Fall is finally here and with it a whole pile of trends in the world of workplace-wear. But few pieces will ever live up to the suit jacket in office apparel importance. While the right jacket can create a pulled-together, crisp look in seconds, the wrong jacket (think: poorly fitted, too-long or too-short sleeves and drab colors) telegraphs Willie Loman faster than you can say "but I do know a tailor!" Start this season off right by adding an important investment piece or two to your work attire by choosing jackets that look on-trend today, but will more than pay for themselves in longevity and timelessness. Think if this as your mini guide to choosing just the right jackets that you'll love to wear this year, and pull out of the closet for many years to come, plus how to wear each piece perfectly.
The Tuxedo Jacket
The Classic Tuxedo Jacket with its angled lapel and two buttoned closure is making a come back from the runway into the workplace. On the runway this piece is worn unbuttoned and usually paired with a dressy blouse. This jazzed-up jacket looks best with fitted trousers or a mid length pencil skirt. The color of choice for the season is of course black.
These manly jackets are inspired by men’s wear and sport old-school flair, with their long cut sleeves and body lengths. The pronounced lapels, shoulders, and single- and double-breasted designs make them ideal to be paired with any skirt or a loose trouser. If you want to get even more stylish try pairing this jacket with a patent leather peep toe ankle boot. On the runway this guy attire is worn with a feminine chunky belt to accentuate curves. The best part is the color of choice; anything goes as long as it is a darker more saturated color.
The Fitted Jacket
Of course the trusty fitted jacket is still in style as always, but with a twist. You can find this jacket in black and white wool tweed, or a creamy white, which can be perfectly paired with any fitted or loose trouser. Although the button amounts and lapel width vary, it is obvious that this jacket wants to be buttoned up at all times to show off your sexy curves.
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