3 jackets that are wardrobe staples*
I’m always browsing and often find myself creating an online wishlist to revamp my wardrobe — but getting all new clothes is expensive! It’d be amazing to get rid of all of your new clothes and replace them with super stylish ensembles but really, all you need is some stylish, staple pieces that can improve any outfit and are suitable for any occasion. Premium fashion retailers and stockists of designers such as Helene Berman, Trilogy Stores help me discover the wardrobe essential that you should be investing in: the jacket.
How to wear it
A jacket is definitely a wardrobe essential — it’s easy to style and goes with almost anything – plus it keeps you warm (yes, I am at that age where I wear a jacket out out). There are many types out there and it’s up to you which one you wear to complete your own look.
The classic blazer can smarten up an outfit for different events. It could be an interview, after-work drinks or a night out with the girls.
Some people associate the blazer with workwear, but you don’t have to save it for the boardroom. Think about the types of neckline that are out there. A rounded neckline on a blazer can be paired perfectly with a peter-pan collar or a scoop neck cotton top. There are also plunging blazers out there that nip in at the waist and accentuate your curves and can be teamed with a lace bra-top (maybe best to keep this one strictly out of office). The options are endless, but whichever style you choose, make sure it complements the rest of your wardrobe.
There’s no need to spend a lot of money on a tailored blazer either. 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 style and more about drapes and fashionable ease. It also makes blazers more wearable — you wouldn’t feel out of place wearing a waterfall jacket to the office or a restaurant.
Finding a sleeve size that sits right on your arm can be tricky. Consider three-quarter sleeves instead of traditional full-length — a stylish alternative to the traditional cuff-linked jacket. For some extra detail, try frilled or frayed sleeves.
Wear a blazer with your favourite pair of jeans as well as a smart top and you’ve got the perfect office attire. Swap your office shoes for sky-high heels and you can take your look straight from work to the bar for cocktails with the girls.
A denim jacket
Another wardrobe staple is the denim jacket. 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!)
The classic denim jacket can dress down an outfit whilst remaining effortlessly stylish. You may feel too formal in tailored trousers and a crew neck top for a BBQ but add your denim jacket and you’ll fit right in. I love an oversize denim jacket – they go perfectly with leggings and Converse for Saturday brunch or with a maxi dress for a less-formal wedding or a christening.
Of course, a denim jacket is usually worn more in the summer months. But luckily denim never goes out of style so you’re bound to get plenty of wear out of it.
A leather jacket
Another trend that comes around year after year is the leather jacket (or pleather jacket!). It’s a classic that can be worn with distressed jeans with the addition of printed t-shirts or with a patterned dress in the autumn months. 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.
A leather jacket can be a statement piece too. Invest in a red or blue jacket to add a pop of colour to a plainer outfit. A leather jacket can be worn in summer or winter — team with a chunky knit scarf and knee-high boots to keep you super cosy.
So, how can you style the jacket so that it’s on trend this season? Soft tailoring is definitely in. Adding a lightweight, comfortable jacket to your wardrobe this season will keep you looking stylish – perfect for your Instagram pics.