Women's fashion jackets with good fit, classic style, quality fabric, and well-made finishing will last many seasons.p> Today's design diversity ensures that you can find a figure-flattering style and color that is right for your lifestyle.
Spring 2014 features jackets with a boxier silhouette than the body hugging moto jackets that have been popular for a few years.
Ice cream pastels are so inviting, I can almost smell the scent of flowers when I look at them. This trend adds subtle coloration to the cool neutrals that prevailed over the winter.
Other trending colors for spring include a palette of clear hues. Blues run from sea blue to violet shades to calming sky blue.
This year's orange also is more subdued. The phrase, Orange is the new black remains current.
According to Pantone, the source of color news for the design industry, other trending shades are a gray-blue, a clear yellow, deep orchid, a rose shade Pantone calls cayenne, and sand beige.
The blazer remains classically stylish; a smart tweed jacket is a timeless addition to your wardrobe. The variously colored threads in tweed make it ideal for mix and matching with other garments.
Here are the basics:
Avoid horizontal jacket lines. A contrasting jacket-skirt combination emphasizes the widest part of the hips and bottom, if the jacket length is unflattering.
Short jackets look crisp and chic. Be sure slacks or a skirt are cut to conceal unsightly bulges.
A slightly-longer women's fashion jacket can flatter figure flaws.
Slight princess seams give a feminine silhouette.
A completely unstructured jacket may look messy on a mature woman. Be sure there is a good quality lining to add body.
Look for fabric blends with touch of Spandex, especially in cotton or linen jackets. This ensurse a wrinkle-free appearance from morning to night.
Think in terms of cost-per-wearing, when you consider cost.
A well-made jacket will look good and help you project confidence and poise. A cheaply-made jacket may have pockets that sag, loose threads around button holes, and the lining may start to bag lower than the jacket hemline or out of the sleeves.
A well-chosen jacket will span the seasons. It may be worn under a winter coat and indoors during cold weather. Your jacket becomes an attractive outerwear topper in spring and fall.
Sweaters have made a strong showing in recent years as jacket alternatives.
Popular cardigan styles resemble Chanel jackets and flyaway fronts. The ruffled front is starting to fade from the racks.
The long sweater coat can be comfy or chic, depending on what you choose.
Leather is everywhere.
No longer just outwear, ladies leather jackets are available in styles from svelte classic blazer with deep V-neckline to retro bomber. Black remains a popular color.
With luck, you can find a chic suburban belted car coat for office and home, or a city-girl long trench coat.
The leather scuba jacket was named for its close-body fit.
In addition to classic black, interesting colors in ladies leather jackets are cognac (a rich burgundy-brown) and red.
Wear your leather jacket indoors and under winter coats. Then throw it on as outer wear over spring and fall outfits on mild days.
You will get a low cost-per-wear if you shop carefully.
Late winter and late spring are the best times to scoop up sales items for up to 60% off -- if you lucky and shrewd shopper.
I usually find women's spring jackets offer the most exciting and interesting colors. Some of the colors may not transition well into fall and deep winter. You can, for the most part, bring them out again after Valentine's day.
Hand-crafted details on clothing can make old womens fashion jackets new again. Ladies denim jackets are a fine choice for this kind of personalization, as an iconic style for fashion self-expression.
Get out your glue gun or invest in spray-on fabric glue to add eye-candy such as:
If you're handy, painting and stenciling will make a thrift-store find into a work of art.
Unique touches makes a women's fashion jacket special and a pleasure to wear.
Simple changes can make a big difference.
One of the best purchases I've ever made is a black quilted jacket from San Francisco.
My friend warned that Mark Twain said the coldest winter he'd ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.
I did not take this as a serious weather forecast, because Mark Twain is a humorist. I arrived with a suitcase full of cottons more appropriate for Palm Beach than Half Moon Bay.
Touring the upscale boutiques, I spotted a pricey black quilted jacket that was a tad short-waisted and too dressy.
I jumped at the chance to buy a similar quilted jacket that fit better for a quarter of the price at a discount store.
I love it still.
Keep your eyes open for a quilted jacket to add to your closet.
Quilted silk jackets are warm and an item of winter clothing for hundreds of years as super-chic Chinese clothes. Some are embroidered, simultaneously adding a Bohemian touch and polish to your ensemble.
Today's variety of fabrics and fabric blends ensure that you can find womens fashion jackets for every season and climate. What's your choice?
Cotton, wool, linen, silk, wool, bamboo, hemp, Tencel, silk-wool, silk-cotton, and more – ensure we can find womens fashion jackets for every season and climate. Read more about the fabulous textiles that are ushering in a new age of ease of wear.
Take good care of your clothing investments. Here's how:
Air out a wool jacket after wearing.
Get spots and stains professionally cleaned.
Never store a garment for the season without first having it cleaned.
Do not store garments in plastic bags, as this can set stains.
Build a collection of womens fashion jackets in different colors, fabrics, and styles.
Stylish, well-made jackets are like Leggoes -- the building blocks of endless combinations in a well-planned mix-and-match wardrobe. So don't forget to pick up nice blouses and sweaters to complement your jacket investment.
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