Wednesday, June 3, 2015

How I Wear My: Spring Jacket

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget).

The temperature is starting to rise but so are air-conditioner settings inside buildings which means a lightweight jacket is often required! Spring jackets are such an easy way to add color, texture, personality and sophistication to an ensemble that Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and I wanted to devote this month’s “How I Wear My” to them.

I loved how stylish and inventive everyone was with their jackets, which made this one of my favorite posts to put together. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget), above, my lovely and talented “How I Wear My” Partner, writes “This time of year can be cool in Wine Country. Some days the highs are in the 60s or even 50s…calling for layers and even a jacket. I love this ladylike Chanel-inspired Cynthia Rowley jacket. I bought it at Marshalls a few years ago. It’s off-white with little specks of color throughout. I am wearing it with boyfriend jeans, Sam Edelman strappy pumps (I call these my Valentino-on-a-budget shoes) and a Leather Wrap bracelet in Make Me Blush that my partner, Sandee, and I sell in our brand new online boutique, The Rich Life.”

I never get tired of the ladylike look so I adore this outfit on Adrienne, which gets extra points from me for the shoes (Valentino-on-a-budget indeed. I approve!) and the bracelet. What a wonderful spring ensemble!

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades.

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades says, “When I think of spring I think of pastels and this pastel pink moto jacket seemed like the perfect accessory to this all-white skirt set.”

I not only love this outfit on Cynthia I think this is a great photo in general and my new favorite of her in particular. She looks gorgeous!

Nora of Jacket Society.

There is no way we could’ve done a post on spring jackets without our friend Nora of Jacket Society, whose business is based on jackets. She writes, “This was a difficult one for me to choose because every blog post I do involves jackets so it was hard for me to choose what picture to send you.”

I do love the photo of her I am sharing here, featuring Jacket Society’s Savannah Stripe jacket in gray with three-quarter sleeves, worn with a pencil skirt. The pearl cluster necklace is also by Jacket Society.

Nora always inspires me with her jacket looks. I know my thinking about jackets so much these days is a direct result of all the fabulous outfits she puts together with them!

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley.

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley says, “I love my white Tory Burch blazer, especially in the summer months here in SoCal! It is lightweight enough to be a finishing piece that can tie all sorts of separates together for a polished outfit.”

Tamera looks so beautiful in this outfit—I especially like those long earrings!—and I love the golden and ethereal quality of this photo. A gorgeous and dreamy shot of her!

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion.

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion writes, “This combination is a very comfortable one: You don’t feel you are wearing it, not the jacket and neither the trousers. So brilliant for dinner. Both items can go in the washing machine and need no ironing afterwards.”

I love this sophisticated ensemble on Greetje. The kimono-like jacket pairs so well with slender pants and high heels, which are of tiny leopard print. And do note the snakeprint coat in her hand. Doesn’t she look gorgeous?

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life says, “My denim jacket is my go-to jacket year-round and is perfect for Southern California weather. With our May Gray weather, it was a perfect topper for my summery feel outfit.”

As much as I have had navy, white and turquoise on my mind, I think this is my new favorite picture of Alice. Her outfit is summertime perfection in my book, right down to her baby blue pedicure!

Beth of Style at a Certain Age.

Beth of Style at a Certain Age writes, “I love to punch up black and white with a fun animal print. It’s classic and never goes out of style. In my eye it’s akin to a neutral.”

Beth looks so fabulous in this ensemble, I love the addition of pearls and bright red lipstick and nails!

Teresa, wife of photographer Denton Taylor.

Our photographer friend Denton Taylor says of his wife, “This is Teresa in Central Park, a week or so ago when it was quite cool. She is wearing a Pendelton Mills woolen jacket over a Versace blouse and skirt. Teva sandals for a walk in the park until she gets to work.”

I really like this vibrant red paired with deep blue on Teresa and I am happy to report that in NYC the temps have cooled off after a temporary spike and Teresa might have worn this jacket again this week!

Sylvia of 40+Style.

Sylvia 40+ Style says her denim jacket is “an old jacket that I rediscovered recently. It’s short so looks good with higher-waisted skirts and pants.”

I like that Sylvia wore this jacket with a floral skirt (which seems to be dégradé towards the bottom hem, which I adore) and added red accessories. What a fun spring ensemble!

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made says, “This is another great spring jacket which I bought this year from Veronica Beard, #MadeinUSA. It is unlined but heavier weight and water-resistant so it is perfect for those days when expecting a spring shower or two. This day was sunny but quite cool so I wore it with black leggings, short furry boots and a snuggly chunky scarf. We never really know what to expect from the weather here so I was prepared with many layers.”

