Change 1 Thing–Jack[et] Up

My last Change One Thing post focused on how simply changing your shoes can bring a different vibe to an outfit. I hope it inspired you to try on some unusual combos and stretch out of your style comfort zone a little.

Today we’re going to look at how a quick jacket swap can instantaneously change your look.

Linda Allard, the Director of Design for Ellen Tracy in the 1960s, said, “The jacket is the mainstay of a woman’s wardrobe.” With nearly 20 jackets to my name, who am I to disagree?

A jacket can change the line and flavor of an ensemble. Next time your outfit feels a little rote, switch up the jacket to breathe some new life into it.

Corsten reaching out to Mom

This canvas navy jacket serves as a non-competing topper to a floral and leopard mix.


Mom walking with Corsten on grass

Its cinched waist and stand-up collar provide a flattering but utilitarian extra layer perfect for weekend activities.


Mom carries Corsten

But exchange it for an army-inspired wrapper instead, and now you’ve got a great foil for the girliness of the other patterns. The internal drawstring waist on this one gives it a shapelier silhouette.

Corsten and Mom Army Jacket

Bonus: Lots of pockets for pacifiers, puffs, lip gloss and phone.

Mom and Corsten walking right

We’re constantly on the move.

Mom and Corsten out of focus


Floral shorts, J. Crew.

Cotton tank, Everlane.

Navy Jacket, Ann Taylor.

Army Jacket, J. Crew.

Leopard flats, Cynthia Vincent via TJ Maxx.

Lilliputian skull necklace, Banana Republic.

Fingerprint charm bracelet, gift.

Shades, Ann Taylor Loft.






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