The Smart Cropped Jacket

The reign of the boyfriend blazer is over. Cropped jackets with cool, feminine details are having a moment this summer.

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The reign of long boyfriend blazers seemed to come to an end this season, with smart cropped jackets in cool, modern cuts ruling the runway. Peter Som paired this square, zip-front number in a bold shade of pink with one of his splashy printed bikinis.
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Derek Lam added a sophisticated feel to flimsy cotton sundreses by pairing them with structured short-sleeve jackets with modern geometric details.
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With rounded shoulders and navy piping, Carolina Herrera's smart tweed jackets for springtime were dead on trend styled with the brand's signature floral-printed gowns and evening looks.
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Karen Walker's printed cotton blazers were in step with the New Zealand designer's quirky sense of style layered over argyle turtlenecks and wide culottes.
Like Karen Walker's, this printed jacket from Topshop had a cheeky, schoolgirl appeal, with pajama-style details like an unusually short lapel and extra pockets at the front. $110 at Topshop.
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Trimmed in luxe white beading and silk fringe, Oscar de la Renta's cropped tweed jacket is a top-notch investment piece that will stay in style season after season.
Boxy but still flattering, Phillip Lim paired this cropped silk jacket in ivory with a pastel violet tank and creamsicle-colored trousers.
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Marc Jacobs explored granny-chic in his playful spring collection, layering mixed gingham and plaids like the black and white motif on this dainty cropped jacket with brightly colored separates and long pencil skirts.
Carven's cropped wool peacoat in turquoise will see you through late summer and into the fall with a pair of high-waisted black jeans and classic black ankle boots. $795 at Net-a-Porter.
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We're loving collarless jackets this season, and nobody did the look better than Dior, where this bracelet-sleeve jacket was styled with a frothy mini skirt in ballet pink and a sheer black button-down blouse.
If you're looking to make a statement, Isabel Marant's outrageous tie-dyed and embellished jacket is a can't-miss this season. While the piece looks lightweight, it's actually somewhat sturdier than you'd think, rendered in thick quilted silk.
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Dries Van Noten is a master of the subtly chic cropped jacket, and this spring the designer outdid himself with this black and marled gray number in a floaty A-line cut with subtle moto-jacket detailing.
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A classic cropped jacket in black like this one from Band of Outsiders is a necessary closet staple for New York ladies on the go who don't want to fuss over their work-to-dinner ensembles. $515 at La Garconne.
Understated yet striking, Chloe paired this cropped bracelet-sleeve jacket in nude silk with a collarless white blouse and floaty white shorts.
Of course, nobody does itty-bitty jackets like Karl Lagerfeld, who modernized this ivory tweed number with an exaggerated white collar and pearly white buttons.
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