Denim Jackets for Spring Styling

 

This week’s post is a short one as I’m hoping you’re out having fun, enjoying the four-day break.  Me included.

 

I just wanted to mention denim jackets.  Have you noticed that they are cropping up in the stores this season?

 

 

I have and it got me thinking: when was the last time I wore one.

 

It was in 2005, on a fabulous trip to Rome with my friend Louise.  Granted it was a while ago, but I can’t find that jacket anywhere now.  Doh – they’re backkkkkkk!

 

So here’s a reel of options.  You’ll notice that many are oversized in design, but you can still find the classic western style that finishes on the hip.  Some designs also have embroidery for a less masculine effect.  However, I like the classic design and cut, especially as I’ve just proved, it will come around again after this season, so it’s an investment purchase.

 

Meanwhile, I tried on this version in F&F Clothing in Tesco.  Obviously oversized, I’m wearing a size 12 here and it came quite low over my hips, too low for me, but I’m short.  I stupidly didn’t write down the price, but they have a number of options in store and online including this one here.
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Go for double denim if that’s your thing, but I would avoid mom and straight jeans, unless you really want to go back in time, which to me always feels a bit icky.  Rather keep your style moving forward and pair with flowing skirts and cute trainers for a fabulous casual look or you can’t beat chinos cropped at the ankle for that girl-about-town style.
Have a great weekend!
Gail xx

April Showers, I’m Ready For Ya

I have happy news!  No, I can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to wear flip flops any time soon and I can’t turn water into wine either. However, I am pleased to say that one of my Not Givin In objectives has been achieved.  The search is over.  I’ve found MY trench coat. Whoop, whoop.  I won’t need to mention it again!

 

I’ve been on a search for some time (I blogged about it last September and have been looking for the trench since the nineties), so I’m thrilled to say that I found a season interim coat that is long enough to cover me from wet weather showers and warm enough to keep out the chill factor, between wearing sun tops and snow coats.

 

I had, in all honesty, given up the ghost, then while looking at cropped jeans in Next (their selection is really good this season) I turned around to see this gorgeous trench.  It was a bit like Cinderella turning to find Prince Charming.  One look and I was hooked.

 

Look at the smug face on her!

 

I really do love it though.  It is oversized, so it’s a bit slouchy, dead comfy, and I don’t feel like a bag of washing on the inside trying to get out, because the fabric is fluid yet firm.   I don’t normally buy petite.  I’m 5′ 3″ don’t you know.  However, the regular 10 was too oversized, from the waist down, and I was billowing slightly.  I also don’t normally wear a 10 in coats and jackets, so you can tell it’s big.

 

This style has been copied from the catwalk by many retailers this season, taking it’s lead from Celine’s trench coat I believe and it has all the classic detail – double breasted button fasting, large buckle bet, and buckled cuffs.  As you can see, I went for neutral, because I wanted a classic colour, but this coat comes in black, blue and a black/white option.  It was £65, but a fairy godmother spotted me in store when I first saw the coat and asked if I wanted £10 off my first online order.  Uh, yes please!

 

 

If you too feel like taking shelter from showers, here’s some more ideas, with links to stores.  I have picked out classic belted styles, more oversized coats (including several from Next, if you like mine), different colour options, and some that are currently in sale.

Have a great weekend.

 

Gail xxx