I have a number of black jackets. On occasion, I chastise myself for having so many . . . and then my belligerent side scolds my moralistic side with a reminder that each of these jackets is very different from the others and serves unique purposes.
Here is one of those very different jackets.
How is this one different from the others?
- made of a fine, tropical-weight wool combined with a little synthetic fiber for resilience;
- partially lined (for warm weather comfort);
- slightly longer in the back than front, with a charmingly feminine, horizontal contour seam across the back;
- and, decorated with four pockets on the front.
Here I am wearing my ultra-different black jacket for a worky meeting.
Perhaps you are thinking, Directrice, you’re just wearing a black suit and sweater. This is old news.
Non! Non! I am wearing a clever black jacket with a dark grey shell and dark grey wool trousers.
You’ve previously seen the shell and trousers worn with a light colored tweedy jacket.
We’ve discussed the importance of having a grey sweater vest and matching trousers on previous occasions, like this and that. I stand by this wardrobing trick.
Now some closer shots of the jacket.
And now, another hot tip.
A banded-collar blouse is just the thing to wear with a suit. It gives the contrast of a collared shirt without the interfering structure of an actual collar.
Another charming thing about this jacket. The sleeves are faced with a contrasting, off-white fabric.
In these photos, the facing appears almost dove grey . . . but it’s not.
The facing is just barely visible when I am not peeling the sleeve back to show you, but it is a sophisticated detail that adds interest.
One more look at the pockets.
Jacket: Schumacher from YOOX; Blouse: Alice & Olivia; Shell: Brooks Brothers; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: Taryn Rose; Bag: Car Shoe