Style Advice for the Penny Jacket

This short oversized jacket with wide sleeves that only just reach the wrist can be tailored to the season. Use a warm fabric or lined, faux fur to make a winter version. For a version that’s a little more summery, use a thinner fabric without lining for this model. Below you can find more style advice for each of the body types.

Penny for 8-types / full hourglass

The straight shape of the Penny jacket doesn’t make it a great match for these shapes. Still, it is possible to wear the jacket nicely. Make sure that the jacket sits above the widest zone of your body. An example of this would be just over the hips. A shorter sleeve length (3/4) will subtly draw focus to the waist. Here how to shorten your sleeves. Opt for a light, supple fabric. This softens the look and combines perfectly with a slender belt to create a waist.

Penny for H-types / the wide rectangles

Create the illusion of a waist by using color contrasts throughout. For the jacket, for example, opt for a hunter green and combine this with a soft beige top. The lighter color pulls the focus toward the center of the body. Tip: narrow the sleeves a little to give your body a more delicate look. The pattern book will explain how to modify your sleeves.

Penny for V-types / the inverted triangles

Wide sleeves that hang at hip level can provide some counterweight to your narrower hips. Definitely make sure the sleeves are long enough! Here we explain how to lengthen your sleeves. Keeping the focus off your upper body is key here, so lengthen the jacket where necessary a little past the hipbones. Fabrics with little or no texture are recommended. Opt for dark and calm colors to detract from attention to your upper body. And be sure to combine it with light-colored bootcut pants to make sure your silhouette is well balanced.

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Penny for X-types / neat hourglass

The straight shape of the Penny jacket doesn’t make it a great match for these shapes. Still, it is possible to wear the jacket nicely. Make sure that the jacket sits above the widest zone of your body. An example of this would be just over the hips. A shorter sleeve length (3/4) will subtly draw focus to the waist. Here you can find out how to shorten your sleeves. Opt for a light, supple fabric. This softens the look and combines perfectly with a slender belt to create a waist.

Penny for O-types / the apples

This one is fantastic for apples. Without a collar or eye-catching fastenings, this jacket creates vertical lines that create a slimming effect in the stomach area. Opt for a delicate print and combine it with a plain top, or vice versa. Don’t make the jacket too short. Hip length is just perfect for avoiding extra volume around the stomach. Here we explain how to lengthen the pattern. The jacket needs to be at least hip length, so definitely not too short. The idea is to avoid extra volume around the stomach. As an apple, you're best off going for narrower sleeves and a pale, stretchy fabric. Stay away from too much texture and taught fabrics.

Penny for A-types / the pears

The straight shape of the Penny jacket doesn’t make it a great match for pear shapes. Would you still like to dazzle in it anyway? If so, make sure that the jacket sits above the widest zone of your body. An example of this would be just over the hips. Draw attention to your upper body by selecting a textured fabric, one with a print, or a light or striking color. Tip: combine the jacket with a pair of wide-leg pants or an A-line skirt. For the lower body go for a darker or plainer color.

Penny for I-types / the slim rectangle

Anything that creates volume to your figure is more than welcome. Obviously that means the wide sleeves are exactly what you need. Go for a textured or printed fabric. And combine the jacket with wide-leg pants or a skirt. By doing that you create good proportions for not just part of your figure, but all of it!

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