Why a Cropped Jacket is a Wardrobe Must-Have

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Do you leave the house wearing a maxi but don’t have a fun jacket option to wear? Try the cropped jacket as the stylish alternative to a shawl or the light cardigan. Once you see the options I will provide, you will not leave home without your cropped jacket.

This style is a success because of its versatility and its fun, free-flowing look with your summer clothes. Moreover, as fall approaches, you don’t have to worry about leaving it hanging in your closet. It will transition beautifully into fall layered with other jackets or cardigans.

White, the color of purity, is the feature color on this bad girl cropped jacket -- love! The all over perforated detail is so cool. The strong shoulder design offsets the draped neck and it has a lot of personality for a grab-and-go jacket.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Luke Perforated Cropped Jacket

→ Buy the BCBGMAXAZRIA Luke Perforated Cropped Jacket, $248.00, at bcbg.com.

I couldn’t write an article without picking something that represents my fashion sense -- it would just be wrong. Since lime green is one of my favorite colors of all time, this relaxed linen blend jacket is the one for me. Its casual look and carefree neckline, like the previous feature, is perfect for that floral or bright pant you bought in the spring. If that’s too bright for you, then let this be the centerpiece of brightness for your outfit.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Abree Relaxed Jacket

→ Buy the BCBGMAXAZRIA Abree Relaxed Jacket, $268.00, at bcbg.com.

Don’t like the draped necklines on my two previous features? Then go for a cropped jacket that is less relaxed and has more structure to its design. This black and white cropped jacket is 100% cotton and gives a more a severe statement when paired with capris, making it great for the office.

Topshop Flower Print Cropped Jacket

→ Buy the Topshop Flower Print Cropped Jacket, $110.00, at us.topshop.com.

Neiman Marcus has an amazing plain black-cropped jacket with a cutaway hem, which adds some flair. You will definitely have to wear this jacket with a suitable long dress or a pair of jeans to show off this jacket’s rad style. Any jacket that can be worn a couple nice ways is a jacket worth purchasing. The large satin bow can be tied close to the neck or tied loosely off the side.

Alice + Olivia Addison Bow Collar Jacket

→ Buy the Alice + Olivia Addison Bow Collar Jacket, $396.00, at neimanmarcus.com.

Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.