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27/05/2017

What I wore this week: soft jackets

 

‘The soft jacket can be worn in the evening without giving it away that you’ve come straight from work.’
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The big news this week is that I’ve finally cracked shoulder-robing. I don’t mean I’ve mastered how to do it (still struggling with how not to crick my neck, drop the jacket in a puddle, or both), but I’ve figured out what it means. Shoulder-robing is to the serious jacket what a rolled sleeve is to the crisp, white shirt. It is power dressing for an age obsessed with soft power.

And we really, really are obsessed with soft power. This is a relatively new phenomenon, and a shift that permeates everything. It is why first ladies are 21st-century megastars – the role itself is the quintessence of soft power. It is why we are less interested in what Taylor Swift wears on stage than what she wears at the airport. It is why it is more alpha to be wearing leggings and trainers at noon on a Saturday than it is high heels. It is why the middle name you give your baby is more of a status symbol than the make of your car these days.

The jacket is the carapace of power, and we are much more interested in the soft underbelly now. The modern way to look alpha is to wear your jacket less like armour and more like a campfire blanket. Which is fine, except sometimes the passive-aggressive narcissism of modern life makes you want to scream, and at other times you just really want to carry your bag on your shoulder like a normal person, instead of pretending that clamping a full tote under your arm is in any way comfortable.

Which is where the soft jacket comes in. It has the soft power silhouette, while still having functioning sleeves. It may have a dressing gown-style belt, or the kind of floral print you associate with a holiday wardrobe. With no shoulder pads and no structure, it can be worn in the evening without giving away that you’ve come straight from work. It also works as a wedding-slash-party, later-when-it-gets-chilly layer, which is an important and underserved category. It is shoulder-robing without the drama. Make it your wardrobe’s next power move.Read more at:formal dresses adelaide

 

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