Whether you choose denim or a classic tweed, a cropped jacket goes with just about anything underneath. Hitting just above the waist — sometimes a little higher — this style of jacket easily accompanies a dress, jeans or skirt. Pay attention to proportions for the most figure-flattering finish.
A colorful blazer look, leather moto style or textured boucle fabric all exist in cropped-jacket form, and all work equally well with jeans. For a long and lean silhouette, pick a pair of skinnies with a long top that hits a bit below your hip bone. Opt for a fitted tank or cami for the most streamlined approach, or choose a flowy top to camouflage any hint of a tummy. Top with a tailored cropped jacket to add flattering definition to your upper body.
So Many Skirts
Skirts team beautifully with cropped jackets, particularly when the skirt is mid- to high-waisted and defined. Opt for a sleek pencil skirt and cropped tweed jacket, or play with hard-and-soft contrasts with a tiered or ruffled skirt and a tough leather jacket. Keep the tops underneath fitted and add a belt if you need more waist definition. For a flirty vibe, rock a short fit-and-flare or swingy A-line skirt; tuck in a cami or tee and top with a cropped jacket.
The column-shaped shift dress is a perfect mate for a cropped jacket; the jacket lends a waist-defining focal point. Rebecca Greenfied at LuckyMag.com recommends choosing a shift with a midthigh hemline, noting that “the short length will offset its roomy shape and lend a dose of sex appeal.” Opt for a structured jacket fit, but keep the cut just boxy enough to prevent the shift’s fabric from interfering with the dress’ columnar line. Finish the look with heels to elongate your legs.
Breezy Maxis and Jumpsuits
Break up the line of a head-to-toe look with a cropped jacket. Start with a tapered ankle-length jumpsuit in a neutral hue and top with a bold jacket; for a nautical look, rock an all-white jumpsuit with a navy jacket and gold accessories. Finish with strappy heels or wedges for an extra long line. Alternately, get your boho on with a printed maxi dress and a cropped denim jacket. Finish with earthy accessories and a fringed leather bag.
References and ResourcesInStyle: How to Look Great in Layers
Lucky: How to (Fit): Shift-Dresses and Cropped Jackets
Real Simple: Seven Cute Cropped Jackets for Spring
Lucky: Why Tweedy, Cropped Jackets Are the Answer to Every Wardrobe Woe