It’s the season to bring out the most versatile piece of clothing in your wardrobe, i.e. a jacket. The versatility of jackets allows them to be combined in different ways with different dressing styles.

Jackets need not necessarily adhere to their traditional function of weather protection – they are available in different designs that allow them to be paired with other outfits as style pieces.

Here are five ways you can use jackets for various occasions in combination with different types of garments:

 Jacket with a Slip Dress

Jacket slip dress
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A white sleeveless midi jacket paired with a full-length white slip dress is the perfect attire for an event such as an office brunch or family get-together. Pair it with matching comfortable sandals and you are good to go!

Jacket with a Lehenga

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Fusion attire has gained momentum in mainstream conversation, as designers, stylists and celebrities become bolder in their fashion choices. Indian and western clothing is no longer demarcated with a strict line, as both styles reflect different cultural values. For wedding functions or ceremonies related to it, Indian attire is a prerequisite. However, a midi jacket or a bomber jacket paired with a whimsical organza lehenga and bustier/blouse has become a popular fashion trend during the recent wedding seasons.

Jacket with a Top & Trousers 

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Jackets are the perfect accessories to keep you comforted in style during casual events, birthdays, concerts, outings with friends, etc. Dark skin-fit jeans paired with a tucked-in top fits nicely with a jacket, which completes the look of the attire.

Wide leg trousers with a complimentary shirt and jacket

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For formal looks, one cannot go wrong with a jacket that is designed for office wear. Black blazer tends to be the most common consumer choice in this segment as black is expected to go along with every colour. However, a white tucked-in formal full-sleeved shirt along with wide-leg trousers or a palazzo that can be paired with a pastel coloured sleeveless midi jacket also offers a formal, professional yet engaging look.

Skirt with a top or a body-con dress paired with a jacket

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One can pair the jacket with a pleated/denim/pencil skirt along with a crop-top or a bustier. Also, a knee-length body-con dress along with a jacket also helps in providing an effortless yet a chick look. With this look mastered, one can chill out with their friends while clubbing, attending concerts, and even rock a casual dinner date.

The author of this story, Ayesha Kalyaniwalla is a co-founder of U/A.