Oh, what to wear when it’s too warm for a coat but too cool to go without? Why, a Spring jacket of course.
This post is a better-late-then-never. I started it about five times last week – but then things got in the way (like falling asleep/piles of domestic admin and ironing etc). Which actually might have worked out very well.Because the sun was beaming down, which would have rendered this almost redundant. Because if you had been wearing a jacket this weekend, you’d be shrugging it off with alacrity. My legs (after a speedy application of fake tan) have been out. But then I remember this is ye merrie England and a coat is a seasonal must at any juncture between March and November and Monday is due to be about 10 degrees cooler than Sunday. So on I go.
Your options here are pretty clear: a trench (newsflash: it doesn’t have to be beige), a khaki shacket (yes, this shacket item is a Thing, apparently), a denim jacket. Ideally, you’d have one of each (ah, these ideal worlds we’d like to inhabit…)
The advantage of the shacket is – being khaki – you’re not going to be doing double denim (I’m aware this isn’t for everyone, what with the shades of Dolly P/throwback associations. Neither of these are a bad thing – but they might not be your thing.) It also dresses down pretty much any outfit.
I am a huge fan of the trench. I have the classic version in beige, but right now its being reinvented all over the shops. I love this twist on a classic from Zara (also see it in pink), this Next khaki trench, and this gingham version from Preen at Debenhams.
I love a denim jacket. Mine is an old-but-good version from Gap and I fling it on over everything. It works so well over a dress or to toughen up something pretty-pretty. You don’t want anything too fitted here (now that would be retro). Head to Gap (try the men’s department, too) or this from M&S looks good – and this from JCrew is pretty much perfect. If you want something more summery, try the one from Hush below (sold out on their site, but available at John Lewis).
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