It’s quite possible that you’re going to wind up in a long-tailed jacket this year.
Why, you may wonder? Well let’s consider.
The Four Factors Leading Us Toward A Long Tail
1. Michael Jackson, AKA The King of Pop
We were besieged by images of Mr. Jackson upon his unfortunate demise. Those band-leader/military jackets imprinted, and the style is making its way through our cultural consciousness – in various guises.
2. High-waisted pants
After a decade of low-rise pants, followed by a long stretch of skinny jeans, we’ve seen some high-waisted, Charlie!-ad-in-the-1970’s, inspiration recently. A high waist looks much better with a jacket that nips in at the right spot.
3. Downton Abbey
Have you seen this show on PBS? I’ve just started watching online, here. While some may succumb to a desire for fine cotton lawn, gloves, and buttoned boots, I have a scary urge to dress like one of the footmen.
Designers are picking all this up. For example:
And even better, from Bassike,
I honestly imagine the jacket worn with those baggy, high-waisted, only-a-few-centimeters-away-from-sweatpants pants. I imagine I could lounge on the sofa, lightweight cotton preventing any sofa burn from sweaty thighs, then throw on the jacket like a cool person, any time I left the house. But, of course, in that daydream I’m also 32 and Artsy.
The One Factor Holding Us Back
Public toilets. Trailing fabric. Say no more.
Michael Jackson, Purple Velvet via MyTherese
Downton Abbey via the Telegraph
Pants via Style.com Trend Report
Jackets, Elizabeth and James, Gryphon, and Rag and Bone, via Bluefly
Bassike via High Snobette