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.
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.
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.
Black cropped jacket
A black cropped jacket could be a smart alternative to a longer-length 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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is my own short jacket, worn on a recent trip. You can find a similar piece here.
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.
Short leather jacket
Here is a leather jacket is a softer shade than black. It would look lovely with other neutrals.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
This outfit works really well too creating a nice silhouette for a great casual chic look.
And Here is another really nice layering example by Lorraine.
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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