What Kind of Jacket to Wear Over a Crochet Gown

Overview

Whether it’s long or short, form-fitting or loose, colorful or subdued, a crocheted gown is a sweet and simple look that can take you from day to night with a few simple accessory changes. In fact, you can even take that feminine frock from summer to fall by adding a jacket to the ensemble.

Keeping It Casual

For a casual style, pair that crocheted gown with a simple denim jacket. Although jean jackets have received a bad reputation since their wild popularity in the 1980s, they’re actually extremely versatile and can be paired with just about any fabric and style of clothing. Look for a denim jacket in a medium blue or dark blue color. Light wash denim tends to look a bit dated, but the darker washes look chic and stylish. A blue denim jacket easily pairs with a crocheted dress of any color – from black and white to yellow and pink. Keep it unbuttoned and loosely roll the sleeves up to your elbows for a more casual look. Add a long necklace for a bit of extra flair, but make sure it falls past the neckline of your dress – the denim jacket’s collar should be the main focus near your neck.

Blaze Away

You know that sleek blazer that fits you perfectly, hugs your body in all the right places and makes you look like a million bucks? Yes, it’s that same blazer you can wear with slacks, jeans, cotton, silk, lace and lingerie. Guess what – it looks great with your crochet dress, too. Ideally, your crocheted gown will be a little form-fitting – since the blazer has such a rigid structure, you want your dress to have a little sex-appeal. Avoid looking frumpy by buttoning at least one button just under your bust. Or, leave the blazer open and belt the layers at your waist.

A Little Edgy

Although your crocheted gown probably doesn’t have any lace on it, its sweet design probably looks a little lacey. And when you’re looking to make a bold fashion statement, nothing goes better with lace than a little bit of leather. Just like the culinary combination of chocolate and salt, leather and lace might not initially seem like they go together – but it's actually a delectable combination. Pair that sweet crocheted gown with roughed-up leather – but don’t go overboard on the detailing. Choose a relatively simple leather jacket without studs or spikes and keep your accessories to a minimum -- just a flashy pair of heels and a bold ring will tie your look together.

The Right Fit

Even if you find the perfect jacket to wear over your crochet dress, you still have to make sure it fits your body like a glove. When your jacket is too big or small, it can turn a fashion-forward outfit into a major fashion flop. It’s not difficult to find the perfect fitted jacket. In fact, there are just a few simple things you need to look for. While wearing the jacket, glance down at the shoulder seams. They should fall right at the outer edges of your shoulders. Now lift your arms above your head and shake them around like you’re in the club. You should be able to move your arms freely and easily. Button or zip the jacket all the way up. You should still be able to see the overall shape of your body, but you shouldn’t see any fabric bulging or pulling. Now stick your arms out straight in front of you. On a long-sleeved jacket, the sleeves should lay right at the wrist. On three-quarters length sleeves, they should fall midway between your elbows and wrists.

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