Apr 04,2008 00:00
If there's one wardrobe staple that is a must-have for chilly spring days and nights, it's a jacket. Those sheer floral tops, tanks and camisoles just don't quite do the job. Let's face it, goose bumps are not attractive fashion accessories any time of the year.
Most of us need at least one or two jackets we can count on - and often even more - for work, for play and for dressing up. If you can find one jacket that is versatile enough to do all three, then you've really got a winner.
This spring the newest jackets are definitely on the shorter side.
Here's the spring lineup of toppers that will give your wardrobe instant style:
- The cropped jacket: The shorter "shrunken" looks are all fashion favorites this spring. In fitted one-button silhouettes or more slouchy, loose and swingy trapezes, this is a jacket that can easily go from casual with a T-shirt to dressy with a frilly blouse.
- The collarless jacket: Another ladylike style that complements this year's ruffle tops and tie blouses. Usually in a little longer length, the collarless jacket is a stylish frame for bold necklaces, too.
- The luxe parka: Take a shorter sporty windbreaker, add a silky fabric in a rich color and you've got a chill chaser that will dress up anything you wear from jeans to a cocktail dress.
- The jackets with sleeve details: Whether it's a puff-sleeved jacket that is belted, or a short bolero style with three-quarter (bracelet) sleeves, these spring jackets can make an outfit. They're also a great "cover-up" layer for a sheer printed dress or tunic.
- The shorter trench: Always a classic, the trench this spring is still going strong. You'll find this basic dressed up in soft metallics, bold colors and sophisticated neutrals. There's a trench for every occasion.
- The cardigan sweater jacket: Next to the trench, this soft solution to spring's breezy days and nights is always a classic way to top it all off. The latest looks have been updated with extra details like delicate beading, glimmering sequins or unique buttons.
- The belted vest: Another way to add a little something to the top for spring. In lightweight knits or linens, the vest, especially if belted, adds a modern touch of feminine masculinity to any outfit.
- The short jacket tip: Don't automatically skip wearing a shorter jacket just because you feel like you have a few figure flaws you'd rather cover up.
If you need to "hide" fuller hips and thighs, layer a longer length tee or tank under the shorter jacket. Coordinate with the color of your pants or skirt for a more flattering slimming effect.
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.© Copley News Service