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Cropped jacket: Most versatile piece of winter clothing

Get inspired by these fashion forward celebs and give a playful spin to winter dressing with a cropped jacket. Here’s how to make the best of this style staple.

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 22, 2015 19:33 IST
Aditi Caroli
Aditi Caroli
Hindustan Times
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Cropped jackets are one of the most versatile pieces of winter clothing a girl can own. Whether it’s a sheath dress, your prudent trousers, a slim fit skirt or that trusted pair of jeans, cropped jackets pair well with almost everything in your closet.

These jackets, which end right at your waist, were first popularised by the 1960s fashion icon, Jacqueline Kennedy, the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F Kennedy, who teamed it with matching skirts and accessorised with jewels and hats. The hemline of the jackets became shorter when it re-emerged in 1980s.

Soon, we had cropped jackets in a variety of styles that clubbed rock chic with ladylike glamour. With just a bit of style tweak, a cropped jacket takes you from work to party in a jiffy. It’s also a great way to recycle your summer staples when the temperature falls outside. You can team your cropped jackets with midriff baring crop tops, printed tees, or your midi skirt.

Pick your style
These jackets are great for people who want to hide their belly bulge. Zip up the jacket and your bulges stay hidden. Keep your sleeves either shorter or longer than the jacket. This breaks the horizontal line from cutting across your body, making you look thinner. Go for jackets with low necklines and low closures, for a slim look. Here’s some inspiration to rock the style.

Go classic
Take the boring out of black, the way singer Taylor Swift does it. She wears a classic side-zipped leather cropped jacket, along with skintight leggings and chunky heeled ankle boots. Copy her look and rock your jacket like a diva.

Like a rockstar
Steal singer Beyonce’s look to ace rockstar chic. She wears a studded black leather jacket over a black tee and acid wash jeans. A black fedora, platform booties and fur bag complete her look. Remember, accessorising is what separates a wow look from an average one.

Get knotty
Want to copy singer Rihanna’s uber cool look? Wear a printed T-shirt and knot it up to flaunt your well toned abs. Pair it with wide leg denim trousers and throw over your quilted cropped jacket. Accessorise with a sporty cap for a fun twist to the relaxed and comfy look.

Comfy style
Actor Priyanka Chopra goes casual chic in a cropped white jacket. She keeps it simple by pairing it with her distressed denims and white tee. This look is apt for a casual outing with friends as you lap up the winter sun.

Spring perfect
Recycle your summer staples by pairing your cropped jacket with a crop top and skirt combo. To make a stylish transition to spring, take your fashion cue from actor Sonakshi Sinha, who teams her leather jacket with a black crop top and houndstooth print long skirt.

First Published: Jan 22, 2015 16:06 IST