The Week That Was: A Jacket Thing

I'm like a shark - I can't sit still for too long or I'll die. And the directions I take with these posts is no exception. Looking back over a week's worth of outfits I loved or just liked isn't half as much fun as I thought it would be when they're all boiled down to a reel of wonky-angled images in the same backdrop. Maybe it's time to start shooting these outside again...But I just lose the love for the looks as soon as they hit the camera reel and I imagine the feeling translates. So this week, I'm going to collate the last few outfits into one as they all follow a similar theme...

YEP! Aside from my face looking extra-surly/confused this week, there's a whole lot of jacket going on (and bright patterned top and pleated Topshop skirt...)

Spring has apparently officially sprung and while it's still bloody freezing outside, the days where we can relegate the big coats and rely on thinner layers are nearly here. So here's a rundown of the types of jacket that should grace every wardrobe for springtime...

The Denim Jacket

(Jacket and skirt: Topshop; Top: ASOS; Trainers: Adidas; Bag; Marc by Marc Jacobs; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo; Brooch: Black Heart Creatives; Belt: old)

It took me far too long to get into the denim jacket game until I finally cracked last spring and got two - this light wash lightweight one was perfect for throwing over summer dresses and it works perfectly not at adding a grunge edge layered under a tailored coat. Combined with one of my trusty lipstick brooches (the NUMBER of complements I got on these in New York) from Black Heart Creatives, it's the perfect way to add a spring twist to your staple winter outfit. 

The Structured Jacket

(Jacket, belt and jeans: ASOS; Top and boots: Topshop; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Brooch: Black Heart Creatives; Jewellery: Bendels)

Awful photo aside, this lime green jacket and its matching trousers (brace yourselves) were on my ASOS wishlist for quite some time. It's a stiffer fabric than its lookalike pink Topshop equivalent that you've seen here before and is the epitome of 'statement' colour. 

The Casual Jacket 

(Jacket: Topshop; Top: H&M; Trousers: ASOS; Trainers: Adidas: Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Jewellery: Bendels; Brooch: Black Heart Creatives)

Accidentally wearing green for St Patricks Day! But this military-esque jacket was an impulse buy back when military chic came back around (it'll be back next year I'm sure) and is far more versatile than I first thought. It's great with paler denim and if I was ever a white shirt girl this would be perfect over the top. 

The OTT Jacket

(Jacket: Shrimps; Coat: Zara; Shirt: Dorothy Perkins; Skirt: Topshop; Boots: ASOS; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs)

Oh Shrimps, how I love thee (even though a relative actually said this jacket was hideous - I know I'm on the right track then!). Even the most sensible wardrobe needs a ludicrous item and if this jacket isn't it I don't know what is. Playing perfectly into the eccentricity trend for this season and also conveniently lightweight enough to fit under coats. 

The Sleeveless Jacket

(Jacket, top and belt: ASOS; Culottes: Forever 21; Bag: vintage; Shoes: Topshop; Watch: Michael Kors)

Ok sort-of cheating...but a longline sleeveless jacket is a godsend to cover all manner of sins...temperature, tight trousers you're not sure about, just making an old outfit look a little more interesting...It instantly smartens up whatever you throw it over. 

The Lightweight Coat

(Coat: Zara; Jacket, skirt, shirt and boots: Topshop; Belt: ASOS; Bag: vintage; Watch: Michael Kors)

Welllll it's not quite spring yet is it? Also I was very pleased with this Gucci-esque outfit inspired by Karen at Where Did U Get That. Now if I can just get my hands on one of those bags...


One More Hurrah

(Top and belt: ASOS; Skirt: M&S; Shoes: Adidas; Coat: Zara; Faux-fur scarf: Helen Moore; Bag: vintage; Watch: Michael Kors) 

Ok I can tolerate it being winter for a little longer...purely because I don't ever want to give up this polo shirt...or my stole collection. 


Unstraight Stripes

(Shirt: Primark; Trousers and coat: ASOS; Top: H&M; Belt: old; Bag: Alexander Wang; Trainers: Adidas)

Another 80s-inspired outfit with a wonderfully budget shirt and my beloved blanket of a coat that saw me around NYC and kept me warm on the flight home. Maybe these walls will make me dress more bravely...who knows. They'll definitely make me dress more off-kilter; look at that lean on the doorframe!


Skies Bluer Than Walls

(Dress: ASOS; Top: Dorothy Perkins; Belt: old; Trainers: Adidas; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Watch: Michael Kors)

Ok, I'll say it...I'm ready for spring now. After a few days in the beautiful NYC where the temperatures were frigid and the skies were bluer than my walls (along with a magical few hours where it snowed and I skipped merrily around Central Park like Lucy in Narnia), I feel like that's the perfect end to the last few satisfactorily wintry months. And now it's time for florals, brighter colours and an end to cardigans under coats.


Steel (Ma)Donna

(Top: Dorothy Perkins; Trousers and coat: Zara; Shoes: Topshop; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Watch: Michael Kors)

It was International Women's Day yesterday (or today as I'm writing this) and this was inspired by one of the many inspiring women committed to celluloid - Donna from Halt And Catch Fire. Like a grittier, more satisfying and slightly speedier (it's got more RAM) Mad Men, with added tech geekery, a hotter guy (I suggest you Google 'Lee Pace sledgehammer gif' and see what I mean) and women just as cool as Peggy and Joan. Spiky, punky genius coder Cameron is the natural fit for my admiration, but it's Donna - the calm, steely, gentile and measured wife of (total douche IMO) engineer Gordon, she makes her daughters dinner while also being able to fix their toys. She's a similarly talented engineer (saving Gordon, Joe and Cameron on multiple occasions) while being infuriatingly humble. She's a tower of strength with a knowing smile and excellent hair. I love her. I am so excited to get into Season Two. So here's an 80s-inspired ladylike steely Donna look. 


The Old Colours

(Top: Zara; Skirt: Topshop; Belt: old; Jacket: vintage; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Trainers: Adidas; Watch: Michael Kors)

A throwback to before the grand home design project! But when you've got colours bright enough for the circus tent you can do without so much on the walls...