winter jacketsThe idea of adding more layers to your daily get-up may send shivers – ironically – of terror down your spine. But we’re here to skewer the notion once and for all. Yes, you can actually wear a winter jacket in Singapore even when it’s hot out. And there’s no better time to do it than now – during the monsoon season. So think breezy thoughts and check out the styling tips below.

#1: Wear it as a top

winter jackets
Attico Argyle Check Coat, $4,528, Diane Von Furstenberg Bag, price unavailable, Zara Push-up Jeans, $69.90, Charles & Keith Shoes, $75.90.

Button up a belted coat and wear it as a long-line blouse. This way, you won’t technically be layering up. And yet, you’ll still look super chic as you match it with tights or skinny jeans, a pair of stylish calf boots and a statement purse to boot.

#2: Opt for a cropped jacket

winter jackets
Diane Von Furstenberg Jacket, price unavailable, Miu Miu Flats, $870, Prada Skirt, $3,080, Zara Bag, $59.90.

Cropped outerwear pieces will elongate your body when paired with layers in contrasting colours and high-waisted bottoms. Team this denim number with retro stripe patterns with an A-line midi skirt and a pair of tie-up pumps for an Autumn-perfect ensemble that’ll keep you snug come rain or shine.

#3: Team your jacket with lightweight pieces

winter jackets
Christian Siriano Crop Top, $484, Gucci Embellished Leather Tote, $4,033.65, Proenza Schouler Skirt, $729.01, Diane Von Furstenberg Jacket, price unavailable; Barbara Bui Boots, $952.

When you’ve got a jacket that’s uber thick and chunky, it’s bound to get a little sweltering in there. Offset the thickness by making sure that the rest of your outfit is as lightweight as possible. It’s best to opt for crop tops and miniskirts when you’re dealing with a furry textured puffer jacket like this one. Stick to breathable materials like cotton and twill.

#4:  Wear a coat by itself as a dress

winter jackets
Sheshops Earrings, $49, Zara Mules, $89.90, Saint Laurent Box Clutch, $7,845, Tory Burch Thelma Coat, price unavailable.

If you want to get more mileage out of your favorite outerwear in the heat, the solution is easy: Button it up and wear as a dress. It cuts back on layering, and it’s a pretty fuss-free styling hack that’ll come right into play during one of those lazy days. Go for a quaint antiquated look with a touch of chic with this opulent Tory Burch velvet coat and pair it with unadorned mules, an engraved metal box clutch and some crafty plated earrings.

#5: When all else fails, pair it with a slip dress

winter jackets
3.1 Phillip Lim Jacket, $611.34, Casadei Stiletto Heel Pumps, $812, Vince Dress, $427.04, Mehry Mu box bag, $787.

You can never go wrong with a classic 90s’ slip dress. Lightweight and slinky, this printed silk crepe de chine slip dress will go well with a cropped quilted shell jacket to give you the perfect style-plus-comfort combo during the monsoon season. If it gets a little too warm during the day, simply wear the jacket off-shoulder for an effortlessly chic take on the look.

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