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The top 5 transitional jackets to deal with changeable weather (Pictures: H&M / Bershka / & Other Stories / ASOS / Vila)
When it’s warm one day and raining the next, what are the cover-ups you need to know about? Krissy Turner, fashion editor of eliza.co.uk, a new fashion and beauty destination for millennial women launching this spring, has the answer.
What on Earth do you wear when it’s pitch black and chilly when you leave for your commute, bright blue skies and sunshine on your lunch hour, then windy on your way home?
With this changeable weather, getting dressed over the past fortnight has been a minefield. Just last week I ended up stuffing my wool coat in a canvas tote and carrying it home. If you can relate, the answer to your weather and wardrobe woes is this: the transitional jacket.
This halfway point means there’s no need to be wrapped up in your giant winter coat each day, but it’s way too soon to go jacket-less altogether. I’m not saying you can start packing your chunky ankle boots into storage, but it’s definitely time for lighter, brighter jackets, and I’ve done all the hard work for you.
I’ve tried the best transitional styles the high street has to offer this season, testing each one for warmth, versatility, cost-per-wear potential, and, obviously, how chic they are. These five have come up trumps, and will see you through this tricky in-between period with ease…
The Shearling Shacket
Teddy jacket, £39.99, H&M
On days when there’s still a chill in the air, a warmer cover-up is a must. I’ve had lots of compliments on this ivory teddy jacket: it’s surprisingly lightweight but super snuggly, and looks much more expensive than it is.
Looks great with: Jeans, a fine knit and chunky ankle boots. It’s longline so it works well with black leggings, too.
The Pastel Trench
Cotton trench, £49.99, Bershka
The trench is a classic in-between jacket. Camel, khaki and navy might spring to mind as the safest forever shades, but I guarantee this pistachio one is just as easy to wear while looking fresher for spring.
Looks great with: Dresses. Balancing jacket proportions can be tricky with midi dresses, but a long trench makes light work of it. Wear with chunky ankle boots, white trainers or smart leather loafers.
The quilted jacket
Quilted jacket, £120, & Other Stories
I’ve been wearing this jacket under an oversized wool coat for added warmth throughout winter. But the changeable temperature means it comes into its own now and I can finally show it off. The quilted jacket is undoubtedly the It cover-up of the season, and in a neutral shade like my khaki one, you’ll get tons of wear out of it.
Looks great with: A long jumper, leggings, a crossbody bag and chunky trainers for a stylish daytime outfit.
The leather blazer
Faux leather blazer, £38.50, Vila
A heavyweight blazer is ideal for this time of year, and perfect if you need a smarter cover-up for the office. Fit-wise, I’d suggest sizing up like I have, so you can wear a warm jumper underneath – no one wants awkwardly tight sleeves.
Looks great with: Striped knits. Leather blazer + chunky striped knit + tailored trousers = an effortlessly chic workwear formula.
The belted wool shacket
& Other Stories shacket, £165, ASOS
Petite and hourglass shapes, this one’s for you, as a cinched-in jacket is more flattering than one that might swamp your frame. My top tip? Go for light knits underneath, just like I have here: anything chunkier will feel too bulky, and shirts will just crease under the belt.
Looks great with: Just about anything. Thanks to the smart fabric and shade but casual cut, it’ll elevate jeans and a polo neck, or dress down a silky skirt and knee-high boots.
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Krissy Turner is the Fashion Editor at Eliza. The Great British High Street is her area of expertise, and she’s constantly scouring the new-in sections for chic buys that’ll update your wardrobes without breaking the bank.
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