I’ve been hearing a lot about the boyfriend jacket fashion trend recently, so I wasn’t surprised when Greetje sent me this question for the Style Sketches™ series:
I am tall, size Large although I appear to be size zero because I have skinny long arms and nice long legs. No hips, no bum and a so-so waist….I have a grey boyfriend jacket which is not my color either. I need bright colours near my face. I have done so many things to make it work. Any ideas? Or should I have left this look to small girls? I saw a much shorter girl in the shop wearing it and it looked great on her. Surprise me. I am 5 ft 7.
Looking Great in a Boyfriend Jacket
Personally, I think Greetje is being too hard on herself. She explored a number of different ways to wear her oversized grey blazer on her blog No Fear of Fashion in a series of articles including My Grey Boyfriend Jacket Problem Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. I especially like her grey jacket paired with bright tops and white skinny jeans, but I do understand why she’s concerned about the large, boxy shape of the blazer. Petite women do look adorable in slightly oversized garments, and the very young can wear a potato sack and look good. I know that as I’ve gotten older I’ve become more cautious in my clothing choices. Regardless, Greetje looks great in her jacket and I think she should continue wearing it with bright-colored t-shirts and skinny jeans.
Yes Greeje! Your grey boyfriend jacket looks wonderful on you! Really it does! But eventually you’ll get bored with wearing it with white skinnies, so here are two other ways you can wear it.
Boyfriend Jacket and Boyfriend Jeans
First, try your boyfriend jacket with loose, rolled up boyfriend jeans, a white blouse and a big, bright statement necklace like in the sketch above. The colorful necklace will brighten up the grey blazer and the jeans will bring a casual flair to the outfit. I drew my outfit with sandals for a cute, summery look. Here are a few pairs of jeans and necklaces from around the web (Disclosure: Affiliate links are embedded in the widgets below. If you click on an image I will receive a small commission. If you can’t see the widget please click here. The link will take you to my site.)
Give your Boyfriend Jacket a Feminine Twist
To give your boyfriend jacket a more girly look try pairing it with a dress, kind of like this.
I see the jacket worn with a bright white sheath dress and Greetje’s fabulous yellow purse, but the jacket would look great with a slim dress in a bright color or print too. Pink, white and yellow all look great with grey. For some more ideas on pairing a boyfriend jacket with a dress check out this gallery on Chicisimo. Below are some fun printed and solid sheath dresses from the web.
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What do you think of my style advice for Greetje? Would you wear a boyfriend jacket with boyfriend jeans or a sheath dress? Do you have any other ideas on how to wear the jacket?
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