New Castle News

September 18, 2013

Sarah Stright-Hartley: It’s time to cover up — in style

Sarah Stright-Hartley
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — With the changing of the seasons comes the addition of outerwear and I, for one, cherish this time.

I love a lightweight jacket and scarf to keep the chill at bay each morning and at the end of the day.

There are some jackets that I swear by each season no matter the trends. Depending on your budget you may be able to afford one or all of these (lucky you!) but if you're looking for something that is timeless and you'll be able to wear for seasons to come, check out my suggestions to the right.

•Military — Though often considered a "trend," this style of jacket is around season after season and doesn't appear to be going anywhere any time soon. I love the juxtaposition of this masculine style paired with feminine pieces. Wear it over a flirty dress or a sparkly top and skinny jeans.  

•Cape — A classic that makes you instantly look like you belong on the streets of Paris. A cape is very chic and when paired with something simple and understated, it shines. I love it paired with work looks — a great pair of ankle length trousers and a pretty blouse.

•Mixed — One of the newer “classics,” a mixed material jacket is a great spin on something you may already have in your closet. A cotton body and leather sleeve mix (like the one pictured) can be worn with any look — a flirty, feminine style or a tougher "street" look.  Don't be afraid to experiment with different types of mixed fabrics, but I recommend sticking with more neutral colors so you get the most mileage out of the jacket.

•Trench — Is there anything more classic than a trench coat? They tend to be flattering to all body types, especially when they come with a belt, and can instantly dress up jeans and a tee. Choose one that suits you, whether it's completely classic like the one I have pictured, or maybe one in a beautiful color.  The one I chose last season has hints of leather detail which makes it feel extra special and will be something I keep in my closet for years to come.

•Leather — My personal favorite jacket for fall is leather. I have one in both black and brown (both faux and both fairly inexpensive). I love ones with interesting details, like the one shown here with a hood and an off-center zipper. This is another one of those that looks perfect with any outfit — classic, trendy, edgy, feminine, masculine. Any outfit looks infinitely cooler with a leather jacket.

What are you favorite jackets for fall?