With jackets there are a lot of styles to choose from. Black is often the big color of any season because it goes with most other colors and we think it is the most slenderizing color. (More on that in another blog post) You have so many color options, why limit yourself to black?
Why not choose a couple of jackets in your best colors? From there, pick professional style and a casual style that fit your body and your personality. (Look in your closet first) It is important to consider your body shape when wearing jackets. If you’re not comfortable in some of today’s shorter jackets and find yourself trying to pull on yours to make it longer, consider a longer jacket – perhaps one that is mid-hip. The goal is to feel great.
Now, the fun begins.
Here’s an exercise you might enjoy: take your jacket/s to your favorite clothing store, gather some shirts and blouses in colors that are in your color packet or that you know you look great in. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a couple in patterns or materials you might not normally choose. For fun, try a couple of colors in the same color lines as your instinctive favorites and grab a couple of scarves too. Try them all on with
your jacket. On a limited budget, pick one fancy blouse and one plain because
you can dress them both up or down with the creative use of accessories.
Now that you have an idea what jacket/s you want to wear this winter season, you’ll want to consider what to wear with them. They look great with skirts, dress slacks, shift dresses, jeans, or corduroys. Look in your closet first. That black skirt that isn’t your best color, might be the perfect match for your tailored camel-colored jacket and now you can wear that scarf with the same camel, some black, and a touch of red your aunt gave you a couple of birthdays ago.
It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to look and feel simply beautiful.
If you’re not sure what you have will work and want a style consultation, contact me. I’d enjoy showing you the options you have with the clothing you already own plus give you a couple of suggestions for new pieces that will give you more style options.
Jill Swanson, Image Coach, Speaker, Author of Simply Beautiful Inside & Out, and creator of Simply Scarves and Simply Closets.
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