There are very few pieces of wardrobe that are more forgiving and more useful than the structured jacket. The structured jacket provides lines and movements that help to draw attention away from a trouble area and towards a more flattering area of the body. The structured jacket can help make a casual outfit appear more formal. They often have convenient pockets for those outfits without pockets. They help people a person warm. They provide a canvas for pins and broaches, allowing for a little extra pizzazz to be added to an outfit.
The structured jacket is different than other types of jackets. This jacket has darting and hugs the body. This jacket creates lines, while a regular jacket typically just hangs on the body. The structured jacket is not a thick jacket, but more likely to be worn indoors rather than outdoors. This jacket is more associated with a business casual to formal look rather than the sheer casual look.
When picking out a structured jacket, it is important that the jacket fits properly. The buttons should be able to close comfortably on the jacket. The sleeves should hit at the first knuckle of the thumb when your hands are strait down. A full range of movement may not be possible with the jacket, but some movement should be. If the jacket is pinching or is too tight in the arms, pick up a large size jacket. If the jacket simply will not fit, then move on to a different style jacket or resign yourself to seeing a seamstress after your shopping trip.
Color is important when picking structured jackets. The jacket is not an every day piece and cannot necessarily be thrown in the wash like the rest of the clothing. Pick a jacket that works well with various outfits and styles. The jacket can either be the pop of color or it can be a base/ neutral color. It all depends upon what your wardrobe has more of. The jacket can also help to tie in a different color into the outfit. Avoid jackets that excessively bright or have too much of a pattern. These are big pieces of an outfit and can easily become overwhelming.
Style is also very important. A classic structured jacket will see much more use than a trendy jacket. Avoid buying structured jackets that are ripped or torn, feature large collars or other trendy looks. Instead, buy classic pieces that have a touch of a feminine flair. Do not go overboard with this feminine flair and pick a structured jacket with fake jewels and sequins on it. Pick one with a small flower or a feminine cut that is flattering to the female body and your body in particular.
Once the jacket has been picked, it is easy to pick an outfit to wear with it. Most outfits look great with a structured jacket. A dress can be paired with a structured jacket to make it work appropriate. A pair of jeans can be paired with the structured jacket to make it dressier. This really is a wonderful piece of wardrobe that everyone should own and look into.