This ensemble was inspired by Zara’s ink blue plush embroidered jacket that looked incredible on my client last week. Wear it open to create a vertical line down the centre front of the body for a streamlined visual effect. Combine it with a longer length tunic, flared or straight crops, a waist-defining belt, and booties. On trend, cosy and making use of new outfit proportions.


I’ve put together an outfit like the inspiration photo, as well as a pastel version in blue. Feel free to use any colour palette.

Here are the components of the outfit: 

Cropped Pants: Choose a pair of flared or straight cropped jeans or pants. Make sure that the colour and wash works with the rest of the outfit.

Tunic: Choose a long pullover or top that creates the right layers for the look. An assortment of necklines will work. 

Belt: Wrap a belt around your waist for structural definition. Keep it low contrast to the top for vertical integrity. This works especially well when you are long in the waist and/or have a defined waist. LEAVE OFF the belt if you are very short in the waist or apple shaped. 

Plush Topper: Layer a short faux tur topper (in a solid or pattern) over the lot and leave it unfastened to showcase the layers. 

Footwear: High-shaft booties are a slam dunk, but so are Winter pumps, or heeled loafers. 

Accessories: Finish off the look with a bag that tickles your fancy, and perhaps a brooch on the jacket. Add jewellery, watch and eyewear as desired. 

Substitute the short plush jacket for another style of short textured jacket if that’s more your thing. I’ve created tonal looks here, but feel free to go high contrast if that’s your style.

Ensemble: Cropped, Belted & Plushed

About seven years ago, I created similar high-contrast outfits with full-length jeans and extended sleeves. Some might remember this blast from the past, when my style was more maximal.