Is there a difference between a jacket and a coat?
Yes, there is, even though these terms are often used interchangeably.
Quite simply, coats are heavier and typically extend to the hip or longer, while jackets are generally lighter and stop at hip length. However, many styles blur the lines between coats and jackets. Consider denim, bomber, and biker jackets, which vary in length but generally hit around or just below the waist for both men and women. In contrast, coats, such as puffers, trench coats, dusters, and pea coats, fall much lower, ranging from mid-thigh to well below the knee.
This longer length allows them to function as more substantial outerwear.
Let’s Look At Some Styling Tips For The Cropped Jacket
Cropped jackets never really disappear. They offer versatile and chic options for various outfits & can be the key piece to a capsule collection.
Here’s a few tips on how to make the most of this trend & particularly for petites, those who have a balanced body, or those with a long body/short legs.
1. Proportional Balance: Dressing in the thirds through our outfits is more aesthetically pleasing – cropped jackets work beautifully with dresses and high-waisted bottoms & will achieve this.
2. Layering: Pair a cropped jacket with a longer top or blouse to add dimension to your outfit. This layering effect can create a more interesting and fun look. This is a great way to wear uneven amounts of fabric as we look better when we’re dressed using the 60/30/10 rule – i.e jeans 60% top 10% & jacket 30%.
3. Defining the Waist: If you have a defined waist and long torso, cropped jackets are perfect for accentuating your waistline. Opt for styles that cinch or tapper in at the waist for an even more defined flattering look.
4. Monochromatic Outfits: Wearing a cropped jacket in a monochromatic (different shades of the one colour) outfit can create a sleek and elongated appearance. This is especially effective with darker colours under a lighter jacket creating the ‘column of colour’ – an effective elongating principle.
5. High-Waisted Bottoms: High-waisted jeans, trousers, or skirts pair excellently with cropped jackets. They not only complement the shorter length but also add to the overall proportion, making you look taller & legs longer.
6. Avoiding Bulk: If you have a larger bust, steer clear of cropped jackets with breast pockets or heavy embellishments, as these can add bulk bringing unnecessary focus to the bust area.
7. Casual to Formal: Cropped jackets are versatile and can be dressed up or down. For a casual look, pair with jeans, cargos or trackies and a tee. For a more formal occasion, match with a dress or tailored trousers in similar fabrication & texture.
8. Bold Statements: Don’t be afraid to choose cropped jackets in bold colours or patterns that really reflect who you are. They can serve as a statement piece in your outfit, adding a touch of personality and flair. Wear a level brightness in your jacket to match your natural level of brightness/colouring.
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