up to date with the latest trends.
Do you have top tips on how to make a jacket work for any occasion?