The changing season has brought some great new styles to the table when it comes to coats and jackets. While the focus no longer needs to be on trapping as much heat as possible, often at the expense of flattering styles and a good fit, summer’s hot releases are bright, comfortable and great for the silhouette.
Colours reminiscent of old fashioned sweetshop goodies made their way down the runways at Mulberry’s spring/summer catwalks, with fizzing lemon-yellow macs stealing the show. Burberry Prorsum’s trench coat campaign cannot help but inspire love for the classic staple, and the lighter versions – both in colour and material – that are around now are perfect for the warmer months.
Linen is always big news in summer, but it is certainly deserving of its go-to status. The luxurious look and the great fit of a linen jacket is unrivalled elsewhere in the coat world, and it’s a great multi-tasker. Of course, for work it can look professional and elegant – sidestepping the stuffy connotations of thicker blazers, but teamed with jeans and a simple tee, it can take the casual look to chic new heights.
Bright prints are shorthand for summer, and coats and jackets shouldn’t be overlooked for their ability to add a new dimension to any outfit. Other pieces needn’t be matching, in fact its better if they clash, as contrasting prints are huge this season.
For warmer days the simple styles of the sportswear trend can be translated into outerwear; zip-up hoodies and athletic-style jackets can deliver a fresh relaxed look, but a head-to-toe sporty ensemble should be reserved for the gym alone!
Double denim may seem a brave option, but a cropped denim jacket is surprisingly easy to throw on with a pair of jeans – once again, the shades don’t need to coordinate. Teamed with a red top, this look takes the lead in the American-inspired trend that is set to take off in a big way.