I like jackets.
I do not like cardigans. I am simply unable to wear them. Just looking at them makes me age a decade. I have tried all the ways I can think of trying them. Belted makes me want to scream; the double whammy of looking like someone’s grandma and feeling like I have put on a straight jacket. “Thrown on” just looks silly. Photos tell me that the chunkier the cardigan the more success I have. Indeed the more jacket like the cardigan. So I tend to just stick to jackets. Jackets, I can wear. Lucky that.
I’m a big fan of leather jackets and have several; All Saints grey (currently residing with one of my fortunate sisters), pale caramel from Mint Velvet, Massimo Dutti red and black from Zara.
Denim jackets are brilliant. I often use one in the warmer months to “dress down” a frock but the English summer is rarely hot enough to banish jeans and I don’t really like doing double denim. The best I’ve found was from H&M a few years ago though one of my sisters has had good success with a Next one.
Anyway, this is about neither denim nor leather jackets but Other Jackets. I’m very lucky to have been given this lovely Zara yellow pleather trimmed jacket by Sarah WornOut. It arrived on a very grey day and brightened me up no end. I can be a bit soppy with clothes. I like them even more when I have the thought that a friend gave them to me.
I’m the proud new owner of this ASOS fluro jacket too. It’s quite thin and cardiganesque without being a cardigan.
I will wear it with ripped jeans and a grey tshirt, like this.
ASOS jacket, old Zara boyfriend jeans, Gap Sunkissed sweatshirt
ASOS don’t have it on line anymore but they do have some lovely jackets in. I think these are worthy of further investigation.
And if this ASOS jacket is a good take on this Helmut Lang coat (my favourite jacket of all time), it may have to be mine.
I have got in on the quilted action with this grey quilted biker jacket from Next. As regular readers will know, Next and I are not the best of buddies. I adore this jacket though and have wanted to wear it every day I have owned it, even though the weather hasn’t been kind to us yet.
Their website photo
and me in it.
My final new offering is this black jacket from H&M. They did this style last year as well and have it in at least five colours. You can’t see the pattern properly from the main photo, it is a lace print. I have an orange one from last year – they are very easy to wear.
H&M black jacket
H&M jacket print detail
Finally, I bought this Baukjen Kate silver sequin draped jacket towards the end of last summer (blogged here). I really like it though it didn’t get much wear. I’m going on holiday to the sun soon and am thinking of taking it to wear in the evenings. More holiday talk soon.