Packing for Paris means one of two jackets.
Packing for most places means I include one or two jackets, always.
The button up blazer is a must-have-in-the-suitcase on any trip.
A simple blazer, like the one and only dress or the three pairs of shoes, is a non-negotiable for me. I wear blazers most days and when I travel it is no different. A well-cut blazer works in the same way as a uniform. Waking up and knowing what to put on is a huge bonus and time saver. I don’t want to procrastinate over “what to wear” when there is so much excitement waiting outside.
When travelling I prefer a classic jacket and as much as I adore the beautiful Chanel version worn by Gisele in the first image, it is not a shape that I favour when options are limited. Cropped jackets, button or zipped up, are favourites in my wardrobe but they don’t travel with me. This style is an extra that requires more “effort” to create an outfit. As I am only packing two jackets, the cropped model has to stay home.
The beauty of the button up jacket is the versatile ways it can be worn.
What length and cut to wear?
I prefer a slightly shorter style with dresses and skirts. Shape determines the way a jacket falls best; the smallest nip in the waist can make a jacket worth its weight. The shorter length and the small indentation slims the waist and lengthens the legs. A longer line shirt or blouse worn underneath works beautifully with the shorter jacket, as does a tee with the jacket buttoned up. Worn with jeans or tailored pants, this style of jacket can move about comfortably in every occasion.
The longer style, not too much but just enough, is one I like to wear over slim legged pants and jeans. Flares may be in but I left those behind in my teens. A narrow pant or straight leg and a longer line jacket is a classic that has always been a success. This season I might add a stacked heel to pay tribute to the ’70’s but that’s probably the extent. Adding an inch or two to the length of the blazer can take multitudes from the middle and the slim pant elongates the legs.
Don’t believe what the fashionistas say, wide legged pants, are not our friend, unless you are lucky enough to be well and above goddess height.
How to wear the button up jacket?
During the daytime I usually opt for a tee shirt or button up white shirt worn underneath and in the evening I will change into a blouse with more detail. The shorter style jacket, the Anne Klein blazer, I will also wear buttoned up with a tee and A-line skirt.
The button up jacket is the first thing I pack, the first thing I hang up on arrival and the piece I wear most frequently.
The Button Up Jacket
Tempted By Tweed
i always pack a plain jacket and more often than not it’s black. looking at this chanel image has me tempted to try tweed this winter; i am sure it could do all the same and more in the suitcase. the one from smythe has me thinking…
image, gisele for chanel 2015