... to turn me into a Summer wear junkie. This blog comes to you courtesy of a whim and a five minute swerve last week into.... Forever 2. It's not all about Forever21 - merely the inspo - and the inspo is... The Denim Jacket.
But then, following on from the revelation that is the maxi skirt, the denim jacket doesn't seem like such a foolish idea - even this early in the season. I do a blog on these, without fail, every year. They are a wardrobe perennial, like my beloved blazers. It doesn't matter how long you've had them for, they never go out of fashion.
However these are going that extra mile with regards to "pimp my denim jacket". And you're not all going to like them, but fear not, I have hunted down some more classic options too.
I had dashed into Forever21 on a trip to London last week, actually on an earring hunt (which turned up squat by the way). However I happened to spy these. And they looked good. They looked really really good. The denim is super quality - lovely and lived in, not that stiff, cardboard denim that most cheaper jeans and jackets are made from. These were probably slouchy and had that luxe feel to them. Ditto the actual embroidery. It's really quite impressive. For relatively peanuts compared to what you would pay in Selfridges (where I had just come from and where there is nothing - or at the very least, exceptionally little - under three figures in the Denim Studio).
This is what caught my eye.
Disclaimer:- I know that these are going to divide opinion massively.
Sequinned Leopard Jacket from Forever21 £24.00 So this one is darker than it looks here and is also more of a swing style jacket - it's not fitted in the body and definitely comes up big so size down a whole size.
Tragic picture as I had a pussy bow blouse on - not normal fare under a cropped denim jacket. It looked disastrous but I wanted to get an idea of sizing.
And I couldn't decide between the two of them - the photos of this online do not do it justice. At. All.
Tiger Graphic Denim Jacket £27 It's not this rather hideous bleached blue it looks here - it's a vintage style grey, blue denim, if that makes sense? It's fabulous. And very fitted. But the small is a easily a 10. It fitted me and I am the American footballer end of 10.
Another truly tragic photo. I was too lazy to walk to the changing rooms so just walked to the much less busy men's section to try it on and was surreptitiously being given (unsurprisingly) weird looks from the Sales Assistants.
And moving from the ridiculous, to the even more ridiculous. One that I'm torn between hating myself for even contemplating and scrabbling for the credit card. I have a feeling though that bling on leopard may win over Donald.
Patch Dark Denim Jacket from Mango £49.99
Again, this doesn't look quite so numpty in the flesh. Ok so maybe it does...
Beadwork Denim Jacket from Mango £35.99
Collarless and this time with full on fray at Marques' Almeida was £294 now £147
Dark denim with a very subtle dark embroidery detail from See by Chloe at The Outnet was £240 now £96
Mixing it up a bit at Mango.
Light Wash Denim Jacket from Mango £49.99
A boxy shirt shape now.
Carpenter Denim Jacket from hush £70
Moving onto the classics.
Dark Denim Jacket from Mango £35.99
And classic at Gap on offer.
1969 denim jacket from Gap was £54.95 now £32.97
Finishing with investment time. Seeing as these will last you year in, year out, it's not the most foolish thing to spend money on, thinking of cost per wear. Especially if you find one that's the perfect fit for you in your ideal shade of denim (and that's all down to personal preference). Now that I've discovered they will work super well over maxi skirts and tees.. not to mention midi and maxi dresses, there's not stopping me.
APC Brandy Denim Jacket from APC £190
And a slightly different shade at Madewell - The Classic Jean Denim Jacket £130 from Net A Porter
But my top pick (obviously the most expensive - *weeps*) has to be from my newly found favourite brand. From where I own nothing but I shall be following (and finding us great high street equivalents).
Button down denim jacket from Rockins £210 THIS.. THIS THIS THIS look is how I'm loving wearing it. With heels and a midi. Who would have thought? Looks superb.
Here I am yesterday, not in a denim jacket but in a sneak preview of tomorrow's blog and it's the third instalment in the maxi skirt outfit trilogy. Great day, speaking at the Sheerluxe Fashion Day in London. And then back to take the children out for pizza with my best friend and her kids. This may be my favourite outfit of the season so far.
Jeanne Jeans - MiH from Quattro Rish
Kolda Tee - Isabel Marant Etoile
Navy frock coat - Zara
Leopard Print Boots - Tabitha Simmons from The Cult & The Classic
Grab bag - Gucci
So break it to me gently. Denim jacket - well, you can't deny that they're a winner but have I lost my tiny mind with the slight (ok majorly in your face) embellishment? The fact I haven't been back to buy it does lead me to believe my passion for it may be waning but I wonder if as soon as the sun properly come out, will I regret not going for the bling? Is it just that I can't decide between the two of them? Hmmmmm, thoughts on denim jacket peeps? I know there are lots of fans out there and I know that most of you have had yours for years. Anyone up for a bit of pimp my jacket action?