We love a statement jacket at SoSensational. Cyndy and Jan believe that for them and for all fashionable older women, a jacket is their friend as well as being the foundation of every stylish wardrobe – and for spring/summer as well as for autumn/winter.
For an older woman, a jacket is our friend because it lends an air of authority to even the least formal garment.
Also, a jacket allows us to wear a sleeveless dress or a sleeveless top, but still cover our arms because, as we have previously noted, our upper arms seem to go a bit (or a lot) flabby after a certain age, no matter how slim we are and no matter how many hours we spend in the gym. And a jacket belongs, it doesn’t look like an after-thought…
Because a jacket adds cachet to an outfit, making it (and us) look properly finished whether we are dressing for a big occasion or a Flat-White with girlfriends.
The Leather (or suede) Biker Jacket remains a key look for the upcoming season, but so are fabric jackets, which is good news for when the weather turns warmer and leather and suede could make us overheat! Whether you need a jacket to wear with a pair of jeans or you need a jacket to attend a wedding or Royal Ascot, the way to go this season is a trophy jacket or a Statement jacket!
By which we mean something bold, very possibly embellished and very possibly in a print. But whatever fabric, colour or print you choose, key style pointers for S/S16 include well-defined shoulders (that is a silhouette which very gently alludes to the 80s but is not on the scale of ear-tickling Dallas/ Dynasty shoulders).
When choosing your jacket, do keep in mind that colours don’t have to match – they can clash; colours or prints which clash are very on-trend.
The main point of a trophy or statement jacket is to wear it for everything; not keep it for special occasions. Don’t save it to pair with just a smart dress; wear it with a pair of scruffy jeans or a denim midi skirt; the more glam your jacket, the more of a counterpoint it is with jeans and trainers – also very on-trend!
Jacket Style tips
- If you are curvy – and do keep in mind you can be a size 6 and curvy (it’s not a euphemism for Plus-size) – a waisted or cropped jacket with curved edges will be more flattering in a fabric that drapes well. Just take care to ensure the hem doesn’t sit on the widest part of your hips.
- If you are a straighter shape, a long, straight jacket, cut straight at the hemline, will be more flattering to be worn with trousers or a knee length skirt. Best to avoid long jackets AND a long skirt, unless it is a maxi. Firm, structured fabrics will be favourite.
- A jacket collar should reflect your face shape. If, like Cyndy, your face is very angular then go for a very angled collar or for notched lapels. When the jacket is done up, it will look better if the neckline forms a V. If like Jan, you have more curves to your jawline, then rounded lapels will work best for you.
- Do keep in mind that a short jacket, perhaps bought to go over a dress or skirt can also work with jeans or trousers if you treat your jacket as a layering piece. Just ensure that your wardrobe contains at least one longer layering piece which tones with your jacket.
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