It's about that time for another compilation of our favorite, the Online Shopping List. The fashion focus today extends to the outer layer of an ensemble...
When you think of Spring/Summer, you usually don't think of jackets. Unless of course, you're me. I have an obsession with this outer layer and have for years (I blame the first Burberry jacket I tried on at a Neiman Marcus sample sale). My obsession does not discriminate against seasons. No Sir/Ma'm. For me, figuring out how to work a jacket into any fashion equation (it's not too much of a challenge mind you, unless we're breaching ninety degrees in Dallas) is a constant question floating through my mind at any given moment. If you could take a peek inside there (good luck with that), you'd probably also see the, "what's my purpose in life?" question floating around in there as well. Yes,I can delve a bit deeper than surface level people. I love a good Deepak moment just as much as the next spiritual guru-wannabe.
For now though, it's all about those gorgeous layering options on the outside. Cue: eight of our top jacket picks for the season. From a classically unclassic Cavalli print to a clean, bright white pick from Zara, you're getting a little bite of everything.
Time for a quick body type recap...
When it comes to working with what's best for your body type, it's all about balancing out proportions. When it comes to jackets, the same guidelines hold true (note: I used the word guidelines because there are several factors when it comes to what we wear, no one fruit or shape is going to cover it all, but it will give you a strong fashion foundation to build from).
Knowing what to wear it one thing. Knowing how to wear it in a way that works for your body type? Well, that's something else all together. It's also a question that is the basis of the StyleShaker styling business. Let's get down to it:
To my Apples, my inverted triangles of the bunch, a good call when it comes to jackets, since you want to minimize the bulk on the top half of your body, is to go with smaller lapels and shoulders. No shoulder embellishments or pads for you. Think about pockets, drape-front jackets with gathering at the hem, and back-pleats. It's all about drawing the eye away from your shoulders and possibly bust, and balancing out your top with your bottom. V-necks are your friend as well so use that as a layering piece back to the jacket for added elongation.
Hourglass ladies, go for a peplum any day of the week. Cinch, gather, wrap, whatever you want to do, just make sure you emphasize the smallest part of you, the waist. That's going to be key. You can usually work with almost any silhouette and add some cinching action to make it work for your body type. Keep everything structured and not draped or loose and flowing. Oh, and try out a statement necklace to add some 'oomph' to the neckline as well.
Rectangles, you too can work with a peplum. Anything that has built in contouring and seaming is your friend. Your goal, should you choose to accept it, is to create definition at your waist where there may not be much currently. Easy, peasy. That said, a belt is not your best bet, that will only draw your eye to the part of the body you want to slim SO, use the top and bottom half of the ensemble to create volume, thereby making your waist a bit more defined. Go with a low rise pant or a drop-waist tee/dress under the jacket, use a billowly, loose blouse for added volume on top, and use your accessories to your advantage with a pair of statement earrings.
Finally, last but certainly not least, my Pear people. Ok well Pears, it's all about minimizing the lower half and doing so by emphasizing what you're working with on top. For fuller Pears, a great way to do this is with a solid wrap dress. If you're smaller at the bust line, don't go in this direction though. You're goal is to make your shoulders look a bit broader to balance out those curves below. Jackets should definitely hit no lower than the widest point of your hips. Above that is fine. Actually jackets are an amazing tool for you because they give you that added layer of volume and structure on top without going bulky. Cap sleeves are also your bestie since they help make your shoulder stand out.
There you have it, pick your body type, pick your jacket, be on your way looking and feeling confident with what you have on. Love that.
Keep the shopping momentum going strong and continue on to the StyleShaker Closet where our team edits down our top picks and lines them up along the virtual shelves every week. This is where you can really dig into whatever you happen to be looking for. It's the perfect shopping starting point:
While you're at it, there's always time to get some more inspiration in: