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 (if at all). 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.

Fret not, though, for we've found eight foolproof jackets to go with dresses. 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.

TAN SUEDE + CREAM LINEN

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@monikh

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. 

UTILITY + FLORAL

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@emmarosestyle

Style Notes: Utility jackets are Emma Thatcher's cover-up of choice. Take style cues from her and wear yours with a floral midi dress and canvas tennis shoes for the perfect high/low ensemble. 

HERITAGE CHECKS + BRIGHT HUES

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@wethepeoplestyle

Style Notes: Traditional checks can be difficult to style. Instead, follow Jessie Bush's lead by wearing a houndstooth blazer with a bright colour for a fresh take. 

PLAID + DENIM

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@erika_boldrin

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 blazer as opposed to the usual jeans-and-shirt combination. 

BLAZER + DRESS IN MATCHING HUE

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@lisa.aiken

Style Notes: For winter weddings, consider making your cover-up an integral part of your outfit. Lisa Aiken expertly matches the shade of her blue dress to that of her blazer—the ultimate cool-girl occasion attire. 

LEATHER BIKER + SILK SLIP

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@_jeanettemadsen_

Style Notes: While we're on the subject, slip dresses are still all the rage right now. When you're not at weddings, we recommend wearing them with a top underneath. (Baum's floral mesh iteration is a good idea.) Then give it an edgy overhaul with a leather biker just like Scandi style guru Jeanette Madsen. 

BOMBER + THIGH SPLIT

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@ada_oguntodu

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 sexy thigh-high split with an androgynous bomber jacket and a pair of chunky trainers. Masterful. 

CROPPED + SEQUIN MINI

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@babba

Style Notes: As we inch ever closer to party season, we can no longer ignore the floods of sequins that are starting to land in our favourite shopping haunts. Echo mini hemlines with a cropped jacket, like Babba Rivera. 

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. Next up: Out of all the designer shoes, these are the ones fashion girls are wearing.