I like Ana’s edgy look here with her spring jacket and I know what she means about back and forth with weather—it has been running from hot to cold here in NYC!


Happyface313 says of her spring jacket, “Would you believe I wore it only a few days ago, because it was so cold and rainy? Probably I can wash it and put away with the winter clothes by end of the week, but who knows…I’ve added my Ex-Libris En Camouflage silk Hermès scarf and a Mai Tai Shawl Ring in Sunshine Honey.”

I love these colors on Happyface, especially that orange next to that particular shade of dark green. It’s quite pretty and made even more glamorous with the addition of big pearl earrings!

Maryna of Dragonfly’s Heart.

Maryna of Dragonfly’s Heart, who joins us again after a blogging hiatus (and under a new blog name) writes, “My favorite summer jacket is this light parka/jacket by H&M L.O.G.G. It has been my best friend for many years now - while I was still living in Kiev, when I moved to Thailand (perfect for traveling in overly air-conditioned buses and trains, and also for surviving the rainy season), and especially when I went to live in Italy. It’s light, simple, stylish and functional, and goes perfectly with almost every item of clothing that I have, and this is what defines my current style.”

This seems like the definition of the perfect spring jacket! Maryna is overlooking Palermo, Italy in these pictures, our lucky world-traveling friend! Doesn’t the green of her jacket look wonderful against these stunning blue skies?

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo wears a jacket and skirt bought from an estate sale. All the other outfit items are either vintage or bought on consignment. Suzanne writes, “I love this outfit because nothing was purchased retail! Saving the planet one small step at a time!”

Not only does Suzanne look divine—I love the details on the jacket in particular—she could be one of the beautiful poster gals for shopping secondhand first!

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun says, “This Chanel-inspired J. Crew jacket is a wardrobe staple of mine through every season. For spring, I added strappy sandals, distressed jeans, a lightweight white tee, and some fun jewelry.”

I never get tired of the Chanel look so I am a big fan of this elegant yet playful ensemble on Dawn Lucy and I really like that tassel necklace on her!

Left to Right: Jodie, Nancy, and Charlotte as styled by Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style.

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style says, “We span three generations, the 50s, 60s and 70s, and are all wearing the same gingham jacket. I consider gingham a spring/summer pattern since it reminds me of picnic blankets. This jacket, in particular, is very lightweight and maintenance free (a plus in my book!). It’s a perfect example of how a piece can be worn by different age groups!”

How fun that Jodie gathers her stepmother, Nancy, and her mother, Charlotte, as well as herself, and styled three different looks with one jacket. I always like seeing gingham this time of year too, to me nothing says summer like gingham!

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40.

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 looks amazing in a deep blue jacket accessorized with her gem pendant necklace from the Limited that is my new favorite piece of jewelry she owns and which I have told her she should consider one of her good luck charms since it is so lovely on her! She mixed it with a Chico’s necklace and I love the look, it reminds me of a modern day flapper!

A detail of the fabulous jewelry!

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness.

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness says on a recent month-long trip to France she mostly wore this Paige jean jacket during the day since it was cool and very windy. She paired it with a navy gingham Equipment blouse, black sweats from Aritzia and Stan Smith sneakers. I love that Susan was running around France looking so fresh, fun, and sporty!

Yvonne of FunkyForty.

Yvonne of FunkyForty says that as soon as spring approaches her go-to jacket “has got to be my little jeans jacket - a real cheapy which I picked up in H&M whilst on vacation in Barcelona, so I still associate it with a special find memory. I love wearing my jeans jacket with almost anything as soon as the weather becomes a little warmer - it lets me wear my summer dresses a little earlier than I otherwise could have and it also helps to tone down very colorful outfits.”

Yvonne’s jacket reminds me I need to add a denim jacket back into my wardrobe. She looks so feminine and pretty in this combination.

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life says this houndstooth jacket from Sheinside has been getting a workout this year. She writes, “There is something about a classic coat that can take even the most casual outfit and make it feel appropriate. I was strolling through Old Quebec and felt just as CHIC as those around me. (Maybe a silver oxford and a ginormous bun doesn’t hurt, right?).

I never get tired of houndstooth so I love this jacket on Linda, especially with those silver oxfords and the yellow necklace to make the whole outfit pop! And Old Quebec? I am so jealous, I definitely want to go there. Lucky Linda!

Trina of Tea Time With Trina.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina says, “Here in Northern Utah a spring jacket is a must, you just never know what the weather will be like from one day to the next or from morning ‘til night, for that matter.” This striped jacket she wears is “the one I pull when I need a finishing touch to an outfit. It can easily be worn with a dress or several different pants as well.”

