Fashion fact #97: Sleeveless jackets are the unsung hero of transitional dressing. You may think a jacket that’s missing one of its key components is superfluous at best, but hear us out. When it’s warm outside, wear it with a sleeveless top; when it gets cooler, wear it with a sweater underneath; when it gets downright cold, wear it as an extra layer with a coat on top. Basically, it’ll carry you from summer to winter seamlessly, plus Olivia Palermo has sported the trend twice in the past few weeks, which is why we’re showing you how to wear this versatile piece today.
Scroll down to get inspired and shop our sleeveless jacket picks!
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Tip: Add structure to your flowy dresses with a sleeveless jacket.
On Caroline Issa: Merchant Archive dress; 3.1 Phillip Lim Berlin Sandals ($525).
Tip: Sneakers and a backpack will lend a downtown vibe to your sleeveless jacket.
Tip: Add an extra layer by wearing a shorter vest over a dress and under your sleeveless jacket.
On Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific: Marissa Webb Celia Long Vest ($685); BCBG shirtdress; Valentino bag and Rockstud 54mm Retro Sunglasses ($296) in Black; Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandals ($398) in Black Goose Bump.
Tip: For an understated look, pair your sleeveless jacket with colors in the same family.
On Olivia Palermo: Nom De Mode vest; Chinti and Parker sweater; Tibi Tropical Wool Pleated Wrap Culottes ($450); Gianvito Rossi pumps; Capwell + Co Crystal Shard Spiked Necklace ($78); Dior sunglasses.
Tip: Keep it simple with your favorite white t-shirt.
On Linda Tol: Marni Polished Leather Oxford Platform Flats ($1020).
Tip: Don't be afraid to embrace a bright sleeveless jacket for maximum impact.
Tip: Choose a trench coat-inspired version for an instantly sophisticated feel.
On Margaret Zhang of Shine By Three: Three Floor jacket; Anna Quan top; Max & Co skirt; Mode Collective heels.
Tip: Pastel pink will pair well with neutrals you already own.
On Soraya Bakhtiar: Gat Rimon vest; H&M sweater; Zara pants; Givenchy clutch; Dolce Vita shoes; H&M hat.
Topshop Unique Sleeveless Wool-Blend Coat ($430)
Missguided Arabella Cream Sleeveless Lightweight Trench Coat ($49)
River Island Dark Grey Sleeveless Trench Coat ($160)