These jackets were favourites among the forum members who attended our shopping day in Boston last week. I’ve seen them all in person across a variety of body types and sizes. They are fabulous paired with trousers for business casual, or with jeans for smart casual. Some of the shorter styles work particularly well with dresses and skirts. Be sure to look through all the colour options.
- Elie Tahari Kristina Jacket: It’s a pity that the photo of this jacket on the model does not do the jacket justice at all. It’s a lot more tailored in person and very flattering. The colour is a rich shade of mushroom or taupe. The entire edge of the jacket is tipped with a zipper that does not irritate the skin. The collar also folds down into a narrow shawl collar style. The welted side pockets are ever so daintily tipped with leather. Refined, polished, minimal, interesting and beautifully made.
- Reiss Belmonte Dark Navy Tuxedo Jacket: The fit of this gorgeous ink blue jacket is suited to a rectangular body type with a small or regular sized bust. It’s more of a low stance modern blazer with extra waist-defining seaming than a true tuxedo jacket. Stunningly tailored and looks as good open as it does closed.
- Reiss Fenley Ice Blue Jacket: The fit is similar to the Belmonte and again, well suited to a rectangular body type with a small or regular size bust. It’s a cool toned light blue and awfully fresh for Spring and Summer. Impeccable quality.
- BCBG Lloyd Easy Layered Jacket: A drapey darling in a soft blush. I love the pointed tips of the front lapels and the high back hem. Fabulously boxy, forgiving and lightweight.
- BCBG Noah Floral Lace Jacket: The starkness of the white blazer is effectively offset by the textural and romantic lace insets on the sleeves. I see it matched with faded jeans and slip-on sneakers or flat oxfords to create a fun juxtaposition. Or wear it with oatmeal or light grey trousers and citron shell top.
- BCBG Candice Jacket: This style is for Team Avant-Garde and available in a variety of fabrics and colours. There’s black, blush and dove grey. The high back and low front provide an architectural and arty integrity, while the clean lines from the torso up are crisp. Its boxy fit is on trend. The folded back flaps at the hem in front are an interesting detail that swing as you stride. The side view is a little widening so consider yourself warned. The style works particularly well on a taller lass because of the position of the front flaps. They hang on the crotch when you’re petite, which can look a little odd.
- BCBG Duke Jacket: A cropped zip-front jacket that’s great for a shorter waist. Good for petites. Clean lines and refined back detailing.
- BCBG Brent Jacket: A rock ’n’ roll blazer with neatly slashed sleeves. Looks fab layered over a high contrast long-sleeved shirt or blouse because the colour peeks through the open insets on the sleeves. This warm shade of grey reminds me of a pearlized oyster because of its hint of lilac. It’s also available in black.
- BCBG Tess Striped Jacket: A black non-leather moto with a floral stripe makes me smile. Hard edge that’s laced with feminine fabness. Pretty, fitted and unique.
- Club Monaco Jami Seersucker Moto Jacket: A lightweight moto in a seersucker stripe. Fun and different. Runs small.
- Club Monaco Marcy Chambray Blazer: A bright light blue in a clean-cut blazer style that has no fastenings despite the low stance. It’s cut straight like a tuxedo with bracelet length sleeves. It’s linen, which means you have to be at peace with the crease. Runs small.
- Zara Printed Blazer With Faux Leather Piping: Here’s a fluid jacket for Team Floral that screams Spring and Summer. The simple zip front style with bracelet length sleeves allows the pattern to do all the talking. Runs small and works quite well on petites.
- L.K.Bennett Rosie Leather Small Bag: Not a jacket, but an ultra crisp bag. It’s stunningly structured and quite small for a satchel. Impeccable quality, dressy, and simple in design. It looks as modern as it does retro. It launched me into orbit when I saw it in Boston on the day of the gathering, pairing it with my new dressy white loafers in my head. It followed me back to Seattle as a way to remember our fun time in Boston. The name of the style is “Rosie”, which I didn’t know when purchasing the bag. That makes my new little wardrobe pet even more perfect.