Spring Wardrobe Staples: The Transitional Almost-Jacket

Coats again! This time some that are a little lighter than the classic leather jacket that I posted earlier in the week; flippy little things that you can throw on almost as you would a cardigan or a plaid shirt. Perfect for the end of spring when the weather can be a bit changeable and useful right the way through summer, when chilly evenings require a cover-up or the odd “off” day can still catch you out, if you don’t have something to throw on. Incidentally, all of the below have been tried-and-tested with a humungous pregnancy bump – I can’t do them up, obviously, but they look very nice undone and will look (quite frankly!) excellent once I’m back in the realms of my default body shape.

next army shirt jacket

The Kate Moss Transitional Festival Jacket

This has absolutely nothing to do with Kate Moss – it’s not part of her collection for Topshop and she has never modelled it, either – but it just reminds me of the kind of thing she used to throw on with her denim shorts when she was in her “festival going” era. It’s actually more of a shirt than a jacket – completely unlined, one layer of soft fabric – but it has the kind of jackety features you want when looking for an extra layer. I love the military detailing and the supersoft feel. You can find it at Next.co.uk here.

graham and spencer

The Chunky Cardigan Coat 

This is a bit special – half “moto” jacket, half chunky cardigan, it adds a really cool edge to a casual outfit. If you wanted to do that whole skinny-black-jeans-with-motorbike-boots thing, but it was too warm for a full-on leather jacket then this is slightly more wearable.

graham spencer

It also looks really good with pretty skirts and little vest tops – not that I am managing to squeeze myself into anything so dainty, at the moment, but I have been doing some fantasy styling, hanging things up against the wall! I can’t wait to wear this little jacket – zipped up to the top, the collar forms a kind of funnel-neck, which is a bit funky, so there are a few different ways to wear it… It’s called the “Jobeth” sweater and it’s by the gorgeous Velvet by Graham and Spencer. Find it at Matches.com and Bliss Boutiques.

crop knit jacket hush

The Chanel-Esque Daytime Knitted Jacket

A gorgeous little knitted jacket with definite Chanel vibes, this looks excellent with a pair of blue jeans and some little ballet pumps. It’s unstructured and soft so you don’t have to worry about creases or ruining the line of the shoulders if you want to take it off and carry it in your bag, but it looks really smart and peps up the most basic of outfits. (Classic white tee-shirt under this is gorgeous.) You can find the Crop Knit Jacket at Hush – it’s £80. **UPDATE: since writing this post the Hush jacket has sold out! They do still have the multi-colour cardi, which is the same kind of shape, but it’s not quite as jackety. Sorry. I should have got this post out faster..

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