I love many aspects of spring, the longer days, the lighter mornings and evenings, the being able to sit outside with a coffee and see what plants and bulbs are on the move in the garden. But what to wear if leaving the homestead and travelling further afield? In this in between-y time from needing big coats to needing a jacket it can be tricky.
As my office has opened up more, and we’ve gone from only one person in at a time, to two, to three, to more, I too been going in a lot more. An exhausting amount more to be honest – though it has been great to see everyone again in real life and politically… well, it’s necessary. I’ve been going every week – aside from the fact a often don’t sleep well the night before because I know I have to get up really early, leaving the house just before 6.30am to be in the office for 9am means that first thing in the morning it’s still damn cold. By mid morning and lunchtime it can be toasty.
This week I’d been intending on moving to a jacket with big scarf. I stuck my head out of the back door at 6.20am on Thursday morning. No way. Big coat.
But, the day is coming – and I can’t wait to have my winter coats dry cleaned and then put away. (Not sure if I dare use the dry cleaners as a storage facility over the summer again again as I did a couple of years ago – was great to have the extra space where they would have been though.)
A bomber style jacket has an enduring appeal and never goes out of style – this is quilted for a little extra warmth. Hold out for a promo code on this, full price needn’t be paid.
Gap Quilted Jacket £84.95
In the first lock down, I was, as usual, very attached to my favourite khaki jacket – the underlying military feel of it did make me feel a little stronger or braver when leaving home for a walk or for essentials; like I was ready to fight the thing we couldn’t see. But still…
M&S have done a cracker this spring. I love this camo design, again, it never goes out of style.
M&S Cotton Camo High Neck Utility jacket £39.50
Maybe it’s the attitude. Maybe it’s the glasses. Maybe it’s just the jacket. It’s just cool. OK.
Superdry Bora Cropped jacket £74.99
Another Khaki jacket? Oops, but this has a more feminine little puffed sleeve, I like it. It’s also available in indigo.
Next Puffed Sleeve Denim Jacket £35
Denim, utility, useful, I love the colour of this jacket too – this would update many an outfit – I like it styled here with a hoody underneath.
M&S Denim Carpenter Jacket £35
Available in four different colours – this could easily slip in to your wardrobe or on to your shoulders.
Uniqlo Relaxed Jersey Jacket £29.90
Love this just slightly longer style that sits on the hip.
Cos Linen Utility Bomber Jacket £79
A more regular throw on denim jacket, timeless. And essential in my opinion. This is for those blessed with a fuller bust, on the same colour drop down on the website, there are regular sizes and other colours/washes too.
Next Mid Wash Fuller Bust Denim jacket £32
The yoof of today I think can get away with a double denim scenario, as this image below. I’m not comfortable with that, but I do like the appeal of a longer line, bottom covering jacket.
H&M Cotton Utility Jacket £29.99
Classic, easy. Here in black, also available in Khaki. Phew.
Superdry Studios Ripstop 6 Pocket Jacket £74.99
A trench coat can be a perfect trans-season piece of outer wear, lighter than a coat, more covering than a bottom grazing jacket. This one below most probably won’t offer weather protection, you could carry an umbrella, but the fluid fabric will make it easier to wear season after season.
Monki Soft Trench Coat £50
Finally, a little bit of a wow-wee trench coat – stunning colour and just look at the glorious bow at the neck. I’d like my social life to pick up a little to have an excuse to wear this.
French Connection Adula High Neck Trench Coat £165