I was in Milan for work recently and bought two beautiful jackets. Now I’m not sure what to wear them with. I was wear­ing jeans when I tried them on but I was hoping to get more use out of them than that.
Trail Blazer, Wan Chai

The Dictator rules: Rookie mistake. Never buy anything until you have considered what you will be wearing it with. The good news is we live in a messed-up world. All the rules seem to have gone out the window. No, I’m still talking about jackets, people.

For years, women have been wearing them how­ever they please. Some, such as American actress Blake Lively, have repeatedly forgone the bottom half altogether. Her recent appearance at Cinema­Con, in Las Vegas, was in a Sonia Rykiel double-breasted, navy tuxedo jacket marketed as a mini dress. Jason Wu, Theory and Boohoo all do “blazer dresses”. Make wise lingerie choices on the day, please.

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Many a fashion blogger pairs their favour­ite jacket with cut-off jeans. We like the neatness of Chloé’s tailored, dark indigo denim shorts with contrast cream stitching (HK$6,000). The pre-frayed type is widely available, too, by brands such as Topshop (HK$349 and up), Frame Denim (HK$1,450; Lane Crawford) and M.I.H. Jeans (HK$1,358; Net-a-Porter).

Moving towards decency, you could pair your prized purchases with trousers; create contrast with print or a different colour. Although wide-legged trousers are de rigueur, a straight or slim leg line will look better on 99 per cent of you. Whatever your preferred type of trouser, you’ll find them all at By Malene Birger (HK$1,705 and up; Net-a-Porter). Feminine dresses, such as Alessandra Rich’s tea gowns (HK$16,830 and up; Farfetch), are another popular item to pair with the mascu­linity of a jacket.


It’s a bit of an odd question but where can I get a yellow necklace? It’s for a party with a yellow, black and white theme. I don’t even like yellow and it looks terrible on me!
Yellow, Hello NO, Central

The Dictator: Good idea. Yellow doesn’t suit you, so wear it as close to your face as possible. If you were wise, you would skip the necklace entirely. Wear a yellow belt. No, wait, I forgot most women don’t show their waists any more. Banish the yellow then, to your feet, with a pair of shoes. Not listening, are you? Fine. Les Nereides does sophisticated, “Citrine Yellow” hand-faceted glass and gold-plated brass necklaces, from a 38cm choker (HK$1,250) to a longer, opera length of 80cm (HK$5,700).

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Really, the least you could have done would have been to tell me more about the party. For example, if you’d said it was a kid’s construction site party, I’d have sent you to a local hard­ware store for some of that plastic chain they sell for a pittance. Or maybe an ele­vated version to suit other occasions, too, such as Alexis Bittar’s lucite link necklace (HK$2,069; Nordstrom).

Isabel Marant has added flowers to her spring/summer 2018 chain-link plastic necklace (HK$8,594; matchesfashion. com). Marni’s jewellery has a sort of luxe arts and crafts look about it – you might like this season’s geometric formations of yellow, black and white plastic beads on a red leather cord (HK$3,900). You might also like Tina Lilienthal’s tropical quartz bib necklace in white quartz with neon-yellow perspex (HK$3,124; anthropologie.com). Mixing colours is a cunning way to be on theme, but maintain your yellow-despising integrity.