Not All Dresses and Jackets Go Together, But These 6 Timeless Combinations Work

Dress season is officially upon us, and although we haven’t been able to cast aside our tights just yet, we’re very much in the frock state of mind. Until temperatures heat up, however, we recommend wearing yours with one item in particular: a jacket. You might not think it, but dresses and jackets are notoriously difficult to style together. With varying lengths, it doesn’t take much (perhaps an inch in either direction) to throw off your look.

Fret not, though, for we’ve found six foolproof jackets to go with dresses. Whether your style errs on the casual side or you prefer a more polished way of dressing, our fashion friends have your next dress-and-jacket outfit sorted. So what are you waiting for? Give your jeans and jumpers a break, and keep scrolling to see and shop our favourite jackets to wear with dresses.

Style Notes: Utility jackets are Emma Thatcher’s cover-up of choice. Take style cues from her and wear yours with a floral midi dress and canvas tennis shoes for the perfect high-low ensemble. 
Style Notes: Slip dresses are still all the rage right now, but until the time comes when you can forgo layering, we recommend wearing them with a top underneath (a Breton is always a good idea). Then give it an edgy overhaul with a leather biker just like Scandi style guru Jeanette Madsen. 
Style Notes: One of the easiest fabric pairings out there is plaid and denim, and we love how Erika Boldrin has given it an elegant spin in the form of a dress and blazer, as opposed to the usual jeans-and-shirt combination. 
Style Notes: If anyone knows how to dress down fancy pieces, it’s Ada Oguntodu, and this outfit is no exception. Note how she balances out her sexy thigh-high split with an androgynous bomber jacket and a pair of chunky trainers. Masterful. 
Style Notes: The ’80s might be dominating the fashion scene this season, but that doesn’t mean the ’70s have been completely overlooked. In fact, so many dresses feature retro prints for spring/summer 2019, to which tan suede makes the ideal accompaniment. 
Style Notes: Traditional checks can be difficult to style (wear them with a monochrome palette and you’ll run the risk of looking dowdy). Instead, follow Jessie Bush’s lead by wearing a houndstooth blazer with a bright colour for a fresh take. 

Next up, see which three shoes we’ll be wearing on repeat this spring.

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