Yesterday, for the first time in months, the temperature in the UK reached double figures. Spring at last seems within finger tips’ reach. After a long winter of cold, rain, sleet and snow, being battered over and over by various storms of varying names, to reach 13C seemed nothing short of a miracle.
It’s nearly time to put away those dark clothes of winter and bring out the bright colours of Spring/Summer. Shops will be soon filled to the brim with this years trends and there’s nothing I enjoy more than wearing colour. I plan on developing and organising a capsule wardrobe (blog post to follow) once I’ve returned from my travels, but for now I’ve selected some of my favourite Spring/Summer jackets that get me all excited.
*Side note – these are investment pieces and what I ‘would-buy-if-I-could’. I do know they’re pricey. I’m not encouraging spending £50 on a trench coat when there are more pressing things to pay for. Unless of course you want to.
1.) Peter Pan Collar Coat, £23.60 (60% off), La Redoute.
I love these style coats; they’re so brilliantly versatile taking you from work day to chic evening. The length is perfect for those chilly early spring mornings but the colour is warming on the skin tone. Not to mention fun. It’s a bargain to at £23.60 with 60% off, found here.
2.) The Good Old Denim Jacket, £25.99, New Look.
Doesn’t this just take you back to the 90s? A denim jacket is a brilliant investment for Spring/Summer. Again it’s another versatile piece, looking great over maxi dresses, skirts, shirts, trousers. I’ve had one for years and it’s an absolute staple in my wardrobe. You can find this one here but to be perfectly honest I would have a look around your local secondhand shops. This time of year they bring all the stock out and you can find some little gems.
3.) Button Front Raincoat, £54.99, Dorothy Perkins.
Lets be realistic: we live in the UK. It rains 60% of the time. Having a good rain coat is unfortunately a necessity. But just because it rains doesn’t decree it has to be dull. I LOVE bright coloured rain coats. For some reason they make me incredibly happy. I know a lot of people don’t want to look like a fisherman and obviously there are more subdued colours, but personally I just love it. It’s like a little bit of sunshine. The check lining really does it by pulling it into modern day and out of the hands of the fisherman from yonder.
Now this is definitely the higher end of the price spectrum, and I would say if you can afford it great, if you can’t afford it don’t buy it. There are always cheaper alternatives on the high street and again in your local second hand shops. Like I said, this list is a dream list. This particular coat you can find here
4.) The Duster Coat, £28.50, Dorothy Perkins.
I did try to find a leather jacket as they are such good items to have, but the only ones I could see were so eye-wateringly expensive they made me want to scratch my eyeballs out. In lieu of this, I went for the classic Duster.
The nude colour lends to its versatility; suitable for weddings, dinner dates, drinks, work or informal occasions. The nature of the fit means it’s universally flattering and the length elongates the body by drawing the eyes down, in effect tricking the observer into think the person is both taller and slimmer than appears. You can find it here.
And that completes my dream Spring/Summer coat wardrobe. Let me know in the comments below how you feel about fisherman yellow coats. Please tell me I’m not the only one…