A short jacket is one of those items you MUST have in your closet. In today’s article, let’s discover how to wear a short jacket and where to buy some great short jackets in stores now.

Why should you wear a short jacket?

Short jackets come in all sorts of shapes and variations. Some are classic like the collarless Chanel jacket with a high neckline.

Then there are the variations on that jacket with lower necklines or collars added.

Also very popular are the bomber jackets which come in all kinds of fabrics and styles.

And then there are the really wide short jackets or the opposite of that short tighter fitting jackets.

Here are just some of the advantages of a short jacket

  • A short jacket is the pPerfect layering piece;
  • If you have no defined waist these can suggest a waist as the jackets often end at waist height;
  • For those with shorter legs they can improve your 1/3-2/3 silhouette as they shorten the proportion of the torso while putting more emphasis on, and lengthening, the legs;
  • They are comfortable!
  • A short jacket in a stretchable fabric can easily fit in your bag, so it’s easy to put on or off.
  • They keep you warm (very important for someone who gets cold quickly like me)

Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.

How to wear a short jacket – styles for you to try

Chanel style jacket

A true classic. A love affair was born when Chanel discovered Scottish tweed.

Her jacket-cardigan hybrid first appeared in her collection in 1925. Since then, a Chanel collection simply wouldn’t be a Chanel collection without this style of jacket.

Thankfully, unless you have a Chanel-budget, it has spawned a million copies and inspired countless high street pieces.

Chanel style jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Anne Klein twill fringe jacket

The beauty of this style is that you can wear it over a dress or just over a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. It adds instant elegance.

Cropped twill jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Alice is wearing a Chanel-style jacket over a fabulous textured skirt (or dress) which looks fabulous. I love the mixture of styles. Check this similar piece here.

Short denim jacket

Another style classic, but with a much more casual vibe is the short jean jacket.

I love a denim jacket for its versatility. You can wear it over a summer dress to transition from the warmer months into fall but it looks equally good with skirts and pants.

Cropped jean jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Eileen Fisher cropped denim jacket

Cropped denim coat ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Petra wearing a dark wash cropped denim jacket with a midi skirt and on-trend bag. Here is a similar piece you can check out.

Black cropped jacket 

A black cropped jacket could be a smart alternative to a longer-length blazer.

Black cropped jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Ming Wang collared crop jacket

short black jackets styles | 40plusstyle.com

Monika wearing a cropped black jacket with a beautiful abstract-print midi skirt and white tee. You can find a similar piece here.

Cropped blazer

A blazer tends to come below waist length and sit on your hips. But, this may not necessarily be the most flattering option for you.

If your blazer stops at the widest part of your hips, it may just emphasize this part of your body. A shorter blazer which either emphasizes, or creates the illusion of, a waist could look better on you.

Play around by trying on different lengths.

Cropped blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Doublju cropped denim blazer

Cropped blazer styles | 40plusstyle.com

Sandra looks stunning in a metallic cropped blazer. You can check this piece here for a similar look.

White cropped jacket 

You don’t just have to stick with black when it comes to classic options. A white jacket will also have longevity which will see your through season after season.

Plus, you may well find that white is a better option with some of your spring and summer clothing.

White cropped jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London crop jacket

short white jackets styles for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Stella Carakasi easy breezy jacket

Cropped white jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Gitte wearing a cropped white jacket, which looks fantastic paired with her black tops and boots and dark pink shirt. Get a similar jacket here.

Cropped faux leather jacket 

A moto jacket is another classic piece that you can be sure won’t date no matter how long you keep if for.

You could opt for a moto jacket in black, or go for a different shade in either autumnal or pastel colors.

Cropped faux leather jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop crop faux leather moto jacket

Cropped faux leather jacket styles to wear | 40plusstyle.com

Patricia wearing a black moto jacket. She has teamed hers with an on-trend snake print dress. Copy this look with this jacket here from Levi’s.

How to wear a short stretch jacket

A snug jacket in a stretchy fabric is also a great choice. If they are lightweight, they are easy to pack and their snug fit while closed can be very flattering.

stretch moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Blanc Noir moto blazer

Here is my own short jacket, worn on a recent trip. You can find a similar piece here.

How to wear a short Jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Knit moto jacket

Pink cropped jacket

If you have a romantic style personality, you may love a short jacket in a softer shade.

You could wear this over a floral dress, or over a pair of jeans and tee.

Pink cropped jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Michel crop rider jacket

Cropped pink jacket styles | 40plusstyle.com

Cheryl topped her jumpsuit with a shocking pink cropped jacket. Check out this similar piece here.

Short leather jacket

Here is a leather jacket is a softer shade than black. It would look lovely with other neutrals.

Crop suede jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Blank NYC suede trucker jacket

Cropped suede jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Karen wearing a cropped suede biker jacket from AllSaints. She teams her brown jacket with a white pleated skirt and snakeprint scarf.

Red cropped jacket

A bolder option for you to try could be a red cropped jacket. I think this would look lovely worn with a pair of black pants and a white top.

Red cropped jacket | 40plusstyle.com

HyBrid & Company cropped blazer 

Cropped red jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Hallie wearing a cropped red cardigan. Here is a similar piece you can check out to get her look.

Cropped bomber jacket

Bomber jackets can be a good option if you are looking for a more casual style than a blazer.

You could wear over a plain color dress or just to dress up your pants and t-shirt.

bomber jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Mojessy floral bomber jacket

bomber jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Jude matching her pleated skirt and sneakers with a printed bomber jacket for a casual look. You can get a similar satin black jacket here.

Cropped jacket for dresses

If you love wearing dresses, but you either don’t like to show off your upper arms, or you need a bit of extra warmth, a cropped jacket could provide the answer.

Cropped jacket for dresses | 40plusstyle.com

Teewana chiffon bolero

Cropped bolero over dress | 40plusstyle.com

Kimba tops of her dresses with a cropped bolero. Here is a similar pink bolero you can try on your dress.

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More examples on how to wear a short jacket

Many women feel that short boxy jackets can be unflattering as they surrender the waist.

But they are ideal for layering and if you do that the right way, can suggest a waist and create a great silhouette.

Natalia (below) sent in a great example to illustrate that.

striped jacked on green base - how to wear a short jacket | 40plusstyle.com

This outfit works really well too creating a nice silhouette for a great casual chic look.

short jacket over striped dress | 40plusstyle.com

And Here is another really nice layering example by Lorraine.

short tweed jacket paired with jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Are you ready to shop for a short jacket?

If you don’t yet have a short jacket in your closet, why don’t you give the short jacket a go! 

Test in the shops which jacket would suit you.

With or without collar?

Very wide or more fitted?

High or low neckline?

Short or long sleeves?

It all makes a difference on how well these jackets look on you.

Then start playing with proportions and layering. Try it out in the shops and see how it works for you. Let me know in the comments below.

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