Wardrobe Heroes: The Statement Jacket – Spring Edition

Charli wears a tribal print blazer in red, white and blue with black shorts and a white camisole. She is sitting on a fallen tree surrounded by leafy green trees.

There are items in all wardrobes that sing. They are the pièce de résistance of your outfits. The items that brings you joy. For me, that piece is a statement jacket.

I’ve always been a huge fan of a statement jacket. A jacket that makes an outfit pop. A jacket that shouts when you walk into a room, “This is me, I am here! I am beautiful!”

It has been a long love affair. I purchased my first statement jacket aged 17 years old. It was a brown brocade military jacket with velvet panels. I found it in a vintage shop in Manchester and wore it to death. I wore it to indie club after indie club. Bobby Gillespie said ‘cool jacket’ when I wore it to a Primal Scream gig. It smelt of cigarette smoke and body odour. A long-haired love interest nicked it to wear on stage for Battle of the Bands. I wore it with black vintage dresses and my boyfriend’s skinny jeans. It was customised with new buttons and slits in the sleeves so I could wear them rolled up. The jacket was all but slept in for at least two years of my life.

I still own this beauty of a jacket. No matter how hard I try to part with it, I can’t bring myself to pass it on. It’s the only item of clothing that I’ve kept long after it ceased to fit.

My Spring Blazer

Charli wears a tribal print blazer in red, white and blue with black shorts and a white camisole.  She is sitting on a fallen tree surrounded by leafy green trees.

Thankfully, my statement jackets now don’t smell of sweaty, alternative night clubs with sticky floors and overflowing toilets. They’re more likely to smell of Jo Malone perfume and shea butter moisturiser. But their basic principle remains – they’re jackets to celebrate.

I will be honest, my spring/summer capsule wardrobe contains two statement jackets. My beautiful military jacket from years gone by, you can see it here. And this stunning, geometric printed blazer. It is actually a piece that nearly got away. I found it in Monsoon and, in a moment of madness (or poverty) I didn’t buy it. At home, I dreamt of the jacket. It went on for months. Scouring the internet didn’t bring results – it was sold out in my size. So I set alerts on eBay for Monsoon jackets in my size and, eventually, nearly two years later, it was listed for sale.

Needless to say, I was delighted!

Styling a Statement Jacket

Charli wears a statement jacket in blue and white geometric print with red trim. She wears it with a white camisole, heart pendant necklace, and light wash mom jeans.

The fantastic thing about a statement jacket is that it elevates an otherwise simple outfit. It makes even the most basic of outfits pop with style. For this reason, I love to pair my jacket with simple camisoles and plain t-shirts in neutral or co-ordinating colours. The addition of this jacket makes my ripped mom jeans look that little smarter and my simple linen shorts a little more put together. It also looks fantastic over a simple summer dress.

It is also perfect for pattern clashing. A bold striped t-shirt is shade of red or blue would look great underneath the geometric prints of the blazer. Just keep your colour palette to similar or coordinating shades to prevent pattern overload when clashing.

So tell me, will you be sporting a statement jacket this spring/summer?

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11 Comments

  1. July 16, 2020 / 7:32 am

    I love this jacket, it has a Chanel look in it’s cut, perhaps not the print though. I think it’s perfect for the shoulder seasons when its still a bit cold in the UK

  2. July 16, 2020 / 9:14 am

    My daughter loves to wear jackets, she enjoys wearing them this time of year, ill forward this onto her and see if she likes it.

  3. July 16, 2020 / 10:11 am

    Your jacket is beautiful and so flexible with the styling for different occasions. I have lots of jackets but none that are a true statement piece that. I feel the need to treat myself now.

  4. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    July 16, 2020 / 10:20 am

    That is a beautiful statement jacket. I love the versatility – you can wear it casual, or semi formal or whatever your style is. I will check my closet if I have something I can use as a statement jacket too.

  5. July 16, 2020 / 10:40 am

    I love this jacket, perfect for this time of year and can be dressed up or dressed down. I seem to have a thing for jackets at the moment as keep looking at them and usually buying them

  6. Rhian westbury
    July 16, 2020 / 11:41 am

    I love statement jackets as I tend to wear a lot of denim or black so something bright and colourful in a jacket can help bring that all together. Yours is beautiful x

  7. July 16, 2020 / 1:47 pm

    That jacket looks absolutely fantastic on you! I do love a statement jacket but I don’t think I am brave enough to wear one.

  8. Melanie williams
    July 16, 2020 / 2:08 pm

    You are looking fab. I love that beautiful blazer such a great way to dress a day look up for sure x

  9. July 16, 2020 / 7:46 pm

    This looks amazing! I really love how fantastic it looks with those jeans. I don’t own a statement jacket but I feel like I really need now!

  10. July 17, 2020 / 11:46 am

    I use to always wear a spring and summer blazer for years! I lost a lot of weight and chucked them out but definitely going to pick one up now I’ve seen yours 🙂

  11. July 17, 2020 / 10:26 pm

    I’ve never worn a statement jacket before but I love the idea of one. Your spring blazer is gorgeous and I love the way you style it.