Chanel on a budget
Ok there are occasionally upsides to being vertically challenged, namely the odd amazing VAT-less find in the kids’ section – like this Zara Kids Tweed Jacket with Frayed Detail. For £19.99 I am pretty pleased because it does the job of my old black Zara jacket but for the spring and summer.
Zara is most definitely the high street home of cut price Chanel – a mecca for anyone who likes this type of thing. If you aren’t sure if you need one of these then allow me to convince you of the utterly versatile nature of these beauties.
Let’s start with this Frayed Jacket £79.99 which is perfect for wearing with denim. You can either dress this up with a cami and heels or down with a sweater. Or you can wear this for work with tailored trousers/culottes or a pencil skirt if you work in a more corporate environment. That is at least a whole week’s worth of outfits from one little jacket.
Next also has a tweedy little number in this Edge to Edge Jacket £60. It is sold out in the navy but the red would be brighten up your outfit and judging by the New York AW17 catwalks, which were awash with red, it will be a good investment for the season to come.
Hush is also good for jackets you can chuck on with almost anything such as this Marquez Jacket £75 in navy and ecru. Substitute the shorts for jeans and this is something that will work as your spring outwear instead of a coat and perfect over tee’s and knitwear. That isn’t to say you can only wear this during the day because this could smarten up a pair of navy trousers or skirt for the office too. Or you can go all out and buy the matching Andalusia Skirt £59 which is lovely anyway.
There is also the Balzac Tweed Jacket £85 in this season’s ever-fashionable pink. A real pick me up for your wardrobe and another one you can dress up for an evening out. Or alternatively think about this with a pleated chiffon skirt and top for a ‘do’.
For a slightly more casual and knitted take on the theme there is the Cara Crop Knit Jacket £80 which comes in this colour (only available in XS at John Lewis or XL on Hush’s own website). Annoying.
And the Striped Cara Knit Jacket £80.
Or the Basket Stitch Jacket £70 in blue or yellow.
There is also this gorgeous Frayed Crop Jacket £95 which is the same style as their best selling black jacket from last season. While this is styled in a very casual way, it is only a small hop, skip and a jump to imagining this with a blouse and tapered leg trousers or wide legged trousers or tailored trousers or a pencil skirt or a chiffon skirt…. You see where I am going here?
While we are talking about cream, Mango has a more military inspired look with this Double breasted Jacket £69.99.
And if you need something a bit more formal, then Gerard Darel’s Jadie Jacket £295 is very slick in the flesh and the black and red trims make it great for work.
Or Karen Millen has this Tweed Zip Jacket £190. This is a shorter length so would also work over dresses.
While Comptoir des Cotonniers has this Open Tweed Jacket £190.
At a higher price point, Trilogy has a whole host of different options on the tweed front. This Vilagallo Miranda Jacket £220 is a fab colour for the spring and would look amazing with denim of every shade.
Or this Iro Agnette Jacket £390 which also comes in an off white.
This Rebecca Taylor Confetti Tweed Blazer £400 is a good year-round option because you can easily pair this with black and it would do nicely for smart and casual.
Sold on the idea now? Whether you work in a corporate environment or need a more modern approach to office dressing or have a more casual lifestyle, Coco Chanel was definitely on to something with her boucle numbers: they can work for all occasions.