Not All Dresses and Jackets Go Together, But These 8 Timeless Combinations Work

Summer might be close to becoming a distant memory, but we're not forgoing dresses just yet. With temperatures swiftly plummeting, however, we recommend wearing yours with one item in particular: a jacket. You might not think it, but dresses and jackets are notoriously difficult to style together. With varying lengths, it doesn't take much, perhaps an inch in either direction, to throw off your look. And of course, this isn't what you want or deserve.

Fret not, though, for we've found eight foolproof jackets to go with dresses—a formidable outfit combination that'll see you through autumn and beyond. Whether your style errs on the casual side or you prefer a more polished way of dressing, our fashion friends have your next dress-and-jacket outfit sorted. So what are you waiting for? Give your jeans and jumpers a break, and keep scrolling to see and shop our favourite jackets to wear with dresses.


Style Notes: A belted jacket will create a flattering silhouette when paired with just about any dress, but it will look particularly modern alongside a bright mini and ankle boots. 


Jackets to Go With Dresses: Monikh wears tan suede and cream linen



Style Notes: The '80s might be dominating the fashion scene this season, but that doesn't mean the '70s have been completely overlooked. Suede fringed jackets are a must-buy for autumn and winter, and cream linen is the perfect accompaniment. 


Jackets to Go With Dresses: Blazer and Mini Dress



Style Notes: A blazer is a seasonless wardrobe staple that can be worn all year round. We suggest matching an oversize iteration alongside a minidress and ankle boots for autumn. 


Style Notes: One of the easiest fabric pairings out there is plaid and denim, and we love how Erika Boldrin has given it an elegant spin in the form of a dress and jacket as opposed to the usual jeans-and-shirt combination. 

Style Notes: Traditional checks can be difficult to style. Instead, follow Michelle Driscoll's lead by wearing a modern, colourful check alongside a neutral-toned jacket.


Style Notes: Slip dresses are still all the rage right now. When you're not at weddings, we recommend wearing them with a top underneath. Then, give it an edgy overhaul with a leather biker just like Scandi style guru Jeanette Madsen did. 

Jackets to Go With Dresses: Ada in a bomber and thigh-split midi



Style Notes: If anyone knows how to dress down fancy pieces, it's Ada Oguntodu, and this outfit is no exception. Note how she balances out her thigh-high split with an androgynous bomber jacket and a pair of chunky trainers. Masterful.


Jackets to Go With Dresses: Babba wears a sequin dress with a cropped jacket



Style Notes: Perhaps it's down to last year's lack of a party season, but already, floods of sequins are starting to land in our favourite shopping haunts in preparation. Pair mini hemlines with a cropped jacket like Babba Rivera did here. 

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. Next up: The biggest A/W 21 fashion trends you need to know.

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