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Boden Soho Jacket £99

March is nearly upon us and let’s hope we can say goodbye to all this rain! But whether it’s raining or not, the temperature will be rising and winter coats can soon be stored away (celebratory punch in the air). But before you reach for your trusty mac or trench coat, take a look at all the textured jackets that are everywhere right now…

 

 

 

Everyone knows that a blazer or smart jacket is a key piece for a capsule wardrobe, but while working with a couple of clients on their wardrobes recently, they felt a smart blazer just wasn’t them. Too formal, too uncomfortable and just not in keeping with their non-working lifestyle, even if you can roll the sleeves up or wear a more relaxed boyfriend style.

 

Enter the textured/jersey jacket…this little number still has the same great figure enhancing structure of a formal fitted jacket, but because of the texture and stretch feels more like a cardigan (but not the type your granny would wear).

 

I was first introduced to the concept a couple of years ago when I was training as an image consultant and my mentor insisted I try a Whistles version. I fell in love with it instantly and can still always rely on it to pull a casual outfit together when I need to feel a little more smart than ‘slummy’, or when I have a more formal occasion going on. It’s equally at home with a pair of skinnies or boyfriend jeans, a casual dress or with a smart pencil skirt or tailored trousers.

 

Hush Shawl Collar Blazer £59

Hush Shawl Collar Blazer £59

The best thing about it in my opinion, apart from being really comfortable, is the textured feel. It’s cosy as well as smart, feels feminine and more in keeping with my style personality. A formal jacket is harder to pair together with other fabrics, whereas the texture and feel of a jersey style jacket means you can meld it together with almost anything, even something that is the same colour. So I can wear it with a pair of smart trousers the same colour, and not worry that they aren’t an exact match.

 

What you get is a slightly more eclectic feel to your outfits which is much more up my street. My most recent clients are also converts and couldn’t believe how good they felt in their respective purchases.

 

A true wardrobe multi tasker, if you haven’t yet tried one or have seen them on the rail and thought they  looked more  ‘granny’ than stylish mummy, I challenge you to try one.

Here are my top picks from the High Street. It’s always worth investing and getting something that will stay looking good…

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Great for Pears…

1. Jigsaw Boucle Cardigan Jacket £169 – This is one of my favourites and the picture doesn’t do it justice. Incredibly flattering on the frame and the collarless silhouette is sharp!

6. Gap knitted biker jacket  £71 – This is great for balancing out your body if you’re bottom heavy. The wide biker lapels draw the eye up and it will flatter your tiny waist.

Great for Apples…

3. H&M Striped Jersey Blazer £30 – A more relaxed style suits a top heavy shape. So if you have big boobs or a rounded belly, opt for this style.

Great for petites…

2. Boden Cheyne Jacket £120 – A boxy jacket tends to really flatter column and petite frames. Wear it open and layer it over a slightly longer base layer.

Good for columns and Hourglass figures…

5.Jaegar knitted Biker – The strong diagonal zipline will define and add interest to a figure without curves, while anyone with a curvy hourglass figure will also find it very flattering. Clever hey!

Good All rounder…

4. Whistles jersey blazer £95 – This is a classic shape that will flatter almost anyone. Whistles tend to do this every season in various colour ways which speaks for itself!