The right jacket or blazer is so much more than a short-lived fashion statement or something to keep you warm. Whether zipped, buttoned or belted, a good jacket is timeless - a daily essential that can add the perfect finishing touch to your outfit throughout the year.
New York fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar identified seven jackets that every fashionable woman should own. Create the rock chick look with that cult classic, the biker jacket, or choose traditional tweed for high-class elegance. The army jacket completes a uniformed style, while nothing says casual chic like the denim jacket, which looks just as good with a floaty summer dress as it does with a trusty pair of trousers.
Our stylists have taken inspiration for our collection of jackets and blazers from classic styles and this season's latest trends. Which will be the perfect match for your own unique look?
When you’re choosing your plus size jacket or blazer, you might be wondering whether jackets should be a size larger so that you can fit other layers of clothing underneath them. The answer is no - they’re designed for you to wear over other clothes, so just order your normal size. That said, sizes do vary from one designer to another, so you may need to try a couple of different jacket or blazer sizes before finding the right fit for you. Take a look at our handy size guide for more help on what size to order.
If you’re in need of some inspiration for how to wear jackets, it all depends on the kind of jacket we’re talking about. One thing applies to them all, and that is that finding a jacket that fits you properly is vital for looking and feeling fab. For an edgy twist to a feminine outfit, pair your plus size leather biker jacket with a floral top and jeans, or even a pretty dress and boots. Style up a casual jeans and t-shirt outfit with a stylish open front blazer for days out, and in the evening you’ll find that a plus size lace jacket is the perfect finishing touch to complete a sophisticated look for nights out on the town.
The elegant silhouette created by a tailored blazer will flatter your figure and help you highlight your curves, while looser plus size jacket styles are more forgiving. If you’re looking for something a little different, why not try a Japanese-inspired kimono jacket? A collarless style is perfect for creating the androgynous look, while bold prints add a fun touch to any outfit. A plus size white jacket is a wardrobe staple that will go with pretty much everything, while a velvet jacket evokes old-world elegance and adds a touch of luxury to your outfit.
We’re sometimes asked whether jackets shrink, and the answer is that it depends on the fabric; some materials are more prone to shrinking in the wash than others, but usually only if they’re washed or tumble dried at too high a temperature. To prevent your new jacket or blazer from shrinking, simply make sure you follow the washing and drying instructions on the label carefully, as some jackets may require special care, such as dry cleaning.