Ladies, this is the final segment for integrating plaid this autumn in 2018 – casual jackets, blazers and coats.
Bomber jackets are the it-girl fashion piece. With sports-luxe fashion amalgamating athleisure with street style popular on the runways, a plaid bomber is the perfect garment to elevate your closet.
Bomber jackets are so versatile, so play it up with plaid print, embellishments and material. Bombers come in all textures, ranging from chic silk for a more polished look, to oversized military cuts with bold collaring and shoulders.
Whilst bomber jackets are more suited to straighter figured women because of the straight cut or collarless feature, curvier women should forgo heavier materials and brighter prints, and instead choose smoother fabrics such as silk to flow over the silhouette. A more form fitting bomber jacket is a great layering piece.
Plaid coats can seem daunting, simply because of the amount of print emblazoned on you. However, I believe they are an autumn/winter essential. A statement coat is the perfect finishing piece. Plaid provides personality to a garment that is usually kept simple in both colour and print.
When choosing the right coat for you, consider:
- collar design
LENGTH & FITTING:
Women falling into the rectangular, apple or inverted triangle figure category should select a coat with a longer length (below thigh), with a masculine appeal. The longer length draws attention down, and the masculinity tames the broad upper body.
Curvier women falling into the pear or hourglass figure category should select a more tailored coat that features a tie waist or cinching. This ensures that your curves are not hidden by the bulkiness usually associated with coats. Any length coat is appropriate, but consider matching the coat’s shoulder breadth to your hip breadth to create balance.
First and foremost, women with straighter figures should avoid shoulder pads at all costs. The last thing you want to do is accentuate the broadest part of your body. Tuxedo or collarless coats are the perfect choice.
For curvier women, avoid straighter collar cuts and collarless coats. Choose dramatic collars such as double breasted or wide lapels to ensure attention is drawn up.
TIP: Forego furs with plaid, and tie in your look with a scarf instead.
styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal
I wanted my plaid coat to have all the attention with this ensemble, so I paired a simple full sleeved black top featuring elegant button detailing on the decotage, with a vintage cream wrap skirt. I finished the look with a pair of nude, kitten keeled, crocodile textured pumps and a classic IWC watch. To tie in the nude, cream, black and white, I went with a natural lip colour and simple studs.
Coat: boutique | Skirt: Vintage find from mum’s wardrobe | Top: Target Australia | Heels: Supersoft by Diana Ferrari | Watch: IWC | Earrings: Lovisa | Lipstick: Burts Bees
BLAZE ALL DAY
This season on the runway, plaid blazers featured bold colours with softer patterns. Conceptually, choosing the right plaid blazer applies the same formula in terms of length, fitting and collar style as coats. The main difference is choosing a pattern and colour that works for you.
Powersuits are all the rage, but who says power suits have to feature traditional blazers and trousers? I created a power suit by pairing a jumpsuit with a chunky belt and wide leg, with a light print plaid blazer. I tied in the look with sophisticated silver earrings, classic black pumps and a berry lip to create drama.
Jumpsuit: Forecast | Blazer: Forecast | Heels: Corelli } Lipstick: Burts Bees | Earrings: Lovisa
This brings us to the end of the plaid series. Keep an eye out for all the details on the next autumn/winter trend your wardrobes simply cannot miss!
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-Salonee and Simran