What I Wore When I Loved Jackets

 Jackets are a fun way for women to change up a basic outfit and make a statement. From denim to moto to military to anorak, dressy or casual, we love them all! They are the ultimate accessory. Come see what I wore when I loved my jackets and get inspired to dive into your own and make new outfits.

Hello, my name is April, and I'm a jacket junkie. If you've been hanging out around here at all, you know I love outerwear. I have A LOT of coats and jackets, and I love to change up my outfits with them. A coat doesn't have to be one hundred percent utilitarian. Sometimes outerwear is truly for warmth and protection from the elements, but I make sure they are still part of my outfit and make a statement. Sometimes jackets are layering pieces that I treat like a cardigan. The lack of jackets and coats is the only reason I dislike summer wardrobes. One of my favorite categories is missing!

Three seasons a year I love pulling out my various coats and jackets to make different statements. I love to buy classics with a unique twist when possible. I always make sure they have a fairly tailored fit so my figure doesn't get lost in there. Since I love to keep them for years, I also avoid really trendy details like a cropped fit, oversized, embroidered, ripped, boyfriend or weird sleeve lengths and washes. Bonus if it's also very stretchy and comfortable. 

Each of these outfits could have been basic and boring without this outer layer, but one extra piece makes the outfit come together.

Are you a jacket junkie too? What is your go-to outerwear in the spring? Let's chat about it in the comments below.

This is another bonus outfit from the Stunning Style Spring Wardrobe Guide. A classic denim jacket is fresh and springy when it's white. It really lightens and brightens the whole outfit. If you love jean jackets, but aren't a fan of the denim on denim trend, a white jacket is the perfect pairing for your blue jeans. 

Jeans. Similar wedges. Similar earrings. Links to similar tee and jacket available in the Stunning Style Spring Wardrobe Guide.

 

This was a day I didn't want a lot of color or detail in my outfit. I kept the column of navy interesting by wearing the shiny navy metallic foil t-shirt. I paired it with a turquoise blue quilted jacket with brushed nickel hardware, and woven silver wedges and statement earrings. Even though my outfit is a monochromatic blue, adding the different layers, sheens, and textures keeps it interesting. If you want to see more on this topic, I wrote a post with 8 tips to be perfectly chic dressed in all black here. The same rules apply to navy.

Jeans. Similar tee here. Similar wedges. Jacket similar here. Similar earrings.

 

This is another bonus outfit from the Stunning Style Spring Wardrobe Guide, but I substituted a denim jacket for the navy anorak. If I had an ideal spring outfit, this would be it. A classic navy and white striped dress, a classic dark wash denim jacket, and silver wedge sandals. Add a bold colored necklace, and the combo just sings. I rolled my cuffs up once to make it a little lighter without being too cold for my arms. I could wear this everyday for just about anything. Errands, out and about with the kids, a casual dinner, a lunch date with a friend, a bridal shower, or brunch. I've had this jacket for probably 13 years. It's the perfect classic dark wash color, and it's so comfortable and stretchy. I love it.

Necklace here (choose the Louise necklace with the magenta magnesite and rhodium metal). Similar wedges. Links to similar dress and jacket in the Stunning Style Wardrobe Guide.

 

This jacket makes my heart beat fast. I recently purchased it during my Vegas shopping trip. A navy leather jacket was at the top of my list of things to find, and after searching for months hadn't found anything worth the spend...until this beauty jumped into my arms. The metallic sheen is so special and unique, but the but and style are still so classic. It elevated this simple t-shirt, jeans and flats to a whole new level. 

Similar tee.  Jeans (I made them bootcut). Similar shoes. Jacket. Earrings similar here.

I love how this fresh green jacket brings to live a simple navy and white striped outfit. Throw in a bold blue purse and it's a great everyday look.

I want to also point out that I was experimenting with a new makeup look this day, and the colors ended up going warm instead of cool. Compare my face to the other pictures on this page. Do you see I look muddy and sallow? If you never saw me any other way you may not notice, but compared to the other makeup looks on this page, you can see the huge difference when I stick to my cool color palette. You can find my makeup tutorials here.

Jeans. Necklace. Links to similar tee, jacket, purse and flats in the Stunning Style Wardrobe Guide.

 

My daughter was baptized last Saturday, and as I mentioned in this post, I wore the blurple sheath dress with my turquoise accessories on her special day. She was so excited and happy. It was super rainy, but a beautiful day for our family. She is a treasure, and we are so glad she is ours.

Blue dress (choose cobalt blue). Shoes similar hereherehereClutch. Necklace similar here (choose the Louise necklace with the turquoise magnesite and rhodium metal).

 

Because we were out of town on Easter, I wore my Easter ensemble a week later. I finally found the perfect pink heels, and I couldn't be more in love. They are so elegant, classic yet a little different, patent, and the perfect sexy-yet-sensible height. Be prepared to see these a lot. So yes, I wore this dress two days in a row, but it was styled so differently, that it felt new to me.

Blue dress (choose cobalt blue). Shoes here. Pink coat similar hereNecklace.

 

 A bold and edgy manicure. Stunning Style

This is the manicure you've seen me sporting this week. I love it.

 

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