Fundamentally Fabulous ~ The jacket

23 August 2013

There is something enduringly chic about a classically cut jacket or blazer, and worn well, it is a piece that offers timeless sophistication.

Navy and black are the favourites, and for this season I am adding white (so chic). This fundamental piece will see you through the seasons. It's one of those incredibly versatile items that can pull your outfit together to create a sharp, effortless and polished finish, whether you are wearing it over a dress for a night out, or pairing it with your favourite jeans, pumps and a tee. 

As always with the essentials, look for quality, cut and fit. For jackets,  pay special attention to the shoulders, (the seam should sit perfectly at the bony part of your shoulders) and ensure it is not pulling across the waist when buttoned up. 

Your body shape will determine which jacket looks best, so know what works for you. For example, if you are petite, a cropped version with a single button will be best for you - try the Saba Kelly Jacket. Curvy? Then look for a jacket with a cut in waist, and ensure it's not bulky or oversized. The Marcs Ponti Crepe Collarless Jacket  is a great option, and the long folded lapel adds a unique quality to it. (If you have a specific question about the best style for your body type, pop your question in the comments section below)

Covered for your basics? This seasons palette offers you some exciting colours and prints, so be playful and have fun with this trend.

Remember to choose the best quality you can afford, and if you have identified a need, or a 'want' to purchase, check these out according to your budget and preferred style;

The Saba Hayley jacket in white. A gorgeous simple cut and the "V" neckline is perfect for creating a long, lean silhouette. Currently on special for $199 this is a fabulous buy.

The Friend of mine Cadillac jacket made from 100% silk, contrasted with leather collar and bindings on twin front pockets, is a jacket that subtly offers a little edge whilst remaining a chic and sophisticated option with enduring style quality. 

The Faith Connexion structured jacket is perfection with it's angular hem and collarless neckline. It's climbing the ladder a little in price at $557, but if you can afford it, you will love it forever. Available on line from Another Love

Witchery have a nice selection this season and this Mini Tux jacket is a cute cropped version of the classic tuxedo jacket. Cropped Jackets are great for layering and also add an element of structure to loose silhouettes. If you prefer a more conservative  style, try the cropped collarless jacket at $130.

Looking for a twist on the classic double breasted jacket? 
Head straight for the Stream of Time blazer by Camilla and Marc. It's beautifully tailored with some gorgeous detailing including a rib inset collar, alternate lapel and decorative double breasted buttoning.  If you like to play with the classics, and can afford the luxury of doing so, then this is a fabulous option for you.

Just like the white shirt and tee, if a navy or black jacket is missing  make it a priority purchase. 
Have a play with various cuts and lengths and don't be afraid to experiment with prints and colours outside the neutral palette if the Navy and Black already hold prime position in your wardrobe. 




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