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.
- They provide a long, lean look.
- They sit away from the body and are comfortable.
- 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.
- They create instant polish with a casual outfit.
- They can be used to add pattern when you’re wearing a column of color.
- They’re a great silhouette over skinny jeans and booties.
- They can be elegant when worn with a higher heel.
- They are great for people who are more straight than curvy between their waistline and their hips.
- You’d never think about sucking in your stomach while wearing one.
- 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!
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.
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.
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.
What do you think? Are you a candidate for a jacket like this?