Summer Jacket Styles

I don’t know about you but this constant chop and change in the ‘summer’ weather throws me and my wardrobe into a sweaty spin.  Since having kids I seem to heat up faster than a heat seeking missile if I have too many layers on.   So, when the warmer weather finally arrives I love not having to wear a big jacket, but as we all know, you can’t trust the good old British weather, so having a little summer jacket you can throw on in a down poor is a must!

There are a few ways to wear a light weight jacket this season, here are my top four.

The Trophy Jacket – Big, bold, embroidered or embellished.  It’s nothing new, but they just seem to get better and better. Buy wisely and you’ll have a gorgeous little number that will see you through season after season.

The Denim Jacket – Denim is just keeps going from strength to strength.  A staple that you can layer up or down, keep clean and simple or use it to tap into more of the seasons’ big trends.

The Shaket –  Yep, you know, the hybrid of a jacket and shirt and what’s not to love about a little bit of khaki.  One of the easiest and chicest ways to wear a summer jacket with a subtle nod to military styling.

The Leather Biker – No jacket round up is complete without the leather biker.  If you normally keep yours to the confines of your winter wardrobe DON’T, or if you’re feeling brave, now is the time branch out into brights or pastel colours.

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Looking at that gorgeous lot I think I’ll now be adding more than one to my summer wardrobe!  If you have a bit of cash to splash it’s definitely worth investing in a leather. I’m loving the lighter, brighter hues hitting the high street at the mo, but whatever your budget here are some of my favs from all four styles, just waiting to be swung over your shoulders.

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Want more wear from your Wardrobe?

It’s a silly question isn’t it?  Who wouldn’t want to get more wear out of their wardrobe and how nice would it be to go to your rails of clothing and feel like you’ve actually got something to wear?  Like most people, as the seasons change I pack away items of clothing that I know I’ll no longer have the chance to wear, but there are actually plenty of ways to get more wear from parts of your wardrobe.  If you’re not sure I’ll show you how, with just a few key items that many of us will have ready and available for paring.

Maxi and Chunky Knits

A maxi skirt or dress is a of course a summer staple, but once the balmy breeze turns bitterly cold the maxi gets relegated.  Team your maxi with an over-sized, chunky knit and trainers or ankle boots and before you know it you’ll be maxing out the maxi year round.

 

Denim and Biker Jackets

In the summer time when the weather is fine, it’s also unreliable and most of us don’t leave the house without a jacket of some description, usually a denim jacket or leather biker.  But as soon as that cold front arrives these offer no warmth at all.  If you want to continue wearing these throughout the colder months it’s all about the layering, whether that’s with a snug hoodie, longline sleeveless jacket or full on winter coat.

 

Dungarees

Cool and casual, dungarees look awesome teamed with a slogan tee, sandals and sunnies whilst the sun is shinning.  If you want to keep that cool, casual vibe into the colder months just swap your short sleeve tee for longer sleeves in knits or jersey, a roll neck and over-sized scarves….you can even keep the sunnies.

 

Dress over Trousers

I never like packing away my summer dresses, they’re the last thing to go and now they don’t have to.  It may seem a bit 90’s and you might not want to go back there, but it’s a big trend coming through for SS17 and the pics below show how to pull off a dress over trousers or jeans.  Take some time to pair the right dress with the right bottoms and you will look rocking this look…for the first or second time around.

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And there you have it, a way to get more bang for your buck out of items you already own, and tap into one of the SS17 trends before SS17 has even arrived!  Let me know what you think.

Island Style.

Just as we’re all gearing up and wrapping up, in more ways than one, ready for Christmas, fashion land is enticing the industry with all things summery.  It’s a daydream and a nightmare, all mixed up in one weird, whirlwind couple of weeks.  Just as we’ve got to grips with our winter wardrobe you find yourself drooling over swimwear, flirty dresses, sandals and skimpy shorts – almost wishing away the most wonderful time of the year!

Last week I was lucky enough, thanks to the mother-in-law, to escape all things doting wife and muuummmm, and catch a glimpse at the gorgeous going-ons at River Island’s SS17 press event, of which I’m sharing with you a sneaky peak into what you may be able to buy on the high street next summer.

Of course River is always very trend driven but it’s also really wearable.  They nail festival fashion and as soon as I walk in to the showroom that’s what I see. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just cool casuals you’ll find in River next summer, if you’re on the hunt for something smarter, with a little sophistication you’ll also be able to nab yourself some stylish pieces for work and play, desk to dinner – all that stuff.

My advice though, if there is one item to add to your wardrobe next spring/summer it’s a denim jacket.  We all need a little something to throw over our shoulders once the sun goes down, but I’m not talking just any old denim jacket, we’re talking business up front and the biggest of parties on the back!  Take a look…..

 

Finally, accessories and there is an abundance for summer.  As you’d expect from River, the footwear is on point with everything from embellished espadrilles to over the knee lace up boots – every occasion covered.  What really impressed me was the selection of sunnies.  Of course we all love a pair of designer shades, but if you’re looking for something budget busting with oodles style, that’ll have people looking twice then set your sights (ahem, sorry) on River Island next season.