This season, I’m ditching the heavy layers of fleece and sporting cropped jackets instead. My first stop: Kenneth Cole. The salesman recommended the Stand Up charcoal sweater jacket (named for its rigid collar). It looked completely shapeless on the hanger, but once on, it had a very roomy and slightly less sloppy fit. The black stretch silk lining added some much-needed glam but not enough for me to shell out $248. 597 Broadway, at Houston St.; 212-965-0283.
The Find: Cropped Jackets
Not ready to commit to winter’s bulky parka? One seasoned shopper set out to uncover the best shrunken jackets.
Published on Dec 7, 2006 as a web exclusive.