Style Tips: How to style a cropped jacket

Style Tips

Happy Style Tips Saturday!  This is the day that YOU become a fashion stylist and offer your best style tips on the displays on two blogs.

Today, I am showing you Style Tips: How to style a cropped jacket.

A reminder for anyone new to our Saturday posts….

This is NOT would you wear it…but rather how would you style it either for you or a friend or another reader of the blogs.

These style tips have helped many readers in a variety of ways…so give us your best ideas and advice on the feature garments.

Jennifer and I go out and about in our worlds and find displays which make us wonder what you would think.

So, let’s get started on this lovely autumn day….


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I am about to show you that cropped jackets are on trend and offered in a variety of styles.

I discovered this display recently at Chico’s.  It features the BLACK LABEL CROPPED LEATHER JACKET.

This jacket is real leather and pricey…so remember to not comment on the costs…we are simply here styling a cropped jacket for women who like to wear them.

For ideas, you may want to look over these cropped jackets currently in stores:

What are the challenges and considerations a woman needs to keep in mind when styling a cropped jacket?

What tops work best underneath…and what tops are not the best? 

There are many style tips considerations so give it some thought before you answer…it really makes a difference to others.


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This audience hit the Talbots Friends and Family Sale in a big way this past week.

Many items were purchased, but here is a list of best sellers purchased by a large number of ladies….




style tipsZip Mockneck Pullover 


Jessie Tassel Driving Moccasins in Calf Hair Leopard

Tweed Jacket 

Thank you so much for shopping with my links…it is such a blessing and keeps me going.   I would love to hear your style tips for some of the items you purchased!

Now it is your turn for style tips on how to style a cropped jacket!  I cannot wait to read the Ideas.

Then head over to A Well Styled Life and tell Jennifer your ideas for her display.  It is such a fun day where we become girls sharing clothing with girls…like we have done most of our lives.

Bring your best style tips and by all means…………………………………………………………………..


By Pamela Lutrell

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  1. With a white button down shirt, tucked, black jeans and red flats. Or…..a small-check midi skirt, black boots, and a top in a color that complements the check in the skirt. Red lipstick and a confident smile.

  2. I’d wear this gorgeous jacket with an ivory silk blouse (shirt) and ivory wide-leg pants.
    A metallic kitten heeled ankle boot might be just the shoe! Clutch purse of course!
    For a casual look I would wear a cropped cashmere tank andhigh waisted black jeans.

  3. I would keep the jeans but add a shirt or top in a jewel tone – solid or print. I’d add low boots and a funky bracelet and earrings. Jacket could also be worn with a dress or skirt.

  4. To wear this jacket casually, I would suggest a soft mustard yellow cashmere sweater either short or tucked, ivory jeans trouser style, add booties and bag in black. To dress it up over a soft red sweater dress, sparkly kitten heals and glam clutch. The top underneath would work with slim jeans and sneakers, crossbody black bag or dark brown.

  5. Great looking jacket. I wouldn’t consider 23″ truly cropped as it comes well below the waist even on the tall model. This pared down style is classic and there are so many ways to style it. For starters I’d pair it with dark camel classic trousers and a red silk blouse. Camel pumps, gold jewelry and a leopard print cross body bag. It would be equally lovely over a dress or paired with a skirt. For casual wear, boot cut jeans in a dark wash and a cream colored turtleneck sweater, black ankle boot and chunky jewelry. While it would be fine to wear with black pants though I’d avoid the all black look because the clean lines of the jacket are lost. I have a suede jacket cut in a very similar style and find it very versatile.

  6. Love the jacket but I’d not use it with the blouse shown. I’d use a more tailored style. I also would not pop the color of jacket it ruins the look, you could pop the collar of a blouse just don’t overdo it.

  7. I would style it with a knit tee and jeans or slacks, ballet flats, sneakers or ankle boots. Another look would be with a pleated mini skirt, knit top, statement belt and flats , kitten heels or ankle boots.

  8. I like it with the jeans but I would soften the top. Perhaps a cashmere sweater for some texture and a silk scarf to add some dimension and fill the neckline. Happy Saturday Pam!

  9. I have a very similar leather jacket which I love. Mine is collarless which is my preferred style. I would wear this with a turtleneck or cashmere sweater paired with jeans or slacks. I wear also with dresses and skirts. It is an easy and polished look. I have not worn with a longer top, but this look is fresh and I will try it. Your posts are so thoughtful and helpful, and writing is great. Thanks, Pam!

  10. Awww…thank you Pat. Your encouragement means so much. I also would wear this with a dress and often look for options for sleeveless dresses…yes, women are still wearing them in our warm climate.

  11. I would put my winter friend in the black leather jacket and black trousers. She would wear a bright white shirt, tucked in, collar popped, with a dramatic black, white, and true red scarf. She has red block heeled booties. Red lips, shiny gold hoops, and her two gold charm bracelets would keep her classic look. In her weekend bag would be a small checked mid weight black and white midi and thick black tights. Two easy outfits for an overnight in NYC.

  12. When styling a cropped jacket, it’s important to pay attention to the volume and proportion of the top underneath. The top on this mannequin is too long for this particular jacket which throws the proportions and volume of the outfit off. Also, in the first photo, the top and denim appear blue while the jacket appears black. In the second photo, all three garments appear gray….at least on my screen. It’s also important to make sure that colors coordinate. Black and blue can be hard to pull together in an outfit. It can be done, but in these photos, the leather’s color appears to be a clashing mis-match against the other garments. What I’d do is to choose a shorter top, possibly in a print that includes black and blue in order to correct the issues with the mannequin. I like the displayed jewelry. Some black leather booties to bookend the jacket would polish the outfit nicely.

  13. As I do agree with its website description “it can be worn so many ways” and because of its simplistic overall design for additional interest I would pair it with pieces that offer pattern – texture – color; plus because it is said to be ‘cropped’ bottom hemlines chosen could range from midi – to ankle – to full in length in order to achieve balance. Also for a top to wear with it, I would avoid repetition of its plain ‘convertible collar’ and choose an alternative neckline of my choosing. With that being said; for a polished street wear look visualize it with a ribbed – sweater knit – wine colored fitted two piece midi skirt with a coordinated turtle-neck top, black high shaft suede boots and bag in a dual suede ‘n leather. Whereas for a casual look team the same top with a pattern oblong scarf, plain ankle length bottoms in choice of fabric, black leather booties or loafers with a casual tote or CB quilted bag. -Brenda-

  14. I love this jacket…pair with a fine knit burgundy turtleneck waist length sweater, fine wool charcoal cuffed slacks and thin leather belt, and burgundy loafers. Gold bangle. The jacket does seem to have poorly finished button holes, should be corded and tailored for the price it goes for.

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