I’m writing this as a girl who has lived in two different countries with two very different kinds of summers. My lovely childhood British summers are of happy memories playing on the sand at the Seaside, donkey rides, fish & chip suppers and eating waaaaaay too much candy floss. Quite often it would be so blustery that I would need to wear my cardigan and a wind proof jacket. Hair would be so windswept that I looked like something from the Muppets! Then there are my summer memories of a young dolly living it up and working in London. I always had to have an umbrella in my handbag for summer showers and bear the hot hot hot commutes home on the tube in rush hour. My mate and I would blissfully spend our lunch breaks buying sandwiches from Pret-a-Manger whilst sipping from a can of Pimms. We would sit lounging in Green park soaking up the sun & trying to attract the young single professional blokes. Whilst desperately trying not to, in fact, attract the bloody pigeons!!
Summers in Canada now for me are the prize for surviving Winter! I love the heat and the one good thing about the summer months here are that if I close my eyes and drink enough Gin & Tonic then I am completely convinced I’m in Barbados!
My summer wardrobe is my favourite wardrobe by far of all the seasons. But an important member of the Summer Wardrobe is the Summer Jacket. Before I am tempted by my email inbox shouting at me with the latest ‘must have’ arrivals and sales promos. I thought I should look at what I have in my wardrobe already. My capsule wardrobe needs a little pruning! Is there a place for a new summer jacket?
So first of all, when thinking of the Summer jacket, I need a jacket to fit these following catergories:
The Dress up jacket
A cool but versatile ‘going out’ jacket. Think sitting outside al fresco on patios with mates. A jacket I put on for an evening of dining with friends. It works with jeans and heels or a maxi dress and sandals. With a bit of help from some bling bling jewellery, I can feel ready for action within 5 minutes post mad family dinner and bath night for the kids. The contenders I have for this category are (left to right):
My Malvin Women black beaded jacket I found at Winners on sale. Bingo!
My All Saints black ‘Carina’ boyfriend blazer. This jacket has just about the right ‘acknowledgement nod’ towards men’s tailoring with a hint of fox!
The Dress down jacket
A relaxed & casual jacket. This jacket needs to fit the bill for summer chills but also work for the park, taking the boys to soccer, nipping out to the shops to buy stuff for dinner. However, despite the places this jacket will go to, it CANNOT be Mumsy, made of fleece or feature a sport logo!! The contenders for this one are; (left to right)
My Common thread army surplus embellished jacket
My Cath Kidston polka dot fold up rain jacket – this gem needs to fold up into an origami swan and dive into my bag for ‘just in case’ summer days
My Pull and Bear varsity jacket
My Madewell camo outbound jacket
The Denim jacket
Yes, it has it’s own genre! I’m a denim girl, so the denim jacket has a gun salute all of its own. I have my classic Gap 1969 denim jacket that I bought from the Gap on High Street Kensington, London, 12 years ago. As far as cost per wear goes, this little baby is paying me now!
My other denim jacket is from this season (courtesy of a fluke find on the sale rack with further 50% off sale price! Bingo!! I like this jacket for its more casual boyfriend fit. It’s a boyfriend that doesn’t drown me and make me look drab. I’m still talking jackets that is. Thankfully I didn’t have an actual boyfriend who drowned me but had my fair share of ones that were draaaaaaaaaab. Adios Wankers!!
The statement jacket
This is the jacket I throw on at a minutes notice with red lippy. This is the jacket that is cool and different. I can be wearing a grey tee and jeans. I put the statement jacket on and I’m good to go. This is the jacket that when I use my trusty barometer (friend & co-worker) her correct answer to me wearing the statement jacket is “oh my god, that’s f***ed up. What is that?” As soon as those words leave her lips. It’s sold!! Done and dusted. I love it and it’s a keeper. She will be peeing her pants laughing when she reads this! you know who you are!!
Contender ready??? (Left to right):
My Madewell kimono jacket in Arrow print
My All Saints leather Cargo biker jacket in grey
My Mango embellished ethnic jacket
So there we go. This blog post was a good little exercise. I have realized I need NO more bloody jackets!
That is a total of 13 jackets. Blimey O Riley…… How many items should be in a capsule wardrobe??!! Oh god, this capsule wardrobe thing is gonna get tricky! Well, maybe I just need a little practice. Be kind and stop rolling your eyes at me!
So swiftly moving on. Let’s leave the capsule wardrobe theory to lie down in a dark room. I ‘may have’ just made a little order from the Madewell sale. I love love, love this new jacket purchase!! I have had my eye on it for a while. I think it will be a good one. Net a porter sold out of this jacket pronto. For this jacket I have created it’s very own category.
The In-betweeny weather jacket
Yes, this is an actual term (in the Flickerty Flic land of dressing). Think of the days where if it was actually October 1st, I would say, “well that’s it, it may as well bloody snow and be done with”. However, if it’s actually June 1st, and despite the cold blue toes peeking out of the Birkenstocks, I say “it’s getting there, summer’s thinking about it!”
The winner is…….the Madewell quilted drawstring jacket. This is a new purchase that I bought in the sale. $138 down to $59. Yay!! I happily kissed goodbye and sold three jackets from my wardrobe that were too small or just tired of me!! Hence, the guilt free shopping funds that enabled me to say ‘f*** it’ and order that baby fast as lightning. This jacket is a good fit for this category. It has a Spring/summer feel to it. Warm but not bulky. Looks good worn closed or open. Wrap around a cool scarf and I think I’ve managed to be warm without fleece! Well worth it.
Wise words from the legendary Roald Dahl
What I’m wearing today……….#OOTD
Mango ethnic embroidered jacket
Topshop black cotton tank
Gap 1969 boyfriend distressed jeans
Madewell black sightseer sandal
Lola Rose black onyx ring