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Fashion: Sarah Stright-Hartley

October 3, 2012

Sarah Stright on Fashion: Hitting the Big 3-0 and how to wear denim


NEW CASTLE — Q: I just got a denim jacket.Other than wearing it with dresses, I'm not sure what else to wear it with. Suggestions?

A: Denim jackets are one of those classic pieces that everyone should own. They last season after season and can be worn from summertime through winter. But to keep from getting bored with it, here are a few suggestions (look to the right for outfit inspiration):

•Try wearing it as a layering piece. Wear a cozy sweater and layer it with a denim jacket. Top the jacket off with a faux fur vest. These vests resurface every fall and they make these outfits look so chic. A pair of flare leg jeans are very popular now and make this outfit great for running errands or a lunch date.

•Try wearing it as a top. This might feel a little strange at first, but it's such a cool way to think of this classic item. Find a flare skirt and tuck it into the waist band. Or wear a belt at the waist to create this look. Add tights, cool booties and you're ready to go!

•Try wearing it as a blazer alternative. This might not work for all office environments. But if you need to be a bit more professional looking, try wearing the jacket over a dressy top and trousers. This will add a casual flare to your look and is perfect for a meeting at your kids' school or a more casual dinner date.

Just remember to think outside the box. If you want to try your denim jacket with something unexpected, do it! A denim jacket is almost like a neutral piece. It can be worn with just about everything to give it a casual look.

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