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Here’s a guide to curating an arsenal of jackets based on your personality type. 


by Lindsay Samson

Sept 14, 2020

Whether a classic style or a new spin on an old favourite, a jacket is the kind of garment you buy with the intention of wearing for the long term, so choosing the one that is just right for you is a serious undertaking. With so many styles from which to select, making that choice can be a daunting task. There are fabrics to consider, lengths to ponder and even more minor details (like whether you prefer button fastenings or zips) to assess. But, the beauty of this challenge is that once you've found the piece, you probably won't need to look again for a very long time.

With a little savvy, the jacket you select this season can pull off the double duty of carrying you right through the year and also telegraphing your overall persona. Read on to find the outerwear picks that best match/complement your personal style. Shop the full collection, here.


Photo: Richie Diamond Hooded Jacket, Orange Culture

The Laidback Lady

First of all, let's start off by affirming that casual is not synonymous with dull. In this case, the adjective refers to the laid-back qualities a garment can carry including unfussy silhouettes, simple cuts and—most importantly—comfort. If casual dressing is your forte, it’s hard to go wrong with an understated style like the bomber jacket. With its iconic, soft silhouette and lightweight nature, Kahindo’s brightly patterned variations—as well as Taibo Bacar’s iteration—are incredibly easy to wear, and can be quickly thrown on top of a simple sneaker and jeans without disrupting the look’s ease. There’s also the Richie Diamond Hooded Jacket by Orange Culture which is as relaxed and unpretentious as it gets. Fashioned in Lagos and rendered in deep shades of black and blue, it’s a choice that is both polished and easy-going.

Indigo Bouffant Sleeve Vest
Indigo Bouffant Sleeve Vest
Indigo Bouffant Sleeve Vest

Awa Meité

Indigo Bouffant Sleeve Vest

$300
Mandevo Bomber Jacket
Mandevo Bomber Jacket
Mandevo Bomber Jacket
Mandevo Bomber Jacket

Taibo Bacar

Mandevo Bomber Jacket

$445
Red Tie-Dye Bomber Jacket
Red Tie-Dye Bomber Jacket
Red Tie-Dye Bomber Jacket

Kahindo

Red Tie-Dye Bomber Jacket

$179
Richie Diamond Hooded Jacket
Richie Diamond Hooded Jacket
Richie Diamond Hooded Jacket
Richie Diamond Hooded Jacket
Richie Diamond Hooded Jacket
Richie Diamond Hooded Jacket

Orange Culture

Richie Diamond Hooded Jacket

$307


Photo: Kimono, Awa Meité

The Boho Babe

The spritely fairy of fashion, you’re partial to flowers in your hair, swanning around barefoot, and are rarely seen wearing a pair of trousers. An artistic, bohemian soul who was born to wander, the pieces you select to throw over yourself mirror your personality. Consider a flowing kimono, like that of Malian designer Awa Meité. Crafted from cotton and handwoven Akwete textile panels (a hand woven textile produced in Nigeria’s Igboland), this floor-sweeping jacket is a romantic shot of lightweight glamor, a sublime example of what is an enduringly influential piece. Meité’s Indigo Bouffant Sleeve Vest is also a real statement-maker; when coupled with a floor-length, tiered skirt is both practical and attention-grabbing. If it’s a strong dose of sunshine that’s in order, Kahindo’s Pleated Yellow Duster Jacket provides just such radiance. Part of the brand’s 10th anniversary collection, this flattering coverall looks best with a pair of delicate summer sandals and linen trousers, its warmth and whimsy speaking to the free spirited dresser.

Kimono
Kimono
Kimono

Awa Meité

Kimono

$247
Sirene Kimono
Sirene Kimono
Sirene Kimono

Diarrablu

Sirene Kimono

$145
Navy and Green Silk Kimono
Navy and Green Silk Kimono
Navy and Green Silk Kimono
Navy and Green Silk Kimono

Studio 189

Navy and Green Silk Kimono

$725
Pleated Yellow Duster Jacket
Pleated Yellow Duster Jacket
Pleated Yellow Duster Jacket
Pleated Yellow Duster Jacket

Kahindo

Pleated Yellow Duster Jacket

$411


Photo: Red Ayumi BlazerStudio 189

The Sophisticated Soul

As someone who is devoted to all things elegant and chic, you’re the furthest thing from a fickle fashionista, turning instead to items that are classic and will stand the test of time. You favor refinement over trendiness, grace over glitter, and for these very reasons, the blazer is your best friend, Finely tailored and perfectly polished, it’s a power piece—one that takes on many forms. Take a look at Nigerian designer Emmy Kasbit’s Tribal Lace Blazer; cut from a subtly patterned, pinky-peach lace and featuring a soft cotton lining, it exudes an inherent elegance and formality. Still, Kasbit’s style is pared back enough not to overwhelm, the pastel shade lending the structured blazer a paradoxical softness. A little less understated is the designer’s Okawa Jacket, which is a fantastic blend of bold lines, vibrant colors and standout textures. Studio 189’s double-breasted version of the blazer on the other hand, is a cool, off-kilter incarnation that’s long and lean in silhouette. Whether you’re drawn to the black and white version or the green version, both offer the coverage you need and the timeless elegance that a sophisticated soul like you would expect. Wear either of these pieces over a figure-hugging slip dress, then add your favorite pair heels for a sleek look, or try mixing in a pair of trousers or pencil skirt in a corresponding shade for a business-chic ensemble that exudes authority.

