When I first brought home this little orange swing jacket, I made a mental note that it could be paired with many colors – but not black. I’m super wary of colors combos such as red and green, orange and black, at the risk of looking like a jolly elf or an emaciated jack-o-lantern.
However, through trial and error, I learned that patterns offer more versatility than solid blocks of color. Although black is present in this skirt, I worked on bringing out the ivory with a similar colored blouse and nude pumps. I find the finished color pairing seasonal-chic, versus holiday-tacky.
I’ve received a few questions regarding swing jacket fit. I’ve always loved swing jackets for the following reasons:
– Usually shorter in length, and thus petite-friendly (ivory jacket below is 00 regular, black is 00 petite)
– Flattering on small-chested women. I find two garment types to be generally more flattering on smaller-chests: swing jackets, and shift dresses that are cut straight up and down and shorter in length.
– Very versatile. I wear mine over everything. Here are some outfit pics dug out of my archives:
However, fit can be tricky. Ideally, a swing jacket should fit perfectly in the shoulders, and when buttoned up, should have a slight A-line shape and just lightly graze your chest. Some readers mentioned that this H&M; jacket fits in the shoulders, but when buttoned up, the torso is too snug (and thus does not “swing”). In this case, I suggest sticking with the size that fits your shoulders best and wearing it open, versus sizing up to accommodate the chest area.