Flattering Spring Jacket For An Ample Shape!

Hey everyone! Well, this light jacket is the first item I’ve bought in 2018 and how pretty is it? I am looking for spring items that will freshen up my wardrobe and can maybe take me into summer, or at least be good for another season besides spring. This jacket will work for all four seasons. Can you imagine it in fall with some rusts and olive colored items? Or in winter with black or gray? It’s going to be easy to layer and super versatile. I’m excited that this was my first purchase!

Spring Jacket that works for an apple shape, over 40 woman! whenthegirlsrule.com

This color is flattering for most coloring and lightens up any outfit. The cut is really important so let’s analyze that. The front drapes down in a waterfall, covering your bust and tummy without looking like you’re trying to cover them. The most flattering aspect to this jacket is where both the lapels end at the bottom, right where my waist is. Look at the picture above and see how the lapels kinda give the idea that my waist goes in at that point? As you know it doesn’t, but it draws the eye and your mind to a conclusion that my waist is slimmer.

Spring Jacket that works for an apple shape, over 40 woman! whenthegirlsrule.com

Having this little bit of stitching in the back gives the sweater some shape. Without this back stitching the fabric would be really flowy and rippling in the wind. Here I get a hint of a waist from the behind view. And do you see it has pockets too? I love that!

Spring Jacket that works for an apple shape, over 40 woman! whenthegirlsrule.com

I messed around with the lapel size too and am showing both versions above. The larger lapel (on the left side as you look at this picture) ends at the waist which I like, but the smaller lapel (on the right side) draws less attention to my bust and makes it look smaller, I think. I could have had the lapels fold to the inside so it would hang straighter down and less waterfally. That would give a slim column look. Definitely play around with the lapels if you have an item like this in your wardrobe.

Spring Jacket that works for an apple shape, over 40 woman! whenthegirlsrule.com

And lastly, let’s talk about fabric. This is the faux suede in the front, but a really light version. In fact, the back panel and sleeves are a stretchy knit, but it’s not noticeable that they are different. It’s perfect fabric to push the sleeves up for a 3/4 length which is not only flattering but cooler to wear when it warms up. They have a similar, longer jacket in light blue  and another similar jacket in beautiful lilac, if you’re interested. I’m wearing a size three in Chico’s brand and remember to think about the price as a “cost per wear” when shopping.

You may have noticed that I got my hair cut and colored. If you are a regular reader, you know that my natural white hair often turns yellow from the sun or from hard water or from whatever. This is especially noticeable in the winter when I’m not in the sun much and the line between the yellow and white hair is super noticeable. What I’ve done in the past (and I’ve tried many different salons and stylists) is to try to get the yellow out (never worked) and then color my whole head of hair more of an ashen color (see here). This unfortunately made my hair gray rather than the bright white which is the natural color (which I love) and it would give me kind of a darker haze around my face, sometimes purpley, sometimes greenish. Either way, I was always disappointed.

I have finally found a stylist with a great solution: highlights! No one had ever recommended that before and all it did was make the yellow color white and was only applied to the yellow hair. The rest of my hair was left to do it’s own thing! She actually only did about half of the hair that had the yellow but it blended in to appear white. Next time we’ll do more hair and hopefully all of the yellow will be gone, though as I’m out in the sun I know it will continue to turn yellow. She applied a toner after the highlights (which I’m not sure what that does) but if you have the same issue with the yellow in your white hair and you’ve been unhappy with the full dye job, you may want to consider highlights.

Ok, that’s it for today. I’m in North Carolina for the next couple of weeks and it’s going to be in the seventies here today! We’re heading up to visit my sister in Durham this weekend which is always big fun. Don’t forget about the blog birthday party request and I look forward to seeing all of your beautiful selves! Happy weekend everyone!

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  1. Julia, I live in Raleigh, NC. It’s very close to your sister in Durham! Would love to meet you in person for lunch sometimes when you are in the area.

  2. I had planned to let my hair go naturally gray but once it started happening I didn’t like the result. I asked my stylist what I could do that wouldn’t appear “desperate” and she suggested “lowlights.” Instead of highlights, she put in some streaks of my natural brown. It warmed up my iron-gray and didn’t make a harsh color line as it grew out.

    I love that jacket!

    1. That’s a great idea! I cut my hair super short when I let it grow out so it didn’t have the “line” for very long and I kept cutting it shorter and shorter. I’ve seen a lot of women do the highlights or lowlights or going blond before the gray. As I write this I’m realizing how much women do to mange their natural aging. Hmmmmmm

  3. I really love that jacket on you and, even though I wasn’t sure it would work with my coloring, I had to check out Chico’s immediately. The cut, as shown on you, was wonderfully flattering but I still wasn’t sure about the color (I mostly wear black and brights) but the lovely ladies at Chico’s kept bringing tops for me to try to prove it would work for me. They really got me out of my comfort zone with this one but I love it. So, the jacket, some tops, and a large necklace and I’m set to go. Thanks so much for the recommendation. It really helps to have someone with a similar shape as mine show what will work for us!

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