I’ve made no secret here over the past couple of years about my love of the jacket – or blazer.
It’s the single item in my wardrobe that can take a casual jeans and tee or frock to dressed up and ready for business … or fun.
The tricky part can be finding jackets at reasonable prices and in styles that will serve you well season after season.
That is why I’m
telling gently instructing you to shop for jackets now.
There are two times of year in which I’ve secured my best jacket buys: spring and autumn. If I had to nominate just one time of year, it would be spring because that is when I find I have the most choice when it comes to jackets best suited to my wardrobe needs.
Before I saw the light in regards to jackets, I would see them in store in November and think that I couldn’t possibly wear them in a hot, stinky Queensland summer. I was partially correct.
If I were out of aircon in the middle of the day, then yes, there is no way I would want anything on my arms.
What I came to realise though was that if I were going somewhere at night or flying to Sydney for a meeting, these kinds of jackets were exactly what I needed more of.
My first spring jacket purchase was three years ago – a nude-coloured drape jacket from Witchery. It’s still serving me well.
I’ve since venture on beyond the neutral colours and have a collection that also includes patterns, stripes and block colours.
Last week, I added two jackets to that collection – both from Sussan*.
Sussan has yielded me many a jacket over the past couple of years. I love that I can often get something a little bit different but for about $100 – as opposed to paying up to $300.
Plus, when I’m buying something like the white jacket pictured below, I want to know that I can easily wash it at home because there is no way I get more than one wear out of white anything (lucky, I’ve been sponsored by Vanish NapiSan this year).
… a little word on this photo. I actually wore this outfit last Friday night in Sydney but after being in so many photos over the previous two days, I completely forgot to get a photo at the time. It was meant to have a background of a fancy Surry Hills bar but instead I had to put it all together again at home for this post.
The chambray jacket below is a stunner. I just love it. Love it so much that I used it in an outfit last week for some of the publicity photos taken for my forthcoming book. It’s such a fresh, easy colour to wear – this spring and beyond.
Are you with me on the power of the jacket? Bought any recently that will work across the seasons?
* Sussan sent me a gift card which I put towards buying these two jackets.
** These were sent to me for editorial consideration.