Let’s face it, I’m pretty much through sharing winter fashions here at Dressed for My Day. I know I have many readers – myself included – who still have a lot of winter ahead of us. That said, I think most of us are pretty set on winter outfit formulas and how to style a sweater and jeans. Ha! If not, check out the videos I linked there. But from here on out I’ll mostly be sharing tips for getting your wardrobe ready for spring. And today I’ve got a fun 2023 fashion trend to try: lady jackets.
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All that said, lady jackets are a completer piece that you actually can probably incorporate into your outfits now, if you so choose. Most of these Channel-esque jackets are long sleeved and made of somewhat substantial fabric. So, especially if you want to wear the jacket over another top, you could easily wear it in cold weather. I expect we’ll see some lighter versions pop up in the coming months, too.
I’m sharing three lady jackets today, but the pink and ivory one from Talbots (shown right above) is already sold out. In fact, I’ve discovered that these feminine sweaters/blazers don’t stay on the racks very long in general. This is one fashion trend that has definitely gained traction fast.
So what exactly is a “lady jacket?” I’ve already dropped a few hints, but here are some defining characteristics. You’ll usually note these features in a lady jacket:
- reminiscent of Channel suit jackets
- often made with a boucle tweed or other nubby textured fabric
- generally boxy and hit at the waist or above (cropped versions)
- usually have a few buttons down the front, often in gold, silver or other “fancy” fabrication
- often include patch or flap closure pockets, sometimes as many as four
- sometimes collared, sometimes not
- have distinct feminine vibe to them, whether in coloring or other details
- sometimes have fringe, braiding or other trim
- frequently include shiny threading or even sequins
- sometimes in plaids; other times solids with big, contrasting trim
Like many things that “trend,” lady jackets have indeed been around for years and are really quite timeless. But they are, as we say, “having a moment” currently, making them a very fashion-forward choice to add to your wardrobe and wear enthusiastically.
You will see some lady jackets sold as sets or at least you’ll notice some have a coordinating skirt or dress. But until I see one with a longer skirt than shown above in the photo from J.Crew, I’ll be wearing my lady jackets one of the three ways I’m sharing below.
See, I do believe that, because these are jackets with a history, we older women will want to choose how we wear them carefully, intentionally. If we just pull an old one out from the back of our closet and wear it with a navy pencil skirt, navy hose and pumps we’re going to look older and like we’re wearing something old…instead of something new and modern. That’s often how it is with these trends that resurface from our past. We have to choose to wear them in a more modern way.
By the way. Let’s just pause and clarify that you can do whatever you want with your lady jacket. I’m just offering my two cents. I have researched this a good bit, and I’ve put a lot of thought and analysis into it. But in the end, you do you! And I’ll think you look gorgeous!
How to Wear a Lady Jacket and Look Modern…Not Old
So here are my tips for wearing a lady jacket so that you look on trend, contemporary, current, with it…instead of old. Hahaha! Like I said, take this for what you will.
Wear a Lady Jacket with Jeans
The easiest way to truly look modern in a lady jacket is to pair it with modern denim.
If you will wear modern jeans – either straight legs or more relaxed fit (other modern details like raw edges and fading only if you want) – then you can wear everything else that is very traditional and classic, but still look current. There’s just something about the juxtaposition of this somewhat formal looking lady jacket with jeans that looks very current. So while it may seem counterintuitive to you to create a pairing like this, trust me. You’ll get compliments from the younger women in your life when you wear this combo.
Wear a Lady Jacket with White Jeans (or other neutrals)
As we move into spring and summer I think we can especially enjoy wearing lady jackets with our white jeans. But of course you could also wear a lady jacket over natural, grey or black jeans. The point is to keep your jeans neutral or natural so that the jacket can carry the day.
Basically, the trend right now is to wear this Channel reminiscent jacket in a more casual, relaxed way. So using it to top jeans of any kind is going to be on trend.
Wear a Lady Jacket Open or Buttoned Up Like a Top
Above you see that I wore the lady jacket (TTS) buttoned up like a top. I actually have a tank (similar) underneath, but it’s just for security. On the other hand, below I’ve unbuttoned the lady jacket and created a column of white underneath.
I do think you have to choose your lady jacket accordingly if you want to wear it as a top. But they’re really quite versatile. Another way I could have worn the lady jacket here would have been to put a coordinating light blue tank or tee underneath. I just ordered this one in rose and I think it will work nicely under my pink lady jacket up above. And the harbor blue would probably look nice with this J.Crew lady jacket right above.
You also may have noticed that some lady jackets are more sweater-like than others. But all of the ones I’ve tried on have been very soft and pliable, not rigid like a typical blazer.
By the way this lady jacket and these jeans (size down) are both 30% off with code SHOP30. The jacket also comes in ice pink orange and it fits true to size. And those white slim boyfriend jeans are my new favorites. But I sized down to a 29 for a very comfortable fit. The denim is nice and thick.
Wear a Lady Jacket with Classic but Modern Slacks
Finally, I do think you can wear a lady jacket with more formal or work appropriate attire. But I think this is where we have to get really careful lest we end up looking a little dated. I think the key is to wear solid trousers that are classic but have a modern silhouette.
And notice I’ve also worn other modern, trending elements, such as my ankle boots, my chunky chain necklace and even my modern pearl bracelet. And I’ve kept the outfit very minimalist other than that eye-catching lady jacket.
By the way, I love these black trousers (TTS) from J.Crew. They feel great on and really stretch and move with you. However, they do pick up lint pretty easily, so they are not a good match for this rather fluffy ivory and black lady jacket from Express. Isn’t it pretty, though? I think this one is so very classy. And it’s marked down, too.
I do think you can wear a lady jacket with a skirt, but I think it’s a little more likely to look old-fashioned without some careful thought. Maybe add some very modern footwear and jewelry. And, like I said earlier, we will be seeing lady jackets that pair with coordinating skirts and even dresses. But I just haven’t seen any yet that are long enough for my taste.
So what do you think? Will you try the lady jacket trend? Or maybe you already have one in your closet. Is it a new one or one you have had for years?
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