The trick in pairing separates (i.e., a jacket and pants) is balance. The more extreme the silhouette, the greater the need for balance.
Consider, if you will, this snug little jacket.
It needs the balance of wide-legged trousers. If I wore this jacket with skinny pants, I’d look like a matador. (Note to self: Halloween 2016.) But with these fluid wool pants, the jacket looks very elegant.
Imagine these pants with a longer, looser jacket.
Oof. I’d be lost inside all that fabric. A short, turtleneck sweater would complement these pants well, too, don’t you think?
This little jacket is a ponte knit.
Ponte knits are a bit of a paradox. They give and they take. They’re both stiff and forgiving. They stretch and hold shapes.
Here, the side seams and sleeves have a slight bias cut (highlighted with columns of buttons) and the structure provided by the fabric allows the jacket to maintain the integrity of that cut.
I took stock of my winter clothes over the holidays and planned posts for the next month. I am warning you now that you will be seeing a lot of grey and black because that’s what I saw in my closet.
Do I look too funereal? I can fix that in a jiffy.
O.K. I am still wearing black and grey, but let’s give this scarf its due. It’s bright enough to enliven this outfit even though it constitutes only 1% of the surface area covered. That’s disproportionate influence.
Jacket: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Sweater (under jacket): JCrew Cashmere Sleeveless Shell; Pants: Eileen Fisher; Shoes: Taryn Rose; Scarf: Coach; Bag: Coach Borough bag