So now here we are at jackets, which are incredibly useful because they can change the entire dynamic of an outfit in one stroke.
Regardez: a slutty summer dress can be rendered harmless by a denim jacket, or dangerous by a leather jacket, formal with a black suit jacket or high-fashion with a khaki jacket.
Let’s start with the absolute hero of the piece:
1 the denim jacket.
I wear mine so much that I might have to be buried in it – I think people in my local area don’t think I have another jacket. But what can I say? It’s the hardest working thing in my wardrobe and I couldn’t love it more. If you have one languishing in the back of your wardrobe, get it out, if you’ve already got one, wear it more. If you haven’t got one WAKE UP AND GET ONE!
High-fashion people are doing big, oversized early 90s jackets, which I don’t recommend as we are not size 8 no-kids super fashionable high fashion people are we? Having said that, if you have one from the 90s knocking about, wear it!
Otherwise, get the most normal, standard one you can find. I think it is imperative to get one where you can roll the sleeves up and wear it with then rolled up because I find that with small children any material between the elbow and wrist is hazardous.
Nothing weird or scary, please – no embellishments or flourishes. Just a plain old denim jacket.
There are absolutely millions on H&M, have a scroll through.
If you are … how do I put this… (fuck it) … if you are 45+ basically you might like to get a darker denim. I don’t know why, I just think it’s a bit more dignified. Nigella used to wear one all the time and it’s the kind of thing Twiggy wears.
Other options are this from Fat Face via John Lewis
I also like this from Weekend by John Lewis. It’s got stretch to it, which I always think is a good thing. I also really rate the Weekend collection generally, I’ve had one or two things from there that are a good cut and indestructible.
Also this from Vero Moda via ASOS – I do not expect you to wear this with your belly out.
2 The black blazer
It was Becky B who first made me buy one of these and I never looked back. Mine is technically now a bit short to be totally on trend, plus it is all frayed and falling to bits inside – but it still works.
This, from Hush, is now on sale and I may or may not have just gone and bought one, having dithered over whether to get another one for about a year. Unusually for Hush who tend to sell out of everything, there are still a lot of sizes left.
Wear it with literally absolutely everything whenever you need to look a tiny bit pulled-together except PERHAPS the mad skirt, you need a shorter jacket for that.
Don’t forget that Hush sizes are generous, take a size down at least.
3 The khaki/camo jacket
This is a massive stealth piece that will really revolutionise and rejuvenate all sorts of other stuff already in your wardrobe. Mine is from the Gap men’s department in an XS. You do absolutely want this to look like you have pinched it off a boy/found it at a festival (without actually – YUK – going to a festival… where is my anti-bac gel?).
Mine is green but in fact camo looks very cool aswell.
There is this one from H&M, bloody sold out again GOD – not quite the season for this is it? Everywhere will re-stock in the autumn, so hang on for that. I will remind you.
Whichever one you get make sure there are no feminine trimmings like a cinched-in waist or diamante or pompoms or whatever, and wear it oversized. And I mean a jacket, not a shacket – because then it will continue to be useful into Autumn/Winter.
A reader just pointed out that this is a good one from Next: which does look like a good one to me and loads of sizes still available! YAY!
4 Leather jacket
Right now, just take a deep breath and really think about this one. A leather jacket ought to be expensive so don’t go at this one in a hurry. You ought to be spending at least £100 on a good quality leather jacket but the sky is the limit.
I would argue that it’s a brilliant thing to have in a capsule wardrobe but not so essential that you have to have one immediately. Hang on and get a great one when the time is financially right.
AllSaints is the classic go-to for a leather jacket although I know you are going to do a small sick when you see the price.
Or if you’re petite this is a nice one, on sale but only 8 and 10 left.
This one looks really good, nice and straightforward.
The things to bear in mind with whichever jacket you get are to have as few straps and bells and whistles as possible. Also don’t get anything without a collar, that’s the kind of thing that Tom Cruise/my husband/rugby players have to wear because they have such enormously thick necks that if they wear anything with a collar or a lapel they look like a cartoon gorilla bouncer wearing a zoot suit at a weasel hoodlum nightclub.
Don’t get a Rick Owens waterfall jacket either, because it might be lovely but it will date, it’s gone over to Kew housewife in the last 18 months. A standard leather one will always be universally classless and awesome.
It MUST be black, because it will go with everything. Grey or sludgy green or purple or something crazy is not capsule, don’t do it.
Okay!!! We are nearly done. Have a great weekend.
I’ll be back on TUESDAY with Accessories, then dresses, DOOM DOOM DOOM, then Activewear.
Activewear!!! I just love that word. Activewear.