Cropped Jackets Are Officially Back for Fall

Consider it a return to form after years of oversized silhouettes.

Cropped Jackets 2023
(Image credit: Coach; Ganni; Prada)

There was a time not long ago when I never would have parted with my oversized blazer. It was my favorite fall jacket and practically a security blanket at the rate I wore it between the months of September and April. However, trends and seasons change, and so too do the pieces I reach for on a daily basis. As a person who stands at five-foot-two on a good day, I’ve been reaching for another silhouette altogether for the season ahead: A cropped jacket that hits just at my waist rather than somewhere on my middle thigh. I know—shocking. 

I’m not the only one trading in my blazers for shorter ones right now. Cropped jackets were all over the runways for the Fall/Winter 2023 season—brands like Coach, GANNI, and Prada all featured different iterations, among others—and have continued to reign in popularity amongst the street style set ever since. 

Ann Demeulemeester; AKRIS; Brandon Maxwell

(Image credit: Ann Demeulemeester; AKRIS; Brandon Maxwell)

The options run the gamut. At Coach, cropped leather jackets were paired with matching leather maxi skirts in shades of brown, black, and silver. Meanwhile, at AKRIS, traditionally feminine houndstooth options were teamed with mini skirts and black tights for a preppy look that you can wear after you’ve graduated grade school. GANNI and Prada both showed sportier versions made from either nylon or denim that are perfect for day-to-day wear. On the other end of the sartorial spectrum, Ann Demeulemeester showed dramatic fur jackets and teamed them with silky slip skirts in the same hue, while Brandon Maxwell showed similarly short blazers with longer shorts.

The Best Cropped Jackets

How to Style Cropped Jackets

I turned to Zoe Gofman, a celebrity stylist who has worked with Shanina Shaik and Adriana Lima, for her insight on making the piece work for your closet ahead of the fall season. "The first thing that comes to mind when styling a cropped jacket would be to put on a cropped button-down with a mid to long-ish skirt," she says. "I would pair it with chunky loafers or a chunkier boot and top it off with the cropped jacket."

However, Gofman notes that cropped jackets are a versatile addition to any wardrobe. "You can really style cropped jackets in many ways: with a short skirt, cool trousers, and a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans," she continues. 

Meet The Expert

Zoe Gofman

Zoe ‘Zaz’ Gofman, is a New York and Los Angeles-based fashion stylist, wardrobe stylist, personal shopper and creative consultant. She is known for marrying her bold flair with her love for vintage pieces and the classic crispness of French fashion. 

Growing up spending her summers in France, Zaz was continually immersed in and inspired by international fashion trends at a young age. She curated and refined her stylistic eye throughout young adulthood by sourcing and sewing textiles, working at local clothing stores, and being hired as a personal shopper in her hometown of New York City. 

In addition, her passion for fashion, zaz possess a unique musical talent and went on to college at Tulane University, with the long-term goal of entering the music industry. Graduating from Tulane in 2020, Zaz began to think about ways to merge her creative interests as she sought to lay the foundation for her career path. However, that career path found her. Zaz’s intrepid style and unmatched confidence turned heads when she attended NYFW in September of 2021, catching the eye of big industry names and landing her a job as Shanina Shaik’s wardrobe stylist. since then, Zaz has taken on several additional clients including Adriana Lima, Meredith Duxbury, Elisha Herbert, Charlotte McKinney and more as well as styling for various brand campaigns and contributing her style expertise in articles for InStyle, Harper’s BAZAAR, People, etc. Whether she is styling someone for a night or dressing an entire brand campaign, Zoe is devoted to creating timeless looks that capture not only a moment, but also the people in that moment, and making them feel like they’re the only one in the room. 

Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.