Three reasons you need a party jacket - The Inside Pocket

And how to wear it well.

THREE REASONS YOU NEED A PARTY JACKET

AND HOW TO WEAR IT WELL
• WORDS: C. STEWART

Whatever your style the rest of the year, party season’s one of the best opportunities you’ll get to dress more adventurously. And there’s little that’ll do the job better than a party jacket.

Cut neatly on your frame, our party jackets come in richly patterned fabrics that make a standout alternative to plainer black-tie tailoring. After all, nobody said formal couldn’t be fun.

Need another reason? Here are three.

If there’s any time to go big, it’s party season. In fact, rather than being something you could do, dressing with impact is something you should do. But don’t let the thought of extra effort put you off. Here’s the thing about a statement party jacket: it needs very little styling. Whether brightly coloured or loudly patterned, your party jacket is your hero piece so let it shine by keeping everything else pared back. And if you’re up for it, wearing your party jacket with its matching trousers makes for a foolproof but showstopping outfit.

It’s a truth that party season comes at the darkest time of the year and most eveningwear tends to reflect this by coming in similarly dark colours. And while you’ll never go wrong with a midnight-blue or sleek black tuxedo, neither will come alive in candlelight or a moodily lit bar quite like a high-octane jacket. Try one in lurex yarns for a metallic finish that catches the light (and everyone’s attention).

Your party jacket is designed with late-night revelry in mind but styled with more casual pieces you’d be surprised how versatile it can be on other occasions too. Take the look down a notch for a family party or dinner date by styling it with a knitted jumper underneath. Not only does this make the look feel instantly more relaxed, but you’ll appreciate the extra warmth if you step outside for a break from the in-laws or waiting for a taxi at the end of the night.

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