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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