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10 perks of wearing longer jackets right now

wearing a long blue jacket over jeans on Brenda Kinsel website

A lightweight crinkled fabric is great in a long jacket


March is a perfect month here in the Bay Area to reach for lightweight long jackets. We’re starting to get warmer weather but we’re not in sleeveless anythings yet. The problem many women face in the summer-how to be cool and not show your arms-is many weeks away from needing to be solved. Right now we’re still in long sleeves which happens to be one of my favorite things!

Here are some of the perks of wearing jackets this length, right now.

  1. They provide a long, lean look.
  2. They sit away from the body and are comfortable.
  3. They’re a perfect layering piece for our weather in the Bay Area. You can regulate your body temperature by wearing a long-sleeved sweater under them on a chilly day or if it’s suddenly warmer, wear a sleeveless top underneath.
  4. They create instant polish with a casual outfit.
  5. They can be used to add pattern when you’re wearing a column of color.
  6. They’re a great silhouette over skinny jeans and booties.
  7. They can be elegant when worn with a higher heel.
  8. They are great for people who are more straight than curvy between their waistline and their hips.
  9. You’d never think about sucking in your stomach while wearing one.
  10. They’re so easy to style. Accessorize with long scarves or long pendants, long chains, or a mixture of them all.


This long green very simple jacket by Peter Cohen is getting a lot of play in my wardrobe right now. It’s so lightweight, doesn’t wrinkle, but will feel too warm to wear by June. I love adding it to my new favorite color, orange. I feel happy all day!


wearing a long lean jacket on Brenda Kinsel website

A lightweight knee-length coat is easy to wear in March.


I saw this print dress at Ann Taylor after the holidays, marked down to not much at all. I tried it as a dress with its self-tie belt and looked like someone from a ’50s TV sitcom. It was so not me! But I loved the print so much that I unbuttoned the whole thing and decided to wear it as an open jacket. I tie the belt in the back like you would with a trench coat if you weren’t tying it in front. Because it’s a busy pattern, I just layered a simple chain over my lightweight sweater.


using a dress as a jacket on Brenda Kinsel website

Turning a dress into a lean third piece jacket


My leopard print coat (Dana Buchman) is still getting action. I remember wearing it to Caitlin’s college graduation ten years ago. I keep finding new ways to wear it. It gives my Sunday-runaround-Sonoma outfit some pizazz. I layer chains and my heart pendant on the inside to create a focal point other than the leopard spots.


Leopard print jacket over jeans

Longer jacket creates lots of interest over a column of color


This pearlized leather long jacket with shorter sleeves is by Carlisle. It was originally shown with a sequined slinky sleeveless dress which I did buy. I’ve worn the dress a couple of times but the jacket gets worn a lot! Again, I love adding it to a jean outfit. It makes me feel dressed-up casual.


wearing pearlized leather jacket on Brenda Kinsel website

Perfect weather to wear my cropped sleeved leather tunic length jacket


What do you think? Are you a candidate for a jacket like this?


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  • Reply
    Lisa White
    March 3, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Love these jackets on you! Most of my jackets are not long, but I was always drawn to the long sleek lines of the type you have styled here. I am petite. To carry this off I would have to wear heels…which is not a problem. I love the leopard, but I think I would …because I am 5’2.5 inches (I am clinging to that .5 inc)h…need a more monochromatic look? These jackets do provide a long, lean line which is beautiful and striking. If i keep a solid column underneath, do you think a petite frame could carry off a contrasting jacket? You look fabulous!

    • Reply
      March 3, 2016 at 6:22 am

      Lisa, I absolutely think you can carry this off at 5’2.5 inches!The blue crinkle one I’m wearing is a great example of what you’re talking about. The monochromatic look and the fact that that jacket has all the crinkles without having all the weight makes it easy to wear. I very often stick to a solid column of color underneath and then add textured or patterned jackets, long or short, on top. I’d say try it! The dark green jacket was actually longer by about five inches and I had it shortened to this length. So you may find that tweaking the hemline a bit will help you find that sweet spot. And if you can add heels, well all the better!

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    March 3, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Love the brainwave to try the dress as a jacket, Brenda. I can never find enough print jackets and there seem to be endless amounts of print dresses. I’m going to give that a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      March 3, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      You are so welcome! I considered posting a picture of me actually wearing the dress as a dress but decided no one needed that image in their minds! Good luck!

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    March 3, 2016 at 8:52 am

    This is my favorite look. I agree that long jackets such as you are wearing elevate my usual uniform of skinny jeans (denim and black) and slim tops to a much more polished and elegant level. Unfortunately, I have a slew of great but too short jackets that I wore when I was 15 lbs. lighter. I am now on the hunt for some great ones to replace those. Thanks for these wonderful suggestions!

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      March 3, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Well, this type of jacket will be a style transformer for sure and will make you forget all about those 15 pounds! Have fun!

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    Bess Nathan Rice
    March 3, 2016 at 10:20 am

    great looks BK! I especially love the pearl-white leather one! These are really great photos of you!

    • Reply
      March 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks, Bess! That one is getting a lot of mileage right now. It will be too hot to wear in June unless it’s to foggy SF.

  • Reply
    March 3, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I just found your blog and love your look! I live in Seattle, am 56 and retired several years ago to blog full time. I am mostly at home, cooking and have fell into the yoga pant rut! I need to fun-up my wardrobe….so glad I found you!

    • Reply
      March 7, 2016 at 7:29 am

      I love that phrase, Kathi: “fun up my wardrobe.” I just may have to write a post on how to fun up your wardrobe! I hope you’ll find some inspiring ideas here and on the Tips & Teasers Facebook page. I’m glad you found me! Welcome!

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      March 7, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Oh, just have to add that I went to your blog and it’s fabulous!!! I hope you don’t mind if I share it here: http://www.laughingspatula.com
      I just printed out the 100 calorie Double Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes for myself and emailed it to my friend whose favorite meal is dessert!

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    Nancy Madlin
    March 4, 2016 at 10:13 am

    It’s inspiring to see you looking so good in those jackets– I especially love the green and orange combination! … I have a pretty navy blue and white kimono style chiffon-like robe that would make a cool topper… Maybe now I’ll have the courage to wear it, maybe start around the house…
    “Love reality” and “wear what you love” — yes, wonderful words for March. Thank you!

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    Deb Kitchener
    March 20, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    I am 5 ft 9 and love wearing long jackets to accentuate my height and distract from things I don’t like so much:)

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    Phyllis Sattler
    January 21, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Love your blog. I’m 54, but feel 34. I love your clothes but also your shoes. The black ones in the first pic, I’ll be keeping an eye out for them.

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