Bomber, biker, blazer... pick your jacket
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