Compare and Contrast — The Best Jackets With Contrast Sleeves
Black and white. Shiny and matte. Sheer and opaque. Some of the most exciting fashion confections arise when seemingly contradictory aesthetic concepts are fused together, thereby creating a deliberate incongruity that somehow looks harmonious and natural. This is certainly the case for this season’s contrast-sleeved jacket trend. Rather than rely on a single texture or color, many of the season’s coats, parkas, and jackets feature sleeves in a different shade or, even more remarkable, in a different material altogether. Sporty denim jackets, for instance, are given a badass biker vibe via the incorporation of black leather sleeves. Military-inspired twill parkas are jazzed up via tribal-flavored, cozy knit sleeves or shimmering, sequin-covered sleeves. Even cashmere wool and demure boucle pieces tip-toe into modernity via sleek, Femme Fatale-worthy leather sleeves. Check out some of the season’s favorite contrast sleeve jackets and see why we’re loving the trend!
Generation Love Gold/Leather Combo Jacket, $395. Available at IntermixOnline.com
Featuring a gold metallic boucle bodice and a dramatic, high stand-up collar, this jacket dances with the risqué and rambunctious thanks to its faux leather sleeves.
Topshop Contrast Sleeves Army Jacket, $130. Available at Us.Topshop.com
Military motifs are synonymous with downtown cool, but this jacket ups the ante by taking the traditional olive-colored army parka silhouette, with its two front pouch pockets and zippered details, and replacing the sleeves with faux leather ones.
IRO Anabela Asymmetric Leather Biker Jacket, $1200. Available at Net-a-Porter.com
Rather than incorporating different textures and finishes, this IRO number relies on color to create the desired effect. Crafted out of fine lambskin, this biker style jacket features a plum-colored bodice, black sleeves, an asymmetrical zipper along the front, epaulet details at the shoulders with snap-on buttons, four zippered pockets., and buckle fasteners along the sides.
Bally Silk-Muslin and Leather Parka, $1075. Available at TheOutnet.com
This swing-shaped parka features a sand-colored, silk bodice with four front patch pockets featuring black button fasteners, a row of leather-covered buttons along the center, and black lambskin leather along the sleeves and back panel.
Rag & Bone Jean Jacket With Leather Sleeves, $495. Available at ScoopNYC.com
Two staples in every woman’s closet — the tumbled, worn-in, slightly faded denim jacket and the fluid, slick, black leather jacket — are fused together in this rocker-flavored Rag & Bone piece.
Maison Scotch Knit Sleeve Army Jacket, $290. available at NeimanMarcus.com
Two dominant trends — military influences and Southwestern-flavored prints — come together in this Maison Scotch jacket, which features a twill body with two front snap pockets juxtaposed against patterned knit sleeves with ribbed cuffs. The serrated diamond pattern at the elbows recalls traditional Navajo textile motifs, adding a Bohemian vibe to the piece.
AllSaints Keaton Jacket, $395. Available at US.AllSaints.com
Like the Rag & Bone number shown above, this AllSaints piece fuses together leather and denim, but does so in a slightly dressier fashion thanks to the darker blue wash of the denim bodice, the quilted detail of the soft lamb leather sleeves, and the addition of a faux shearling collar.