Hi lovely people. I wanted a bit of advice about jackets.

The back story is that I have some lovely light grey wool mix fabric which I bought over a year ago. The idea at the time was for me to make a classic blazer style, but as is often the way, it got left in my stash not made up, because life and work got in the way and other sewing projects took priority. Well, I'm glad I didn't make a classic blazer, because I have come to the conclusion that a classic style doesn't feel like the ideal style for me now. Yes, I know my dressing often skews pretty classic and I adore trench coats for instance, but a blazer can to my eye, sometimes be preppy and also a little rock chic, to name but two of the many style vibes. I just feel like I want something a little 'softer' in style and something that can be perhaps a little 'different' (that's my creative gene coming out) and also a little more casual?

I was therefore wondering about something with less structure (when I say that, I still want a bit of subtle shoulder structure) and perhaps some controlled drape. I won't want to heavily interface it to add stiffness.

So, my first question, is...are jackets with a bit of collar drape still going to be around for a while? Current? Or perhaps it's a style that will stick around, being as draped items have longevity nowadays.

Secondly, It would be great if you could show me photos of jacket styles that might suit my needs that you may have come across as you've gone shopping. Oh, and if I want to wear with jeans as well as slim skirts, what would be an ideal length?

And finally, I was admiring these two styles as possible inspiration...see photos.

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