The weather is just a little sunnier (but not warmer), and our beloved non-essential shops are now open. And pub gardens...
It is very tempting to just pop into Stratford and do a hard sesh of shopping, especially now that the season has changed and we probably want to spruce up our wardrobe.
In England, pubs (only beer garden) will be open, which basically means that any social occasion will be held outside: the perfect moment to search for jackets!
Don't be tempted by the windows and the trends: there are only four staples that you need in your wardrobe to fully submerge yourself in Spring mode.
...and the winners are:
1- Bomber jacket
2- Jeans jacket
3- Trench coat
4- Leather jacket
So in this post I will give you some advice of what's out there, cheap or not so cheap, depending on the budget you have- although I have a feeling a lot of us are trying to save money for when we will finally able to travel (17th of May, anyone?)
If you need further help and you can't really decide what to buy, head up to my store and look for "shopping assistant": you tell me what you want, and I will find it for you. Statement jackets can last years- the leather jacket I use was a gift from my mum- she herself bought I in the 1970s. Doesn't go anymore vintage than that!
As mentioned in a previous post, I got mine off Vestiaire Collective for less than 30£. It arrived in immaculate condition, and it's a lovely item form & Other Stories.
The quality is excellent, the colours suit me (Winter palette, hello?) and it can be styled in many different ways.
I have been obsessed for quite some time now with the bomber jackets from a shop on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ClassicRockCouture?ref=usf_2020. The name is Classic Rock Couture. They sell these kind of old rock, sun of Arizona kinda style bomber jackets:
The reviews are raving, but the price is too high for my pocket: the yellow one is sold at £152.53, the blue one at £134.47.
There is one other shop on Etsy on https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/975982709/women-blue-and-yellow-bomber-jacket-70s?ref=shop_home_active_6&frs=1&crt=1 that does a similar item. The shop is called Atophandcraft. So below is their take on the same style, good reviews. Cheaper at £79.
Again on Etsy, visit JEArtGalleryLondon at https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/975865461/sukajan-embroidery-souvenir-jacket?ref=shop_home_active_1&frs=1&crt=1 .
I am particularly loving this bomber, especially if you are not that much into colours. Price: £72.50.
You can always try Vinted for ultimate bargains. This bomber jacket below, from Zara, it's still available (at time of writing) for only £8!
If you're not into apps or Etsy, there are many other options.
Quality wise, I feel Superdry is always excellent. Different price range, 99.99£ upwards. I have a few thing from Superdry and I do have to say- they last forever. So definitely an investment!
Last one I promise: I absolutely fell in love with this one below from Wolf and Badger. Emerald green = LOVE. £85.00.
I'll be honest, and also controversial: not the biggest fan. Never have been.
But a lot of you do love them, so here we are.
Vintage Levis: probably the one that is mostly standing the test of time. Obviously you can try you luck on e-bay or any other app for a good used jacket. The one below is from the Levi's website, for £110.
The most classic (and warm) remains the Levi's Indigo The Sherpa Trucker Jacket. Now discounted on Urban Outfitters for £64.
Of course in our dreams we would all own a Burberry trench, the one and only. But in real life, I use one inherited from my father. I also have one in black from M&S.
Lately I have set my eye on this Karen Miller one, now discounted to £60.00 (from 199£!)
So: if when choosing a bomber jacket we are all about the colours, I feel that trench coats work the best in neutral. Your beige, ecru, kaki, off white and so on. When I see people wearing a bright pink or yellow trench coat I always think: MEH. We are not 12 years old.
If you are willing to spend a little more, this one from French Connection is quite nice (£149). Sorry about the quality of the pics, anyway you can check it out on their website!
Also, keep an eye on Zara: the new collection is actually surprisingly good. One example?
This limited edition flowing trench coat at £119.
Again, it looks beautiful here- quite boho with the bows on the wrist and the wavy hair and the jewellery. BUT probably quite tricky to style as the wrap around cord may look like a medieval friar cape.
The perfect item to give any outfit that rock/edgy vibe. As I said, mine is from my lovely mother.
First things first: if you want real leather, be prepared to spend good money.
... and sadly, even if you don't want real leather, you will need to spend a bit. The risk of cheap fake leather is that it will start peeling off like rubber in only a few wears.
These two below I found on Vinted, originally from Zara: now selling at £8 an £12.
If you are not into colours, a black leather jacket is very easy to find (and it may be worth browsing second-hand markets from the 12th of April!
ASOS has a couple that look nice, here is one for £76:
I hope this little "guide" can help you. This is also a little test for you to see how good of a shopping assistant I can be if you should ever need one! ;)
Hope your April is starting well...see you in two weeks!