While warmer times might seem some time away - no thanks to the impending self-isolation we’re all faced with - it does mean we have time to start planning our wardrobe for when leaving the house is deemed safe.
Spring is a hard time of year. One moment it’s cold, the next it’s warm. Dry, then rain. It’s even more temperamental than our typically already temperamental all-year-round weather. It does, though, mean it’s the perfect time to invest in a nice, new spring jacket.
The ideal spring jacket is both versatile and lightweight. It’s a jacket you can wear underneath a bigger coat, or on its own. It’s not quite an overshirt, and not quite a coat. It’s a shacket. We’ve found 8 suitable options you should be considering, that will see you exit self-isolation in style.
Armor-Lux Fisherman Chore Jacket
Pre-aged to look like it’s lived out at sea for some time, this washed blue chore jacket is intrinsically linked to the brand’s nautical roots. It’s lightweight, breathable and looks pretty ace too. It even has adjustable cuffs, such is its comfort.
Les Basics Couch Jacket
This lightweight dyed jacket features raglan sleeves, coated snap fastenings, two front patch pockets - each with a coated snap to close - and functioning bungee cord and toggles at cuffs and waist hem. It’s made from 100% cotton brushed fleece while the pockets are made from the reverse side, giving it an ace contrasting effect.
Albam Twill Foundry Jacket
This Foundry Jacket is inspired by a factory overall jacket that used cord to reinforce the points of wear around the collar and on the underside of pockets. Shape can be added at the hem and there's an internal reinforced chest pocket. Finished with Corozo nut buttons and an Italian zip.
UNIQLO x JW Anderson Pocketable Pullover
This pocketable jacket is made from really lightweight fabric and packs down into a convenient pouch. The water-repellent coating keeps you dry, while the adjustable hem and collar provides extra protection and comfort, allowing you to fit the jacket as you please. It’s a jacket that has UNIQLO’s focus on design, fit, fabric, and functionality with JW ANDERSON’s focus on traditional British apparel into innovative designs.
Kestin Hare Crieff Windbreaker
The Creiff Windbreaker is a pretty nifty popover number from Kestin Hare. The lightweight twill should hold its own during chilly jaunts, but thanks to the sleek fit, it’s prime to slide under bulkier garms when the weather proper hits the fan.
Blacksmith Technical Ripstop BDU Jacket
Blacksmith Store have become renowned for making excellent staples for equally as excellent prices. This Technical Ripstop BDU Jacket comes in two other colourways (grey and navy), yet this mustard offering does it for us. Lightweight and a load of pockets, what isn’t to like?
Berghaus Wind Shirt 90 Jacket
Everything from the bold colour combos to the lightweight, breathable, windproof fabric – instantly packable – is a nod to rave culture. The deep yoke is pure Berghaus. It’s a relaxed and roomie, oversized fit, with lightweight and wind-resistant fabric.
Norse Projects Marstrand Packable Smock
Designed for those rainy days in Denmark, this Norse Projects anorak ensures you’ll be prepared no matter the weather. Fitted with a concealed hood to keep off the rain, it’s the perfect travel companion, easily packing down into a chest pocket to save you space when you need it the most.
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