Help A Sister Out | What to Wear with a Cropped Jacket

Sara writes in:

I recently scored a LOFT cropped dark denim jacket (maybe it’s a bolero style, beats me) at a thrift store and I’m trying to figure out how to best wear it. I was thinking with some tan pants and a top underneath but I’m not sure what type of top would be best. AH, it’s 3/4 length sleeve. Is long sleeve ok? Does it have to be a dressy top or can it be dressed down? Help, I’m so clueless.

She sent along these photos of her and the jacket:

That is so cute! And versatile, although I can see how you might be unsure about it at first. I do think long sleeves are fine. I have a friend who layers long sleeves under 3/4 sleeves and short sleeves all the time, and she always looks so cute and put together.

You could always wear the jacket over a dress — I’d probably to for something fitted and sheath-like under it, to give the outfit structure.

Likewise, you probably want to keep the clothing underneath it rather body-hugging, keeping in mind that you want to accentuate your waist, directly beneath the hem of the jacket. If you don’t wear a long-sleeve top under it, I would wear a bracelet. Bracelets look great with 3/4 length sleeves!

Since it’s denim, the sky is really the limit as far as colors to pair with it. The only thing I probably would not put it with is bluejeans. I could see it with khaki trousers or tan corduroys or a cropped black slim-cut pant and a lime green or pink/purple/fuscia long sleeve tee or tank under it. In the summer it would look great with white jeans or pants and a pretty colored tank underneath – again, one that hugs your body so it shows off your slender waist!

Here are some ideas:

casual chic


casual chic by allthingschic featuring rhinestone earrings


Maybe one of these? (I had a hard time finding a dress I was picturing.)

cropped jacket with dresses

cropped jacket with dresses by allthingschic featuring a button front dress


Or even this?

cropped jacket with khakis and booties

cropped jacket with khakis and booties by allthingschic featuring chino pants


I admit, I haven’t done the booties with cropped pants yet, but I have fun with Polyvore!

What do you all think? What should Sara wear with her new jacket??

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