Peach Tribal Lace Blazer
Peach Tribal Lace Blazer
Peach Tribal Lace Blazer
Peach Tribal Lace Blazer

Emmy Kasbit

Peach Tribal Lace Blazer

$150
The Okawa Jacket
The Okawa Jacket
The Okawa Jacket
The Okawa Jacket

Emmy Kasbit

The Okawa Jacket

$220
Red Ayumi Blazer
Red Ayumi Blazer
Red Ayumi Blazer
Red Ayumi Blazer

Studio 189

Red Ayumi Blazer

$325
Monochrome Double-Breasted Blazer
Monochrome Double-Breasted Blazer
Monochrome Double-Breasted Blazer
Monochrome Double-Breasted Blazer

Studio 189

Monochrome Double-Breasted Blazer

$575


Photo: Batkara Layered CoatLisa Folawiyo

The Daredevil

With your try-anything attitude, as the Daredevil you probably have the most fun getting dressed out of everyone. There’s nothing too intimidating or dramatic for this archetype; everything is on the table, including heavily clashing prints. Nigerian designer Lisa Folawiyo’s maxi-length Batkara Layered Coat and Pleated Coat Dress are great examples of patterned pieces that look great together. Crafted from luxurious and Ankara textiles, her coat’s varying shades of deep blue and green create a kaleidoscope effect that’s enhanced through intricate diamante fringe detailing, while the coat dress boldly experiments with pleating and silhouettes, demonstrating the label’s panache for outer layers. An equally assertive statement piece is the J'al Jacket by Kenyan label, Kiko Romeo. Created in collaboration with Sudanese artist Eltayeb Dawel Bait who hand-painted the garment with bleach, this cropped jacket is, quite literally, wearable art. Try wearing any one of these selections with a simple crop top and high-waisted jeans: plain colors and silhouettes will ensure the jacket you choose remains the focal point of your ensemble.

Pleated Coat Dress
Pleated Coat Dress
Pleated Coat Dress
Pleated Coat Dress
Pleated Coat Dress

Lisa Folawiyo

Pleated Coat Dress

$1,080
J'al Jacket
J'al Jacket
J'al Jacket
J'al Jacket
J'al Jacket

KikoRomeo

J'al Jacket

$280
Coast Long-Line Jacket
Coast Long-Line Jacket
Coast Long-Line Jacket
Coast Long-Line Jacket
Coast Long-Line Jacket

NKWO

Coast Long-Line Jacket

$775
Peacock Midi Coat
Peacock Midi Coat
Peacock Midi Coat
Peacock Midi Coat

Christie Brown

Peacock Midi Coat

$300


Photo:  Embroidery CoatTaibo Bacar

The Avant-Garde Admirer

Always on the hunt for the what’s next in the world of experimental design? A superfan of designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Rick Owens? Fascinated by innovative designers who push the envelope and go against the grain? Well then, it would seem that you’re something of an “Avant-Garde Admirer.” If this is you, let that experimental spirit and imagination of yours be captured by the Embroidery Coat by Taibo Bacar. Completely black save a flourish of gold embroidery that festoons its back, it’s an audacious piece that announces the wearer's presence with no fear. Pair the coat with a white shirt and matching trousers to create a cool, monochrome palette, then offset the look with bold gold jewelry. An equally enchanting piece, the unexpected elements of the Embroidered Short-Sleeve Blazer by Ghanaian womenswear brand Christie Brown endear it to those who boldly embrace experimentation and innovation in their manner of dress. A piece that feels more inspired by sculpture than by utilitarianism, its classical tailoring is complimented by its meandering patterns, while its white embroidery detailing and vivid colors draw the eye in. Finally, there’s the Barkcloth Long-Sleeve Jacket by IAMISIGO. Made from Barkcloth (a fabric made by harvesting the inner bark of Uganda’s native Mutuba tree during the country’s wet season), fully-lined and featuring an on-trend, boxy silhouette, it’s a luxurious, ethically-produced head turner. Once again, we recommend keeping the rest of your look simple; afterall, this singular piece is the epitome of one that speaks for itself.

Barkcloth Long-Sleeve Jacket
Barkcloth Long-Sleeve Jacket
Barkcloth Long-Sleeve Jacket
Barkcloth Long-Sleeve Jacket
Barkcloth Long-Sleeve Jacket

IAMISIGO

Barkcloth Long-Sleeve Jacket

$588
Embroidered Short-Sleeve Blazer
Embroidered Short-Sleeve Blazer
Embroidered Short-Sleeve Blazer
Embroidered Short-Sleeve Blazer

Christie Brown

Embroidered Short-Sleeve Blazer

$350
Coast Coat
Coast Coat
Coast Coat
Coast Coat

NKWO

Coast Coat

$495
Embroidery Coat
Embroidery Coat
Embroidery Coat
Embroidery Coat
Embroidery Coat

Taibo Bacar

Embroidery Coat

$704