Wardrobe Staple: Jackets

March 23, 2009

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Wardrobe Staple: Jackets

With the clocks changing next weekend, it is nearly time to dump your winter coat for another year and turn to a lighter option of wearing a jacket instead. Here is a quick guide to this wardrobe staple. Read on to find out if your style is biker, blazer or bomber. The whatshewears.ie team urge you to choose your jacket with your figure in mind, not a specific trend.

Biker Jacket

Once the style associated with burly Hells Angel’s types, the black leather motorcycle jacket, with its sharp collar and industrial-looking zipper is now showing its feminine side. This look is a bit rock-and-roll, yet still a classic and a wardrobe staple  that is always in fashion.  The biker jacket is such a versatile piece to own – it can be mixed in so many ways to achieve different looks.

For evening wear, biker jackets don’t have to be worn with denim – it can give a sexy edge to your going out dress without covering it up.

For day time, wear your biker jacket with jeans or a day dress, black opaque tights and bright pumps.  Biker jackets are great for festivals too – start planning your Electric Picnic outfit now!

WSW tip #1: Make sure to find one that is fitted and the length should be right at the waist or just slightly below.

WSW tip #2: Choose classic black and let the jacket be the focus point of your outfit, no need to accessorize with bangles or necklace.


A blazer can upgrade day wear or office wear, can be added to a flirty dress and looks smart with a sharp pair of trousers.  If your style is more jet set, choose a blazer.  You can achieve a grown up, European look by wearing slim jeans, flat pumps and a smart blazer.

In general, blazers make a great cover-up solution for spring or summer.  If you’re unsure about skinny tailoring a la Kate Moss, a neck scarf can soften this style for you. So if you want to look effortlessly polished; look no further than a blazer. Luckily, the shops are full of blazers at the moment so you’ll have no trouble finding one you like.

WSW tip # 3: Choose a blazer that is cut shorter and narrower than a suit jacket. If you’re feeling even more confident, roll up the sleeves.

Bomber Jacket

You may have seen plenty of bomber jackets last autumn and winter . This laid back style is another key piece that pretty much stays in fashion year in year out.

There are a lot of shades of brown bomber jackers out there, tan being the most popular. A tan coloured bomber jacket can be worn with high waisted flairs to get, a cool, retro look but note that  this colour doesn’t always suit Irish girls. Luckily there are bomber jackets in black, navies and even grey. Oasis, River Island and Urban Outfitters are great shops for bomber jackets. Orlando Boom, pictured here, is wearing a bomber jacket under his leather jacket; I guess it must’ve been cold that day?

WSW tip # 4:  Bomber jackets are usually cropped, showing off a higher waist and giving full visibility to long legs (if you have them!). Not so good on shorter gals who, if they wear high platform heels, can pull this off.

Shown right, River island jacket (€160)

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7 Responses to “Wardrobe Staple: Jackets”

  1. Fabian Staie Says:

    This was a great article, i got alot out of it. I’d like to add your news feed to my biker site at http://www.bikerunity.com but cannot find it, do you have one available? I’ll return later for your reply. Thanks


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