The best wardrobe staples are those that balance form and function. For this reason, several jacket styles are an excellent (and necessary) addition to any woman's closet. For every style, lifestyle, and body shape, these jackets and coats are the perfect addition to your outerwear collection.
From the versatility of a trench coat to the sophistication of a tailored jacket, read on for the five essential jacket styles that every elegant wardrobe needs and tips for properly styling them.
1. Trench Coat
Trench coats have been a wardrobe staple for decades for plenty of reasons — they are versatile, timeless, and incredibly practical. Not only do they look good on everyone, but they add an aura of sophistication to every outfit. For this reason, you want to opt for a classic style in a neutral hue that you can wear for years to come.
A trench coat is a fantastic addition to every wardrobe as they complement so many ensembles and can be worn for almost every occasion. One of the easiest ways to style your trench is by pairing it with high-waisted dark jeans, a feminine blouse, and heels. This outfit is ideal for when you want to look polished, as the trench acts as an elegant cherry on top. Consider adding the trench coat to a sweater and loafer outfit or over a floral dress for a slightly more dressed-down option.
2. Denim Jacket
A good denim jacket can serve as the base for a variety of different outfits. Additionally, this jacket style is perfect for layering as you can use it to add warmth when required, but it also isn't too heavy. You can use a denim jacket as a layering piece to make getting dressed easy and practical throughout the seasons. Luckily, denim jackets are another timeless option. At this point, they are always going to be stylish.
When looking to purchase a denim jacket, you have seemingly limitless options. Ideally, your first option should be something that can be worn with a variety of outfits, from your designer top to your favourite dress and even a T-shirt. From there, you can pair your denim jacket with almost everything. As a material, denim looks lovely with virtually all other materials, from cotton to silk, leather, and even more denim. Similarly, your denim jacket can be worn with graphic prints, bold colours, and even your athleisure wear.
3. Tailored Jacket
Every professional woman needs a tailored jacket that can help her embrace her superpowers. A well-made jacket will act as a transformative garment in your wardrobe as it will fit right in with your office wear while also upgrading your more casual outfits and completing your evening wear. In order to reap these benefits, your tailored jacket should fit like a second skin. This means that it should be fitted across the shoulders while not being too stretched. Additionally, the hem should reach your hip bone, and the sleeves should go to mid-thumb.
On a day-to-day basis, style your tailored jacket with your everyday jeans or shorts and T-shirts for a polished yet comfortable outfit. Additionally, wear your tailored jacket over your mini or maxi dresses for an elegant look. Plus, this style of jacket can be worn with tailored pants and long skirts for the office.
4. Duster Coat
Take a page out of Amal Clooney's wardrobe and treat yourself to a beautiful duster coat. This coat style is long and fluid, enabling it to swipe the floor in a glamorous way. As it isn't too heavy, a duster coat is ideal for all seasons and climates. To ensure you get the most wear out of it, look for one in a neutral colour that can be paired with everything else in your wardrobe.
You can wear it by itself when you are heading to meetings or underneath other jackets when you need more warmth. Whether your ensemble is sophisticated or casual, bright or neutral, for daytime or nighttime or appropriate for the beach or the office, your duster coat will make it look more sophisticated. Style it with heels, flats, sandals and sneakers, and you will see the range that this style offers.
5. Leather Jacket
Putting on a perfectly fitted leather biker jacket is a surefire way to look cool instantly. When choosing one, you first want to pay particular attention to the silhouette as the shape is going to be the most crucial factor in determining the versatility and wearability of the garment. Similarly, consider the hardware, texture, and embellishments. There are so many variations of denim jackets, guaranteeing that you are going to find one that fits your personal style.
In an elegant closet, you want to pair your leather jacket with feminine pieces, such as a midi skirt, shirtdresses, or jeans and a blouse. For a sleeker look, a waist-cinching style works well with a button-down shirt and a wrap skirt. However, keep in mind that many leather jacket styles work well with almost any ensemble, from your workout clothes to jumpsuits and the most casual T-shirt–and–leather-pants combination.
Final Fashion Thoughts
Wardrobe staples are integral to any woman's closet because they are the foundation from which you can create all outfits. As you are going to wear these pieces repeatedly, you want to ensure that you are purchasing high-quality garments that can stand the test of time. Additionally, these pieces should fit you perfectly and make you feel your best whenever you put them on.
In addition, having a well-curated collection of closet staples will make getting dressed every day infinitely more effortless as you will have less decision fatigue, and you will know that everything works for you. Invest in these pieces, and you will be rewarded for a long time to come.
What do you think are the most essential jacket styles that should be included in an elegant wardrobe? Do you have any of the above on your wishlist, or do you have your eyes on something else? Share with us your thoughts and any additional insights you may have in the comments below!
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