Seeing as I'm being inspired by all things Hard Rock this week in Florida, staying with Rock Royalty (ok so a lot of costumes and pictures and music but definitely all v rock inspired), I have become obsessed with band costume.
Full on. I will confess that I'm not entirely sure where the battle line is drawn between military and full on band jacket, I feel it is a line that's easily crossed either way. I am confronted with this pic every single time I go up to our room. It's like a brain worm.
Think Hendrix, think Prince, think Sergeant Pepper, I'm thinking all things rock.
A lovely lady I know got married on Saturday and over the past couple of weeks, we've been going back and forth with ideas for a jacket for over her wedding dress - full on band jacket, vintage stylee was the look she was after. So G, this blog is for you - I hope you had an amazing amazing day and I can't wait to see the pictures and which one you went for in the end.
It also got me to thinking - hell, I'm going to get myself one of these. Seeing as I have bought the some total of NADA on holiday yet (the entire contents of the Harry Potter souvenir shop doesn't count. Sweet jaysus, is that a licence to print money or what? By the end of it, you're so indoctrinated, even I was contemplating a Gryffindor sweatshirt. No, I didn't cave, you may not be surprised to hear), I have put together a little wishlist of things I *need* when I get back.
And top (sharing the spot with about three other things, obviously), is a band jacket. What colour?
Navy. As I already have a pared back black version two years ago from Zara.
Denim and Supply Ralph Lauren Marching Band Jacket was £210 now £168
Collarless at Tommy Hilfiger.
Tommy X Gigi Ban jacket from Very Exclusive £250
Or slightly more in your face at Zara. I'm definitely not putting all my eggs in the Zara basket as we all know this could go one of two ways.
Jacket with Toggles in navy £89.99
And now I know I said no black.... but... oh but but but. Inspired by my lovely friend, I am thinking this over my white lace Self Portrait maxi dress with black velvet boots is the perfect Christmas party outfit. That's that decision made then. Any point in going on?
Black at Zara again - Toggle jacket with velvet £79.99
Of course there's every point in going on, as these may be too in your face for some. Not that this is any more subtle but I've a feeling the waistcoat bit may be removable (not that I can find any evidence of that, but otherwise, it's not a 2 in 1, it's just a 1, surely?)
Black Sultry 2 in 1 Velvet Jacket from Joe Browns at Debenhams £74.95
Lovely detailing at the back.
A neat version at M&S. Much more pared back for those who are looking for a nod to the theme and less full on Hendrix.
Military Button Jacket £65
Less again in black at M&S.
Buttoned Military Jacket from Per Una £69
Then I'm throwing in full on Sergeant Pepper. This elicited a belly guffaw from the husband. He knows nothing.
Velvet Military jacket £79.99 In Pumpkin. I feel I need to order it as I haven't got a Halloween costume.
Finishing with a selection of jacket that are definitely a variation on the theme. There's a hint of military to them, but to all intents and purposes they're much more mainstream.
Contrast Trims Jacket from Mango £79.99
Or they do an ivory version also £79.99.
And some slightly oversized versions from Mango & M&S.
Double Breasted Jacket from Mango was £89.99 now £59.99
And from Indigo at M&S - the Military Pocket Overcoat £69
Or the cape version which I've seen instore and is truly amazing. A great option.
Blanket Coat with Wool from Indigo Collection at M&S £79
And here is today's outfit. I absolutely love love love this dress - I lost count of how many people today said how great a dress it was. So easy to wear, goes in the machine, rolls up perfectly in your suitcase with no ironing. Probably not most people's choice for a theme park but I could not have been more comfortable in anything else.
Issy dress - Rixo
Cara black sandals - Apiedi
Black Haworth Bag - Village England
Finally one that my children absolutely love. Me getting the bejeezus scared out of me by the Green Goblin. It's not the most flattering but they've said it's the best pic from the holiday. I obviously disagree...
So tomorrow, it's back to the water parks for us. Character dining tonight - I am currently sat under a palm tree, having been swimming with the children, I have a cold beer and I couldn't possibly want to be anywhere else..... Ok so maybe already showered and dressed with a steak and a red wine is not a bad other option for the next couple of hours. Can't believe we've only got three days left. GAH!