As much as we want to believe summer is well and truly here, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that May evenings are still that bit too chilly. During the day it’s fine to rock a tailored city short or a floaty tie-day maxi, but come sundown we are all reaching for something cosy to beat that lingering spring chill.
Now, if you’ve shopped smart then you are already familiar with the glut of fantastic spring cover-ups that both celebs and street stylers have been wrapping themselves in since daylight savings time. The waterfall dusters, the luxe bombers, the classic denims to name a few.
Taking inspiration from the fashion-forward pack that walk our city streets, we’ve selected some of the best styles to invest in for the coming months, focussing on pieces that earn instant staple status direct from our beloved high street. And don’t forget there’s always a daily pick of other lovely bits on our exclusive FashionDrop!
The Coloured Duster
The duster coat has become a year-round investment piece thanks to the likes of Bottega Veneta and MaxMara sending their luxe versions down the runway, and the SS15 offerings are lighter and more fluid than their textured winter cousins. A waterfall drape and belted waist will look stylish over denim bermuda shorts and espadrilles, whereas a boxier style will be an instant office wardrobe update. We particularly like this berry purple cocoon duster from River Island as the bright colour will look just as stylish come September.
The Classic Biker
Once you’ve found your perfect leather biker jacket, it is guaranteed that you’ll own it forever. True, good quality leather bikers are not the cheapest flutter to have on the high street, however, once you’ve discovered the fit and colour for you, there’s no going back. Black is always going to be the most popular go-to in terms of colour (even in summer), but why not experiment with a fitted biker shape in a pastel or citrus shade. This sky blue beauty from M&S will look amazing worn over a long jersey maxi dress – make the jewellery as chunky as possible!
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The Denim Jacket
Retailers have definitely cottoned on to the fact that a denim jacket is a bona fide wardrobe hero, and as a result we are spoiled for choice when shopping the trend on the high street. Nothing beats a vintage fit, oversized denim to channel a ’90s vibe, however, we’re crushing on the more boxy, cropped varieties seen on the backs of those all-too knowledgeable street queens. This over-dyed blue baby from H&M has more than a pinch of high-school retro, especially when teamed double denim with a pair of supersized flares.
The Sleeveless Longline
Tailoring needn’t be banished to the colder months of the year. Play with different longer line shapes like this New Look camel jacket for a modern yet structured silhouette all year round. Add a utility edge to a floral culotte/block heeled combo, or else pair with a billowing crochet trim peasant dress for a whimsical look.
The Varsity Bomber
The bomber shape in general is having a bit of a sartorial resurgence of late thanks to its ability to carry off luxe materials and heavy embroidery. Pioneered by the likes of Rita Ora and Rihanna, the classic bomber gets a makeover this year in the form of embellishments, satin contrasts and sorority detailing, and this varsity bomber from Topshop has shot straight to the top of our wishlist. All we need is the jock boyfriend….