AS I SIT in my office the afternoon after the Great Debate, it’s about 72 degrees outside. This morning it was 80, but in the coming days, the temperature is not expected to nudge past 70. Note to self: I need the equivalent of a spring coat — for fall. Something not heavy, not too warm, preferably not black that I can easily wear again when I’m faced with the same fickle weather again next March and April.
Jean jackets are a terrific way to bridge the seasons. Denim is the idea weight for early fall. But the usual boxy style doesn’t do much to flatter most, er, maturer figures, so select one that tweaks the traditional like Seven for All Mankind‘s collarless version. The extremely popular bomber comes in a variety of fabrics (python anyone?), prints (camo, leopard, floral) and price points. Massimo Dutti’s silky burgundy version strikes a nice balance for versatility and price. For looking chic and tough at the same time, it’s hard to beat a moto leather jacket, let alone Asos‘s version in white.
For a little fall frivolity, trade in your trusty puffer vest from Uniqlo or The North Face for Cacharel‘s oh-so-fun and femme one in fluffy marabou.
— Janet Kelly