Bomber, biker, blazer... pick your jacket

The Jewish Chronicle - - Life/fashion - BY JAN SHURE

SERENDIP­I­TOUSLY FOR head­line writ­ers, the key jacket shapes for spring are blaz­ers, bik­ers and bombers. And while base­ball j a c k e t s (bombers with var­sity sym­bols) can’t fe­lic­i­tously be re­ferred to as “base­balls”, they nev­er­the­less share the same ini­tial. Even the sea­son’s other jacket shape — the Chane­lesque edge-to-edge baby — is in bouclé so it kind of fits with the sea­son’s al­lit­er­a­tive theme.

The blazer, re­turn­ing to its ori­gins af­ter a year as a “boyfriend” jacket, re­mains a key shape, mix­ing es­pe­cially well with the sea­son’s huge trend for print. This is es­pe­cially true if the print adorns a pair of trousers, when a sober, plain colour blazer — even if in one of the sea­son’s brights — pro­vides the per­fect coun­ter­point to a bold pat­tern.

What your jacket is in­tended to match should, sen­si­bly, be the start- ing point to se­lect­ing the shape so it is worth do­ing a quick wardrobe au­dit to see what colour and shape will work best with as many things as pos­si­ble. (Tedious, I know, but it may stop you buy­ing a wardrobe or­phan.)

If you’re pre­pared to splash some cash, splash it on a blazer or a biker. Blaz­ers are a wardrobe clas­sic, and while pro­por­tions and colours may vary each time the blazer re-emerges, a neu­tral shade in a good fab­ric can usu­ally be re­turned to ac­tive ser­vice, even if sleeves need rolling back, or a scarf is re­quired to drape around the neck. In­vest­ment ver­sions in­clude Stella Mccart­ney’s (£925 at Browns) and Diane von Fursten­berg’s 70s style grey (£545 at Matches). Ba­nana Repub­lic’s coral with two gold buttons at £110, Max & Co’s pale pink (£239) and dou­ble­breasted cham­bray (£219), both at Fen­wick, W1, and Hobbs Un­lim­ited black­tipped white blazer, £199, are bril­liant shapes at un­der £250.

Biker jack­ets have also been re­turn­ing to the cat­walk with such reg­u­lar­ity that it is im­pos­si­ble to know whether the wearer is rock­ing a new one from Browns or Net-a-porter, or one dragged from the back of her wardrobe. That said, bik­ers are def­i­nitely hav­ing a real mo­ment, re­worked in pas­tel suede by Acne and pas­tel can­vas by Christopher Kane and Top­shop, in mixed fab­rics by über­cool new brand BLK DNM and Mint Vel­vet, and, nat­u­rally, in leather, with quilted ver­sions at Reiss and Top­shop.

The sea­son’s other key shape, the bomber jacket, plays strongly into the sports luxe trend, which means they are likely to be worn mainly by those too

Print bomber jacket, £19, Pri­mark

Scarf print bomber jacket, £29.99, Pi­lot

Tweed and suede, Thu Thu, £455, Browns

Scarf print, £24.99. In­ter­na­cionale

Flo­ral bomber, £48, Top­shop

Jer­sey biker, £45, Top­shop

Biker in tweed, £65, Top­shop

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