I think this is such a great look on Trina and I love how she kicked up a white dress several style notches with the addition of the horizontal stripe jacket, pearl necklace, and a bright yellow clutch!

Paula of That Was Then This Is Wow.

Paula of That Was Then This Is Wow is wearing a gorgeous gold jacket (love the buttons!) with white trousers, a vintage necklace that belonged to her grandmother, and vintage Bakelite earrings she found in a thrift store.

This is such a wonderful gold and white ensemble on Paula and because I think about jewelry so much these days I especially love the necklace and earrings she is wearing! Isn’t this a beautiful dressy look for summer?

I adore Paula’s jewelry selections here!

Forget the jacket, check out the texture in the background. So very New York!

Even though in the past I have written about my love for cardigans, I am trying to wear more of my spring jackets this year, especially this textured white one I picked up at Zara a couple of years ago. I have been wearing it these days with jeans or cropped black pants. I love the polish it brings to any warm weather outfit. And ever since reading Helen Gurley Brown’s advice to not hoard anything you own in terms of clothing and accessories, I have also been trying to wear this lovely Chanel pendant that I picked up on eBay awhile back. It is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry!

Detail of the Chanel pendant against the texture of the white Zara jacket. I love them both, especially together!

For July, find your favorite clutch and share it with us! It’s that time of year when you may find yourself invited to a summer brunch or soirée that requires you carry the lightest of bags to hold only the essentials! Whether it’s vintage or new, elegant and sophisticated or high-spirited and funky, we would love to see what small strapless bag you have in hand so join us for “How I Wear My: Clutch.” Send photos and a short description by July 6, 2015 to

Do stop by Adrienne’s to see even more amazing looks featuring spring jackets.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who joined us this month!


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

So many great looks here, Jill. I love your pendant with the white jacket...and on my site I am wearing brown and white today!! Thanks to you and Adrienne for bringing us wonderful style inspirations.

Anonymous said...

Jill, great round-up this month! Nice variety of jacket styles, I love your white blazer and of course, I'm drooling over your Chanel pendant. A white blazer is always so sharp!

Suzanne Carillo said...

So many varied wonderful looks here. I love it!

Thanks for hosting this shindig : )


jodie filogomo said...

What a nice variety of jackets!!! Your comment on the textures of NY are so true....very artsy!! Thanks for the fun project (and for featuring my gaggle of girls)! I always look forward to the next one! jodie

Tamera Beardsley said...

Jill thanks for another beautiful and inspiration post my dear! I always look forward to this monthly feature! Beth of Style At A Certain Age has my heart racing in her fantastic animal print coat! What a perfect finisher for a black and white palette! I know I will now have my eye open for one!

Thanks again for this stylish post my dear!

No Fear of Fashion said...

It is a good thing I don't have to be a judge as I wouldn't be able to choose. Very nice to see so many great jackets. And that lovely yellow clutch of Trina is new to me.

GSL said...

This is the best installment yet of this interesting series. Jackets do more for an outfit than anything else and can be worn quite equity ratio in a wardrobe if done right and these all were well done.
Liking that white Zara Jill !

Nora Minassian said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful write-up about my outfit and Jacket Society. I love seeing everyone's stylish way of wearing their favorite jackets, it inspires me to design and wear more jackets :)


Dawn Lucy said...

Another fun round up and you're looking so chic in black and white, Jill!
Dawn Lucy

Adrienne Shubin said...

Wow! I am seeing some of these looks for the first time. Loving all the variety. So many lovely and stylish people here!
I can't believe you found that pendant on eBay. What a treasure!
Thank you for another - 47! - great HIWM!
xo, A

paulaink said...

Thank you Jill! Love the texture in your jacket. I have been having a lot of fun participating in the HIWM series. I need a deadline to get motivated at times, and this is also a great way to "not hoard" my wardrobe! Love the HGB advice. I may have to search for the book myself....


My Rose Colored Shades said...

What an amazing collection of jackets. Loving all the denim! No doubt the go-to jacket for spring. I love the contrast between you white jacket and the dark button down. White blazers are perfect for spring. And thanks for featuring me!

Alice Warren said...

I always enjoying seeing all the different looks here! I love your blazer that it has a great texture to it.


Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

Hi Jill,
Congratulations to you ladies on another inspiring post. I love jackets and wear them often, especially when the temperature can be unpredictable so this was a fun one. I also love your jacket - the texture is wonderful!
: ) Ana

Beth @ said...

What a great variety of styles. I really like Tamara's all white outfit. It looks so dreamy! I also love Suzanne's vintage look. Very unique.