Wear Season Short Jacket

The danger with this style of designer jacket is of steering over the line into older lady chic. Avoid below the knee skirts and anything full or A line. Wide leg pants are also not great as the jacket already has a wide silhouette and needs a streamlined shape below for contrast.

Good choices to pair the Chanel inspired jacket with are skinny jeans or tapered pants – it also works great with capris and shorts. Shoe boots or chunky platforms balance it out nicely.

Look out for the slightly distressed finishes to jackets from fashion designers such as IRO, DKNY and Tory Burch. Frayed edges and sleeves add a rock and roll twist to this classic jacket design. This moves the stylish shape of this jacket firmly into the youthful style camp with built in edginess. Pair it with a sheer blouse or silk shirt and shorts if you dare, or more comfortably for winter with your favourite designer jeans, which of course have to be skinnies.

This jacket is a perfect item for easy work to evening out transition. Wear it with a demure silk shirt and short straight skirt to work, then swap the skirt for your skinny jeans, the shirt for a vest or sheer blouse and you’re set to go anywhere. Accessorize with a chunky statement necklace and a hobo bag or keep it simple and let the jacket do the talking.