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April 25, 2019 3 min read

Alicia Keys owns a Harley-Davidson vintage jacket. She says when she puts it on "it has this super cool feeling to it". The right jacket can change how you look but also how you feel.

Shopping for women's outerwear can be overwhelming, so we've picked out the essentials. Check out these 5 types of jackets every woman must have in her closet.

1. Bomber Jacket

It's a classic from the 1940s, worn by servicemen in combat. The bomber jacket has moved on. No longer military workwear, it can be every shade from sage to a tropical print.

Achieve a vintage look with a button-up shirt and jeans. Partner a bomber jacket with a T-shirt for a simpler look or make a statement with a psychedelic design and neon colors.

The cut of a bomber jacket doesn't have to be the classic loose fit. It can be close fitting for a sleeker look.

2. Denim Jacket

A jean jacket or denim jacket has been part of every cool fashion look since jeans made the leap from gold prospectors workwear to teenager's fashion statement in the 1950s. The beauty of the denim jacket is that it has been adapted, re-styled, and re-purposed again and again.

It can be short or long. Dark or light. Plain or embroidered or patterned.

This variety means that having several denim jackets is a very real option. Go for a fleece-lined denim jacket for winter warmth. Try a threadbare shorty denim jacket for summertime fun.

3. Faux Fur Jacket

An animal print of some sort is always in fashion. Faux Fur means you can wear an animal print, such as leopardskin, guilt-free.

Whether it's a thick luxurious coat or a fine short jacket, leopardskin looks stylish and sexy at the same time. Pair it with a long black skirt or skinny jeans and it works equally well.

4. Leather Jacket

A leather jacket can be an expensive purchase, especially if you want quality. Be patient and wait to find the right jacket. The cut and styling must suit you well.

With or without a collar, black leather or a neon head turner. These are just some of the decisions you have to make before choosing the leather jacket that will define you. Once you've chosen your jacket, you can wear it in so many ways.

Wear it with jeans and heels, a skirt and shirt or even with a dress. This is such a versatile item of clothing. What's more, you can wear it for many years to come.

5. A Blazer

Want a kind of jacket can you wear for the office and keep on for after-work drinks? The classic blazer meets that job specification. A safe option is a simple black blazer.

Partnered with a skirt or tailored pants for the office you can slip it off or on depending on the office temperature. Wear it over your shoulders for a casual but chic look.

With a T-shirt and jeans, the smartness of the black jacket creates a pleasing mixture of style messages. It gives you a relaxed, cool and sophisticated look all in one.

More Types of Jackets

These 5 types of jackets might seem like an exhaustive list, but nothing could be further from the truth. With wool jackets, utility jackets, quilted jackets, trench coats and more, a world of jackets is out there for you to explore.

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