How to style a long jacket


Dec 07, 2023

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How to style a long jacket

From those you wear almost every day to those you pull on for specific occasions, you can never own too many jackets. One particular womenswear style that’s very popular for the current autumn/winter season is the longline jacket or maxi coat.

As well as offering additional warmth and plenty of coverage for those chillier days, a longer coat also instantly gives an outfit a touch of understated style. Here we’ll take a look at exactly how to wear your women’s long jackets, plus we’ll take a peek at the current options in our latest TOG24 collection.

Create a smart-casual look

Thought long jackets were only for formal occasions? Think again! They’re the perfect option for creating an effortlessly smart casual look – and there are two ways to do this.

Either choose a smarter-looking long jacket in a classic hue like black or white and then pull it on over a comfy daytime ensemble. Think leggings, a neutrally coloured sweatshirt or hoody and your favourite women’s trainers.

Or if your jacket is fairly casual, layer it over a more put-together look – whether that’s a monochromatic outfit or one that features a shirt/blouse, fitted trousers and sleek ankle boots.

Consider your silhouette

If you’re investing in a long jacket with a bulkier cut, such as a puffer, it’s important to consider your overall silhouette when styling it. As they can add emphasis to your top half, it can be a good idea to keep it more fitted on your bottom half.

Are jeans your favourite bottoms to wear? Select either a skinny or straight-leg cut to keep your silhouette smooth and avoid adding extra bulk to your finished look. Choosing a belted jacket is also a brilliant move as it’ll highlight your waist and your overall body shape in a flattering way.

Invest in a sleeveless style

If you want to mix up your long jackets, try opting for a sleeveless option. You’ll find several stylish longline gilets in our range at TOG24 which are ideal for wearing around town or in the great outdoors.

Stick with a heritage shade with our Ranskill Women’s Long Insulated Gilet in khaki. Wear it with a cream or white jumper and some classic blue jeans for a look that can take you effortlessly from the shops to brunch with your friends.

Alternatively, a long black gilet is ideal for wearing on hikes or daily dog walks as it can be thrown on over any outfit. Going for a hooded variation also ensures you’re covered if it’s a colder day or if you end up outside in an unexpected rain shower.

Keep it neutral

In a rush and unsure what the best styling choice is for your long jacket? Remember that channelling a neutral colour palette is always a good bet.
For a fail-safe outfit idea, select pieces in earthy, natural tones that effortlessly complement each other. Or stick to one neutral colour and coordinate. You can pop your long jacket on over the top, regardless of its colour, and not worry about whether it matches or not.

Pop one over a dress

A longer jacket is a brilliant option for pairing over a dress or skirt and jumper combo. A longline style will give you a little more warmth than a hip-length or cropped jacket too. Nevertheless, you’ll need to consider what length of coat to go for and whether you want a more structured or open style.

In general, if your dress is more fitted and has a shorter length, pretty much any long jacket will look good over the top. If you’ve selected a fit-and-flare dress or one with an A-line skirt, you might want to pop on a more structured style of coat (whether that’s a tailored version or simply one that nips in at the waist) to give your finished look a more flattering silhouette.

Keep it on-trend with an oversized look

Oversized jackets and coats are very much in style at the moment – and that includes those with a longer cut. Having a bit more room really increases that comfort factor, plus it means they fit easily over chunkier knitwear or a thick fleece.

There’s no right or wrong way to style an oversized long jacket. In general though, they’ll look better over leggings or slim-cut jeans as this will help give you some shape. You could also choose to pair your oversized maxi coat over a dress, tights and boots for a chic evening look that still offers you maximum warmth.

Keen to add a long jacket to your collection? Shop our full range of women’s jackets and coats to find maxi and midi versions in a variety of casual styles. This includes a few options filled with down for added warmth on frostier winter days.

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