05.04.2018

Outstanding outerwear

4 essential jackets and what to wear when taking them to the streets

Words: Buntu Ngcuka | Photography: Rex Features

No matter how tricky the weather is around this time of the year, you’ll never make a mistake carrying a jacket around. This season’s most in-demand styles? Something from the 90s, something Yeezy-approved, something sporty and one classic that goes with almost everything in your wardrobe. Here are the 4 key types of outerwear and how to pull off the perfect everyday look with each one.

The trucker

The trucker

If there’s one classic piece everyone should have in their wardrobe whether they’re a denimhead like Tshepo Mogorosi or no, it’s the trucker jacket. Made to go with everything and ideal for every season, it’ll only get better with age as it moulds to your body and every bend and stretch you make. Go for a full-on Canadian tuxedo with blue jeans (not the same wash, though) or keep it laidback with black jeans and sneakers and a layer with a hoodie.

The windbreaker

The windbreaker

Ideal for a rainy day or just covering up in functional fashion, the windbreaker isn’t just for school kids anymore. We all want items that are as hardworking as they are good-looking and this fits the bill. Go for something low-key and neutral or stand out in bright colours or a clashing colour block to channel a retro look. Keep up the aesthetic with a pair of joggers and big-brand kicks or team with jeans and your most-trusted pair of boots if you’re braving some downpour.

The bomber

The bomber

Originally made for soldiers in the military, the bomber has trickled down into the wardrobes of most stylish folks for a variety of reasons. For one, it’s a cooler alternative to a suit jacket, so you can pull it off with a shirt and tie with ease and still look on-point. Secondly, it looks good on everyone — tall, short, slender or plus-sized. The cinched waist creates a visual break in your silhouette, giving the illusion of a slimmer waistline and a longer bottom half. Keep the fit oversized and pair it with your favourite skinnies and Chelsea boots.

The puffer

The puffer

Made popular by your favourite 90s rapper (and by Missy Elliott in its most OTT form), the puffer makes a return this decade as a staple for anyone who wants to make a statement. Dress yours up with a coloured suit and white sneakers, or keep it casual in skinny jeans, a light knit and high-tops if you’re heading out over the weekend. A puffer in a primary colour is a safe option you can get lots of mileage out of, but there are plenty of other bright and beautiful hues for flexing your flamboyance.

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