Behind the Seams: Stay One Zip Ahead with Jacket Styling Tips from Rebecca Taylor

Our NEW feature, Behind the Seams, kicks off with the effortlessly cool New York Fashion Week darling Rebecca Taylor talking to The Thread on upgrading your sartorial repertoire with the jacket.

Modernity, color and a refined approach to ladylike dressing are the hallmarks of Rebecca Taylor’s eponymous label. For 16 years, “it” girls and the fashion savvy have looked to Taylor for designs that enhance their individual sense of style.

As temperatures drop, The Thread turns to Taylor to get her fresh and decisively contemporary point of view on stylizing the jacket, fall’s ultimate fashion fix. “I particularly love fall weather because there is more opportunity for versatility in your wardrobe,” says the New York-based New Zealand transplant. “Layering is key for fall. I love layering jackets atop sweaters. Outerwear in general brings another element and texture to your look.”

Rebecca Taylor Neon Tweed Jacket

When it comes to jacket trends, Taylor says she “really loves sharp and leather-trimmed jackets at the moment. Modern, urban details like zips and studs keep it feeling cool.” Once you find the jacket you cannot live without, the focus comes down to fit. “You want to make sure your jacket fits properly on your shoulders so that it’s not disproportionate. Also, you want to make sure the length is right; you don’t want it to be too cropped since you want it to feel modern,” she explains. Accessories are also quite necessary for personalizing your jacket style. If you were to spot Taylor dashing about the Big Apple, she probably would be accenting her jacket with a “Chanel bag, Pierre Hardy boots and Rebecca Taylor scarf.”

Rebecca Taylor Sequin Jacket

Honing in on the right look for Taylor comes down to building a wardrobe that reflects your personality. “I think the girl I design for is a bit more feminine than myself, but my individual style is still in the DNA of the collection,” she reveals. A close look at Taylor’s DNA shows a sequence of playful silhouettes and touchable textures that celebrities and hipsters alike adore. “I feel lucky to be able to do what I love each day, and seeing Kate Middleton in my designs was a big moment for me, as I’ve been of fan of hers since she came on the scene.”

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Interview by Qianna Smith | Photo credit: Rebecca Taylor shot by Arno Frugier

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  • Mosella November 6, 2012, 6:40 am

    Excellant review. I really love this look. Keep up the good work.
    M. Smith-Harris

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