Ladies – how to style a smart jacket

27th January 2017

Important job interview coming up? Meeting the new bf’s family? You want to look smart without looking like you’re trying too hard. So ladies, back away from the pencil skirt and instead base everything around a smart jacket, the perfect staple for any excuse that you’ve got to dress up. This isn’t your mum’s blazer.

This season, everything is centred around the right jacket with strong styles featured heavily on the runways and the streets of the recent London and Paris fashion week shows.  Here’s a quick guide on how to style one to fit your look. Get ready to impress, girl.

velvet jacket

Smart casual vibes

So you’ve swiped right and want to nail that smart/casual vibe. A good looking jacket is great for adding a feminine twist to your everyday look. Start by pulling out your favourite pair of skinnies and pairing these with a lightweight cami top. These are a great base, especially if you arrive at your destination and discover the dress code isn’t quite as smart as you expected. Finish off with a pair of chunky heels – mules are still a good choice this season – and throw on a fitted, open jacket.

Our Velvet Tuxe Jacket is perfect for nailing this look; the swish fabric works perfectly with everyday denim and if the meal or drinks move on to somewhere with more of a party scene, you’ll still look the part.

superlative blazer

Tailored trousers

Your trousers and jacket don’t have to match to create a clean look. Dress up a smart jacket with a pair of fitted trousers.  They key here is in the fit, so make sure they suit your body type. Don’t be afraid to try out patterns too; a strong stripe or floral print make a bold statement. Tailored trousers look great with heels, but if you don’t feel confident walking in these a pair of simple strappy sandals are a good alternative.

When it comes to that smart jacket, our Superlative Blazer is a great choice. Available in classic black, it’s great for pairing with a bold pair of tailored trousers and can be worn buttoned up over a longer length, lightweight blouse for a modest, smart look.

Superlong bridge coat

The headturner

A simple wiggle dress (aka bodycon) is a good choice if you’re looking to add a bit of glam to your smart jacket. Go for a statement piece of outerwear, such as a maxi coat and work this with heels. There’s nothing more satisfying than striding the streets with the perfect coat.  The maxi style jacket is one that’s bound to draw envy from the crowd.

Our Super Long Bridge coat will not only keep out the cold but is the perfect structured fit for a more formal occasion. Available in navy, it’s perfect for working with a bold red dress or keep it simple with a darker, matching colour.

Istegade Coat


Jumpsuits not only streamline your morning routine but they can also add a bit of chic to an everyday look. A simple, lightweight jumpsuit works great with a smart jacket draped over the shoulders. Opt for a plain all-in-one style with a fitted waist and tailored legs then finish off with an oversized jacket – you could even opt for a men’s jacket or just purchase one a couple of sizes bigger.

Our Istegade Coat is the perfect choice when attempting this oversized, draped look. Wear yours open and over the shoulders with a fitted jumpsuit and finish it all off with some stiletto heels to give off that ‘blogger at Paris fashion week’ vibe.

ombre cocoon coat

Sports luxe

Printed joggers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon and they’re so comfy you’ll definitely want more than one pair to suit a range of styles. To create the ultimate ‘sports luxe’ look, a pair of these comfy trousers, statement heels, a lightweight blouse and a smart jacket are the ideal companions for a workplace ensemble.

Our Ombre Cocoon Coat is soft, warm but still good for creating a smarter feel. Throw this on over those printed joggers and for a style that’s both comfortable and fashionable – you’ll feel as if you’ve won your workweek.

When it comes to smartening up an outfit, the jacket you choose can make or break the look. Try out some of the tips above and nail every important meeting or formal occasion you have planned this year.

Feature image photo credit: @jasminelainephoto and @kelliebaldwin