The day I purchased a pair of white loafers with primary color stripes down the sides, colored polka dots spotting the top, and a stringer of beads pulling the entire shoe together, I knew I had a sense of fashion that strayed slightly from the norm.
I loved those shoes and wore holes in them. Despite the fact that FringeMom sometimes disagrees with my fashion choices and FringeMan thinks I own a jacket that makes me look like a sunflower, I feel I’m qualified to talk style with you today.
After all I’ve watched 389 episodes of What Not To Wear and Clinton Kelly is following me on Twitter. That’s gotta count for something!
I’d like to introduce you to my best friend today. She is The Jacket.
She hides my extra pounds, slims me down, and pulls me together. People often say that I look put-together. Of course I take this as a compliment and credit my jackets. I own 6 jackets in varying neutral colors. I’ve collected these through the years and they range in style from starchy to fun.
I believe the jacket is an item that works for women of all weights and shapes. A good jacket with nice slimming lines that highlight your waist will instantly take 10 pounds of your body. Who doesn’t want that?
Just be sure not buy those eighties/nineties style long blazers with shoulder pads that rival the NY Giants padding. You don’t want people to tackle you upon first sight.
I absolutely love this jacket. You can purchase it at Kohl’s for under $25. I’ve tried it on countless time; however, I already own a great denim jacket and can’t justify another. Notice the great lines in the band at the waist…slims you down even when the jacket is open. You can also throw it in the washer and dryer.
Pair it with kacki pants or a printed cotton skirt and a cute top and you’ve got a great outfit. Very pulled-together.
You can also purchase this jacket at Kohl’s, but it’s a little trendier and won’t be in style forever. Having said that, I think adding a few inexpensive trendy items to your wardrobe keeps it fresh and young. I love the color and collar on this jacket.
My last pick from Kohl’s on sale for under $25. The nice thing about Kohl’s is that you never need to pay full price. Everything goes on sale if you can be patient for a week. I like how this jacket cinches at the waist and the collarless collar is great.
This is one of my favorite jackets. I like pleats just above the bust and love the ruffles. It’s a little pricier and can be found at Ann Taylor Loft.
This is another fabulous jacket. It’s definitely at a higher price point and can be purchased at White House Black Market. You can wear this with shorts, jeans, or skirts. A great choice for summer.
Now I want to talk to the women out there who are sitting at home with a couple of kids, no cash in their pocket, and a lousy, outdated wardrobe. I really believe you can look good at any price point. It just takes more work if your budget is small. I recently picked up two great jackets at a thrift store for under $6 each. One had the tags still on it and the other jacket was gently pre-loved and from the Gap. I adore both these jackets and you would never know they came from a thrift store.
So if your budget takes you to Nieman Marcus or Target, go get yourself a jacket. You’ll be glad you did.
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