What Do I Wear With This? Isabel Marant Jacket

Thursday, June 12, 2014 /

Do you have a great piece in your wardrobe but you never wear it because you’re not sure what to wear with it? You love it, the piece fits perfectly and it’s a great colour so why doesn’t it work?

Often the solution is right in front of you. Sometimes it’s as simple as playing in your wardrobe and experimenting with what you already have. At other times you may need to invest in one or two pieces to make it work . If this is the case think strategically as any pieces that you introduce should go with at least three other items. If you are buying something to save one piece (unless you absolutely love it), it’s probably not worth the investment.

A big thank you to Johanna for volunteering her ‘tricky’ piece  – an Isabel Marant Jacket she picked up from one of her favourite boutiques Donna Tienda in The Hague. Johanna loves the jacket but every time she wears it, it doesn’t feel quite right. We looked at the jacket from top to bottom to determine which elements of the jacket worked and didn’t work. We discovered that whilst the colour and general cut are perfect for Johanna’s shape and style, the collar and the sleeves were perhaps on the feminine side. So how do we make it work?

The piece

Edgy Etoile Isabel Marant Jacket.


How do I wear it?

I was so excited to take a look inside Johanna’s wardrobe, she has a style that I admire – simplicity with an edge and attitude. To ensure that the jacket fulfils the brief it needs to be worn with simple pieces, neutral colours and unexpected accessories.


Johanna understands the colour palette that works for her and has lots of pieces that mix and match brilliantly with the jacket. My favourite is the black leather dress from COS  (a European retailer stocking gorgeous pared back pieces), teamed with the black snake print leggings by Soaked in Luxury and the Ash pink high tops.


The other look I love is pairing the jacket with Bonds grey sweatshirt, G-Star Raw denim skirt (I want it) and the yellow belt that Johanna picked up at Vinnies (St Vincent De Paul) in Sydney.



Here are the other great pieces that we found in Johanna’s wardrobe.

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L-R: G-Star Raw Denim Skirt and Yellow Belt from Vinnies, Black Leather Dress – COS

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L-R: Brown Wedges – Gorman, Pink Heels – Johanna’s own, Silver Bracelet – Buddha To Buddha

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L-R: Sleeveless T-shirt – American Apparel, Yellow T-Shirt – COS, Grey Drape Top – Zara

If you have a ‘tricky’ item that you would love some help with please email I will be featuring one piece per month and happy to work with what you have in your wardrobe or suggest something new. 


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