For the last few years, it’s been all about the cropped, shrunken, boxy, and bomber jacket styles. I prefer longer jackets, and am happy to see longer, more shaped, “boyfriend” and menswear-inspired styles making a strong appearance again.
A jacket can be a great way to make a simple outfit look pulled-together. To avoid the “top half of a suit” effect, I like to mix a tailored jacket with more casual pieces, and wear it open. You can also add some feminine touches like a silk blouse and statement earrings to keep the look from skewing too masculine.
A Glen Plaid is always classic. (Reviewers recommend sizing up on this style.)
Here’s a budget-friendly option in a soft pinstripe, and linen blend fabric.
And this subtle houndstooth print would be a versatile wardrobe addition. If you’re hesitant about double-breasted styling, I’ve found that wearing the jacket open with a column of color and/or some longer necklaces to create a vertical line mitigates any widening effect. A softer fabric with good drape also helps.
If you like tweed, but prefer a less-tailored style, this one’s a lightweight cotton-linen blend that’s perfect for milder days.
This jacket in Plus strikes a nice balance between and easy shape and classic plaid fabric.
Do you wear blazers or jackets regularly? What styles do you prefer?