Well - one of them at least... I've obviously discovered how completely superb a biker jacket is and how I'm unable to live without mine, but a new option that you might want to consider is a military style jacket.
I am testament to how useful these are. I bought mine from Zara, hmmm three seasons ago now. So it's done two Springs, one Autumn and I'm wearing it into my second Autumn now.
The perfect alternative to the blazer. Which I have to say is also another option. Which I'll discuss another day. Ok so actually there are a fair few perfect inbetweeny jackets. But I adore these as they're the ideal jacket to wear with dresses and skirts. Nipped in at the waist, slightly cropped - the proportions work perfectly.
Plus, my new found obsession with all things leather (skirt, culottes, leggings...) means that a biker on top = double leather. And if double denim is a Canadian Tuxedo, I pretty much dread to think what double leather is called. Obviously I am way too scared to google it. The mind boggles as to what that will bring up (I fear it may ping my computer onto some random "watch list"). Well I've clearly had to go and google and (I'm not going to say disappointingly but...) it brings up links on how on trend it is. The fact that these are mostly from 2012 means that it's not something I'm looking at in any more detail.
And besides - can you ever have too many jackets? As we established the other day with stripe tops - if you wear them, then the answer is most definitely no. Result. Biker, military, it's easy to justify both.
Probably the most similar to the one I have, style wise:-
V by Very Military Trophy Jacket £45
Although I think I do in fact prefer this one..
V by Very Double Breasted Blazer £50
If you don't mind more detail. And I could easily go more detail. This is rather fabulous and has been in a lot of press so I would expect it to sell out. Love.
Black smart buttoned blazer from River Island £65
Black again by Julien Macdonald.
Star by Julien Macdonald Military Jacket £75
Another black option from Rare London.
Black Military Trim Jacket from Rare London £45
And a slightly different style - also from Rare London.
Black Military Jacket £49
Moving into navy territory now. I've seen a fair few different pics of this and this is the most oversized I've seen it. But I love it enough to convert me from black to navy I think. In fact, this is the best of both worlds - navy with black on in, but not too detailed that you transcend into Adam Ant tribute territory (there is a reason I haven't searched for any red ones).
Double breasted jacket from Mango in navy and black £89.99
Band land now - a move I'd be super happy with as I LOVE this - at Free People.
Free People Military Embellished Band Jacket £169
But when it comes to navy, if you're on the smaller side, do I have the bargain of the day for you. From Boden. With 20% off...code 6B4B (off everything until tonight) only teensy tiny issue is that you have to be small as it's Johnny B's range. Although I do think it's comparable to a size 10...
Military Jacket £50.50 age 15/16
Green now. Well, olive. From a company I haven't come across before so if anyone can help out with info, that would be great. They look to be kosher but it's not something I can confirm (to be honest, the website is very Free People/Anthro-esque so I wondered if they were from the same stable but all googling has proven to be of no help).
This jacket however is sublime. For $59.99.
I Glam Hardly Believe it Jacket in Olive from Modcloth $59.99
However call off the dogs - velvet, military and green. And I thought I was done with the jackets. Need. Need need and then need again. Ok so we know you can't have too many striped tops but can you have too many jackets? NO NO and NO again.
Trims velvet jacket from Mango £89.99
Look how fabulous they are with skirts....
Maxi dress - Zara
Glitter Copeland Sneakers - Air & Grace
Haworth Bag - Village England
So coming up, I still have to tackle velvet, I've got jumpers to look at and dare I say I think I may have found the perfect lipstick (which is a big thing seeing as don't do beauty)... not to mention THE perfect midi skirt. In the meantime, I've got to tackle a super exciting project which will take up most of tomorrow so am now looking forward to an hour with my kids on the sofa, catching up on Bake Off from last night with a small glass of red... as we've all made it till Thursday.
Jackets wise - where do you sit? Fan or do you go straight from nothing to coat? Cardigan instead? (actually I have got loads of those on the horizon as well).