Layering season is almost upon us, so during the Labor Day sales, I ordered a few lightweight jackets and cardigans to try on.
But first I wanted to show you this top from Kettlewell Colours. It has two layers: this fun swingy outer layer, and a longer slimmer layer (which is a bit long for me to wear out, so I like to tuck it in). I’m wearing a size Small in the “Peacock” color.
What I like about the Kettlewell website is that you can narrow options to the colors in your season, or search by color. I’ve found their pieces to be really well made and a good value. Shipping to US is $20, or free on orders over $100, and (currently) it’s not fast, but they really do have a great selection. Returns are also hassle-free.
TIP: I chose this top to wear as a base layer for this try-on session because it’s one of my best colors, which will be a litmus test for the other pieces I’m trying. If they coordinate well with this color, they’ll probably work well with the rest of my wardrobe.
I’m always on the lookout for lightweight jackets in neutrals other than black. The selection is usually good this time of year, and though there’s still a lot of black, I’m seeing a lot of other great neutrals: olive, brown, burgundy, camel, ivory.
I just can’t see myself wearing classic blazers anymore. They feel a bit too buttoned up and well…classic for my style. I’m aiming for casual, but still neat and pulled-together.
Casual Fall Jackets
This little faux leather moto jacket (gifted) from Chico’s is just so good! The fit, the material, everything. It’s offered in both Misses and Petite sizes in Natural Cream, Dark Jasper (which is gorrrrgeous!) and Black. I’m wearing the 0P and the size was perfect. It’s machine washable too! Verdict: Keeper ✅
I also really like this leopard print denim jacket. The print is strong, but it works nicely with the bright top. Chico’s refers to it as Cheetah print, but I think it’s closer to leopard. (Maybe we’ll split the difference and call it “Jaguar…”) It’s offered in Misses and Petite sizes, and I’m wearing the 0P. I’ve since tried it with some darker wash jeans and think it looks better, more balanced. Verdict: Keeper ✅
This “band jacket” from Talbot’s is cute, but I don’t think it’s right for me. It feels awkward worn open, but I know I won’t wear it buttoned up. On someone with a smaller bust, it might drape better. It’s a nice stretchy twill fabric, not stiff at all. I’m wearing the 6 Petite. In Misses, Petite, Plus, and Plus Petite sizes. Verdict: not for me. ❌
I loved the fabric and color of this Everlane chore jacket, but it’s just too long and overwhelming on me. I’m wearing the Small. If I sized down, it would be too snug in the shoulders and wouldn’t button over the hips. Offered in four colors, in Misses sizes XXS to XXL. Verdict: not for me ❌
Don’t let my blasé expression fool you…I really love this Banana Republic utility jacket! It’s lightweight, not stiff, not bulky, and has an elastic panel in the back that gives it a nice shape. And I love the gold hardware! It’s also available in Olive, in both Misses and Petite sizes (some sizes in each color are sold out). I’m wearing the Petite Small. Verdict: Keeper ✅
Sweater Weather 🍂 Ahead
I’m well set for pullovers, but don’t have many light- to mid-weight cardigans or sweater jackets.
I think the Toffee color in this long pleated cardigan (gifted) is yummy! I also like the light weight and pleated fabric, which adds a nice detail. While the Dark Jasper color is offered in both Misses and Petites, this color was only offered in Misses. I think it might be just a little too long for me, but am going to try it with some different pants and see if that makes a difference. I’m wearing size 0. Verdict: still deciding 🤔
If you don’t like big, oversized sweater jackets, you really should try this one. It’s nicely fitted (offered in Misses, Petite, Plus, and Plus Petites) and substantial but not bulky. This “Tortoiseshell” color is a lovely chocolate hue. The button cuff is a nice detail too. While the fit and color were perfect for me, the style leans just a little more classic and “blazer” than what I’m looking for. Verdict: very nice but not for me ❌
Finally, the J.Crew Sophie Sweater Blazer in Herringbone. Here’s what I mean about the color of the top being a litmus test. The beiges/browns in the sweater blazer are a little cooler/softer, and just go drab against the top. If you have cooler or softer coloring, this one might be just right for you! (Sizes XX-Small to 3X.)
I have to say, I didn’t do too badly this round…have three solid keepers, one maybe (which I’ll try with some other combos in my wardrobe to help make a final determination). The rest are being shipped back today.
What neutrals will you be wearing most this fall?