Now that it has started getting warmer out – or if you are lucky enough to live in a temperate climate, all year round – your wardrobe’s best friend is a lightweight jacket that you can throw on over anything that works both indoors and outdoors.
Safari Jackets – While this style has been a classic ever since Yves St. Laurent did it first, it has been updated in many different ways (and price points) since the original. We like this Plenty by Tracy Reese version (above); it would look great with everything from classic denim to skirts and tailored dresses. Plenty By Tracy Reese 4-Pocket Safari Jacket, now $215
Heavyweight Blazers – Depending on the temperature where you live, a blazer of some type can be your best friend. Plus, they make every outfit look more polished. This navy Temperley jacket might seem pricey at first, but the amount of wear you’ll get out of it is more than worth it. It can polish up a pair of jeans or work well over a cocktail dress, or anything in between. Temperley London Millie Plain Jacket, $1173.13
Track Jackets – These are more casual than most options, but with the current ath-leisure trend going strong, they can be a great everyday choice. Try pairing them with the unexpected – while they look excellent with jeans or yoga pants and similar work-out clothes, something like this classic black and white Adidas jacket can work surprisingly well with leather or coated denim too. adidas Superstar Track Jacket, $50
Moto Vests – Okay, so this one isn’t exactly a jacket, but a motorcycle vest (whether it is real leather or a substitute like coated canvas or vegan leather) can turn any outfit up a notch. Something like this Kooples leather vest would look good over anything from a basic t-shirt and jeans or an evening gown if you want to get really alternative. The Kooples Leather Moto Vest, $795
Band Or Military Jackets – These tend to make a statement on their own so they work best with more basic pieces. Skinny pants, jeans, ankle boots, or even a pencil dress all work well, especially this one by INC International in classic black. INC International Concepts Zip-Front Military Jacket, now $78.99
Cropped Jackets – No one makes an elegant jacket quite like Temperley, and this black merino wool jacket is certainly a perfect example of an investment piece. It’s the perfect way to show off a tiny waist. Temperley London Marino Cropped Jacket, $1025.33
Okay so, sometimes jackets are necessary. But weather aside, a well-cut jacket can upgrade any outfit to the next level, plus it’ll keep you warm – which is important if you live anywhere that isn’t the tropics!
– Jacqueline Zenn
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