They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and the same thing probably goes for judging a girl by her jacket—except when she’s wearing one of fall’s fabulous decorated, embellished, boldly-patterned look-at-me jackets. With one of these pieces you can turn a minimalist outfit into a statement look, and throw one on to easily transition your summer clothes for fall. Get inspired by the way Florence Welch, Kylie Minogue, andTali Lennox have built outfits around their jackets.
Tip #1: Menswear basics and a patterned jacket create a statement suit.
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Florence and the Machine singer Florence Welch borrowed from the dandies when she put together a statement suit for an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Wear a blazer with a colorful geometric pattern—like Welch’s look-at-me embroidered silk jacket with tangerine fringe sleeves by Etro—with cropped black tuxedo pants. She incorporated feminine details like the bow at the neck of her cream blouse and her multi-colored block heel sandals.
1. Lumiani Eliza Sandal – $48.99; 2. Thakoon Blazer – $955; 3. Lauren By Ralph Lauren Catlin Slimming Cropped Trouser – $140; 4. Topshop Knitted Geo-Festival Cardigan – $92; 5. Jaeger Pussy Bow Blouse – $220
Tip #2: Make any look luxe with brocade and embellishments.
Kylie Minogue jet-setted in style at Heathrow airport wearing an ultra-luxurious brocade jacket by Dolce & Gabbana in a rich gold with collar embellishments. Baroque styling is a huge trend for fall, and a brocade jacket is one very wearable way to try it out. Minogue went high class all the way, with a panama hat, gold sandals, and cat-eye sunglasses.
1. Miss Sixty Jirmy Trousers – $125; 2. Topshop Co-ord Embellished Crop Jacket – $190; 3. Dolce & Gabbana Metallic Silk-Brocade Jacket – $1,899; 4. Monsoon Pease Blossom Sandal – $105; 5. J. Crew Panama Hat – $58
Tip #3: Pair stripes with biker boots for a punky result.
British model Tali Lennox worked a youthful look outside ITV studios—she took an all-black outfit and turned up the drama with a bold jacket covered in vertical black and white stripes. Stripes are always in fashion, and worn with chinos and navy, this piece could easily be reworked into a nautical look. Paired with heeled biker boots, though, the results are punky and just tough enough.
1. Boohoo Wendy Striped Chiffon Blazer – $30; 2. Vince Silk Peasant Top – $240; 3. Boohoo Lara Striped Blazer – $50; 4. Zara Antik High-Heel Ankle Boot – $129; 5. Raquel Allegra Silk Chiffon Skirt – $445