I truly love cooler days, although, it might snow, be cold or even freezing. However, from wearing layers, we can style our winter looks in a fun way yet with a touch of quality. I especially love coats and jackets; not only to stay warm but also to have unique winter styles through playing different layers and ways. Last year, I edited an article to talk about how to wear winter coats with flats that helping you to figure out some winter styling issues; I received many positive messages. It turned cooler earlier this year; therefore, I was thinking to edit another winter coats issue. This time, I focus on the subject of “A coat you might also have in the wardrobe”. Moreover, I would like to give a twist to the styles that we can dress our already-have coats in new ways. Also, if you plan to buy new jackets or coats, I will also share with you some tips for shopping and fitting.
Bomber Jackets have hit the trend since last season; it continues. However, all labels give it a twist for different impressions in this season; instead of being sportive, they show us romantic and elegant forms. Some of my girlfriends and readers asked about how to choose Bomber Jackets. “How about if I buy one and it is out of the trend some months later?” No, we do not like to wear our purchases only for some months but years. Well, we can actually choose a Bomber Jacket that has some features as below to avoid being too fashionable and out of style fast.
- The length. Some of the popular Bomber Jackets are waist-length designed; unless you are very skinny, those jackets are not for you, they only make your hip bigger than it is. This jacket I chose is longer; it fits very well my body shape type, pear-shaped and conceals my faults.
- The color and pattern. This jacket is in dark blue with subtle white stripes; depending on different styling ideas, it can be sportive and casual, even can be transformed into an elegant way. Somehow, if you have the budget and would like to get the stylish ones, then follow the trend and enjoy it.
I mentioned that I would like to give a twisted touch to all looks I wore in this article. When we talk about Bomber Jackets, we think about casual and sportive; but I would like to take off the sporty shoes and give my jacket a new face. First of all, I teamed the jacket with a turtleneck sweater and a shirt to give more details to the neckline. Plus, I dressed this dark blue jacket with a gray tone; these two colors present an elegant and sophisticated quality. Sometimes colors say more things than words. Last, I wore one pair of platform loafer; it made me taller in a comfortable way, fantastic. Last, a clean makeup look is important to complete the style for a fresh and polished touch. If you want a trendy style, you only have to put on one pair of jeans and sporty shoes.
從上一季開始熱燒流行的Bomber Jacket在進入冬天之後依舊火熱，不過都被各個品牌稍稍扭轉了一下，以不同材質呈現出或帶優雅浪漫、或知性文青的風格，總之不再一昧地以運動風來詮釋，替Bomber Jacket添加更多造型可能性。聽了身邊女性朋友還有讀者詢問，雖然很喜歡類似的外套，就怕流行熱度一過可惜了，遲遲不敢下手。其實，我們可以從設計的風格來挑選，把一件經典的棒球外套與現下流行的Bomber Jacket區分開來。挑選類似款外套時有幾個重點：
- 長度。有些流行款的Bomber Jacket長度在腰際，除非是很纖瘦的女生，否則在搭配不恰當的情況下反而顯得臀圍過寬，破壞了比例。這件外套的長度在髖部一半的部位，很適合像我這種西洋梨身型的女生；既不顯累贅，也可以修飾身形。
Many girls would like to dress and style themselves differently than others; somehow, if they try it too hard, they might get an opposite effect. Over time, it is no more fun to dress up. However, it is not difficult to develop a taste of styling through viewing street style photos or fashion magazines. Still, most of all, you have to know about your body shape. Besides, it is important to choose proper items that fit your personality.
I love shopping; now I do not purchase only for buying but essential things. I have rare casual winter jackets; actually, I had no one; was thinking to order one in this season. When I go shopping, I give it a wider range for choosing; thinking about how to style on many occasions. If I go for a “really casual jacket”, it would limit the range and be not playful with different styling ideas. This jacket looks casual from its material; however, the cut and design make it stands out. So even I could team the jacket with one pair of Oxford shoes. When an item can only style for a single style, then you must think about why you purchase it.
Some ideas for styling :
- Its material is puffy, yes, it is the trend now, but which also means it covers your body shape. In this case, you better choose your buttons thoughtfully. If you have skinny and straight legs, feel free to wear skinny jeans; it is fine with heels, flats or ankle boots. However, if you have a body shape as I do, then one flare jeans is better to reform your shape.
- The biker jacket is black; I wore one plaid shirt to give a bright touch and tried to let the look being lighter and easier. Alternatively, it is also fine to team with slim cut turtleneck sweaters.
I know people say, less is more; it is an easy concept; however, it is hard to realize and follow. Now, I keep this motto as my lifestyle spirit. Instead of quantity, I love to have quality. I save a budget for a higher quality item; the longer I look forward, the more I cherish. It might not be the best way, but definitely a smarter way.
- 這種容易在視覺上造成身型膨脹擴張的款式在挑選搭配下半身時就得留意。如果是雙腿較為筆直、纖瘦的女生可以考慮Skinny Jeans做出對比的誇張視覺效果，配上細跟鞋、鞋球或是踝靴都很合宜。如果是像我一樣比較正常、豐滿的體型，則適合以小喇叭褲穿出一雙長腿的好比例；如果配上尖頭鞋則帶有時尚感，配上圓頭型球鞋或是靴子就很有休閒的風格。
- 外套裡的內搭選擇也不要忽略了。這件Biker Jacket剪裁較為寬鬆，便以格子衫帶出比較明亮的視覺感，減低沈重的印象。或者是以一件素面合身的套頭毛衣做搭配也可以有輕盈的好效果。
I was looking for a classic yet simple blue coat for a long time. I wore more in black or other dark colors; since a while ago, I have also tried green or tan coats. This year, I finally found two favorite blue coats; one was ankle length, the other is the one in the photos. Now, you see my decision obviously. Furthermore, I would like to challenge to style a classic yet simple coat in a different way, adding a twisted touch.
Here are some points about styling :
- When it is not too cold, a V-neck T-Shirt and one pair of jeans will be a perfect look for this coat. Otherwise, one turtleneck sweater or pullover will fit as well. When you choose a jacket style that is similar to the one I wore, it should be slim fit, especially on the shoulder line. Then, the clothes wearing inside must be thin, so not to change the shape of the coat.
- Make sure the cuffs are not too long; that point helps you look taller.
- A single-color-designed coat should have some beautiful details on it, so does this coat. There is a hidden feature behind its collar, a wool piece in gray. Thus, the hair style is also important, a side parting low ponytail just brings the collar out perfectly.
- If you wish to wear this coat not in a usual way, then wear one pair of sporting shoes.
Well, we refreshed this coat into an unusual style.
I hope this article brings you some ideas about winter outdoor styling. Either you look for a new coat or to restyle your old ones, I wish you have fun and enjoy the winter as I do.
First Look :
Bomber > GANT Rugger
Accessory > Jian Hui Yan
Shoes > DressCode
Second Look :
Biker Jacket > GANT Rugger
Accessory > Jian Hui Yan
Third Look :
Blue Coat > GANT
Ear Ring > COR-DATE
Fanning Tseng, a self-taught photographer.
Fanning had studied Interior Design and hosted an interior studio in Taipei, Taiwan. Currently lives in Munich, Germany and works as a freelance photographer. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in Chinese online magazines Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.
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