Anyone who ever goes to a job interview in the United States needs a suit jacket. I am officially taking that unwritten rule and writing it down. Perhaps it lingers from our 60s formal past, or met somewhere in the middle when women began demanding equal job choices in the job market (though we’ve a ways to go for equal pay.) As it is, it’s our unofficial “non uniform” work uniform, and at least for this spring and fall will also be a fashion statement option of sorts. Bohemians can fake serious by adding a jacket to their flowy ensembles, and people who always dress that way can be confused as to why everyone keeps asking them for a reference to their tailors.
By the way, apparently most clothing stores sort of expect us to get a tailor. This explains a lot.
I’d like to note that an up and coming trend is that of contrast jackets. These aren’t quite the same as color blocking: usually it’s just the trim on a lapel or something similar.