Earlier in the week, I wrote a post about the trendy bomber jackets in this season. They may remind you of the 80s but I’m here today to show how they can worn in a variety of ways: professional, oversized, casual, contrast sleeves, or leather. Vote your favorite below!
This is the time of year when Fall jackets and coats start appearing in stores and it’s no secret that they are my favorite article of clothing! I happily looked through H&M’s current selection and here are my picks:
(R) H&M ZipUp Jacket with sheen
You can get away with wearing cheaper quality clothing in black and these are a great example. The cuts of these jackets are chic and sophisticated and the quality will be less noticeable in black – both priced at $50.
The “it” jacket this year is the bomber. Bomber jackets hit at the waist or slightly shorter and have elasticized waists. They generally have zippers and elasticized sleeve cuffs as well. The collar can vary from moto style, crew neck w/band, funnel neck, or even folded over collars.
Here’s what you need to know about bombers:
1) Fabrics – Bombers come in a variety of fabrics. There’s something for everyone. Leather is typical, along with wool. We’re also seeing lightweight cotton and even silk!
2) Casual options – Bomber jackets are naturally associated with casual outfits. Easiest outfit is to throw on a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and a bomber and you’re ready to go. You can also wear them with skirts and dresses. The shorter, sometimes cropped length, makes them incredibly versatile.
3) Professional options – Because bombers are available in a variety of fabrics, including higher quality like silk, they can be worn to the office! This is an exciting alternative to the typical blazer. I love the look of bombers with pencil skirts – they add bulk and balance out the form-fitting pencil skirt. Slim leg pants or slouchy pants can look fabulous with bombers as well. And of course, they can worn over dresses too!
4) Modern bombers – Bombers are not a new concept but this time around there’s a different take on them. You’ll see many have contrast sleeves, quilted leather versions are also popping up everywhere, and baseball bomber jackets are popular as well. If you want to make sure you’re choosing a modern bomber, look for these touches.
My verdict: I already purchase an office-ready bomber for the Fall. I’m looking forward to wearing skirts and dress pants with it instead of reaching for my blazers! What about you? Will you be on the look-out for a bomber jacket this Fall?
Many of my clients, especially younger ones, are unsure how to choose a blazer. Blazers can seem old, stuffy, and aging if you’re not used to wearing them. The key is to find a modern cut, like the current tuxedo blazers! They typically come in black, white, or white with black lapel, and they have slim lapels with usually 1 low-placed button. Today I’m sharing 4 tuxedo blazer looks to inspire you. Vote on your favorite below!
Taking care of clothes and shoes can be such a bummer – not fun at all! But it really makes sense to look after your wardrobe items to make them last longer, look better, and fit better. One way I stay on top of this is to handle wardrobe maintenance on items that I’m not wearing regularly. For example, I like to take care of Fall/Winter items in the Summer!
What do I mean? Well, here are 2 ways I prepare for the Fall/Winter:
Boot treatment – If you’re buying quality leather boots, you can make them last many years but you have to look after them. Over time, boots get dirty, need leather treatment, and have heel damage. I like to take my boots to the shoe repair shop during the Summer for an overhaul. When Fall comes around, I’m ready with what feels like brand new boots!
Jacket/coat/sweater dry cleaning – Jackets and coats can get smelly, and wool can fuzz up, but during the Fall/Winter I need those jackets and sweaters on a regular basis to keep me warm. The Summer is a great time to take those in!
What about you? Do you plan for the Fall in terms of taking care of your wardrobe items?
This dress is a perfect example of why to shop H&M’s office-attire section. At first glance it’s a plain black dress, but the cut is very flattering, and the eyelet provides an interesting pattern/texture.
Sleeveless dress in olive and denim. The belt adds waist definition but you may want to swap it out for a better quality belt. If you work in a formal environment this might be too informal, maybe nice enough for a casual Friday.