The UK is blessed with probably the most exciting and affordable high street fashion in the world but sadly our weather is not quite as fabulous. If you’re struggling to make the transition into summer with our windy weather this year, layer up with some of this season’s best cover-ups.
The leather jacket
They used to be the preserve of middle-aged men, mutton dressed as lamb and, er, Jon Bon Jovi, but leather jackets are finding their way into the chicest wardrobes this season thanks to a plethora of good quality high street adaptations.
Steer away from black this year and opt instead for soft leather (or faux leather) cover-ups in nude or pastel colours. Avoid too much fussy detailing and opt instead for figure hugging styles that will flatter your shape when teamed with this season’s floaty florals.
Print clash is huge this year, so why not invest in a colourful Aztec inspired print jacket, or a ladylike paisley to brighten up your outfit? Printed jackets work best when they’re form fitting and, depending on your shape, a cropped length is the best way to avoid print overload. If you’re feeling really brave, opt for clashing print bottoms (ensure that the prints clash but the colour palate remains similar).
Believe it or not, pyjama style garments were all over the catwalks for this season and while brave fashionistas are donning pyjama trousers with heels for a boho chic vibe, the really standout divas are also opting for pyjama style jackets. These lightweight fabrics are perfect for those balmy Spring days, but they’re not flattering on every body shape – they work best on tall, athletic ladies.
Return of the mac
Not so much a return as a perennial favourite, a good quality mac is an investment buy, since it’s always in style. This season, wear yours with fabulous fifties style A line skirts, or sixties shift dresses in pastel colours. Belted macs work well on most body shapes, although avoid double breasted styles if you’re top heavy.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Summer 2012 is the season of ladylike chic, so tailored pieces are the way to go if you want to channel this look. Chanel inspired yarn style blazers are everywhere this season and look great teamed with pastels and summer florals. Brights are also back, so if you like your looks loud, a fuschia or tangerine blazer can go a long way this summer.
Previously seen on the Jeremy Kyle Show and in Asda Bedminster, the bomber jacket is enjoying a small renaissance this season, with scarf print styles sashaying down the catwalk recently. This look isn’t for everyone but if you’re young, daring and carefree with your style, this could be a fashion point scorer for you this season. Just don’t expect to wear it again next year!