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Here's to the saviour jacket

Tanya Puri, Hindustan Times   January 12, 2014
First Published: 16:42 IST(12/1/2014) | Last Updated: 16:49 IST(12/1/2014)

While winter does give you  a lot  to experiment with — from layering up those outfits and joining the ‘boot’ camp to indulging in snug ‘n’ warm oversized sweaters — it also  brings with it a styling predicament when you have to head out. When confused, simply invest your style in a favourite jacket to master your look.

From doing pastels, dewy hues and prints for the day to going for leather at night, and for ethnic outfits, all gloss and embellishment, here’s how to style smart while you combat the chill.

Leather lovin’ in the night
Here’s one trend that can be rocked by women and men alike. A rich leather jacket adds to any outfit instantly.  Pair it with a dark-hued pair of denims, a statement T-shirt, a chunky watch and you’re ready to head out. For the ladies, styling can be more experimental. “Give it an unconventional vibe by pairing it with knee-length boots and a hat,” says stylist Vikram Seth. Zip it up or keep it loose for a fresh look every time you throw it on.

The cape to the rescue
Many of you would have already tapped into this trend of cape coats and jackets that can turn you into a super fashionista if styled aptly. But, if you don’t want to add to your already overflowing collection of wardrobe winter staples, style an oversized peacoat or topcoat with oomph. Just let the jacket cling on to your shoulders like a cape — a quick fix for your styling confusion. Look like a lady out on stylish business!

The glitzy wedding 
Create a synergy between traditional and modern sensibilities. Take inspiration from Sonam Kapoor at Cannes and do the jacket in edgy ways. “Sport a jacket over your sari and twirl the pallu from the lapel of the jacket to the back,” says designer Shantanu Mehra. Go for a floor-length jacket with embellishments or sport a bright Nehru collared cropped jacket over a monochrome sari.

That brunch date
If you think wearing florals is a no-no during winter, we are here to tell you otherwise. Layer smart by wearing a floral blazer.  Designer Jenjum Gadi says, “Make the look more winter appropriate by sporting it in a luxurious fabric like soft brushed cotton instead of the synthetic ones.”

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