One of the most wonderful need about having a fairly mild Autumn, which has had elements of an Indian Summer, is the chance to embrace the jacket before you have to turn to your big Winter coats again. Jackets were once the prestige of workwear, something that you would wear for the office as part of a skirt or trouser suit, something that was smart, formal, and, well, to be honest, a little bit clerical. It wasn’t something you would wear on a night out, and certainly you wouldn’t be wearing it with your jeans and trainers. But this is certainly not the case now. A jacket is probably one of the hardest working pieces in your wardrobe, one that you now grab for any occasion.
Femme Luxe is fully embracing Autumn with its new collections. As well as its collections of black dresses and denim shorts (which, when worn, 90s style over opaque tights, are a brilliant Autumn staple), this season they are fully embracing the jacket, with a range that includes boxy, oversized 1980s style (think a mixture of Melanie Griffiths in Working Girl, and Don Johnson in Miami Vice) and also more fitted styles in that other Autumn staple, ‘pleather’.
I have been trying a couple of my favourite Femme Luxe pieces for size, and have been so impressed with the style and wearability of the jackets, pieces that can just take you from any occasion, from work, to a shopping trip, to a night out.
Black PU Faux Leather Long Sleeve Button Pocket Detail Blazer – Nell
PU hs become a fashion staple over the past few years, and this season is no exception. The Nell black PU faux leather long sleeve button pocket detail blazer is a fitted style that currently comes in size 6-14. I think this is true to size (I’m wearing a 14 and could probably be better sized up) although it depends if you actually want to wear it buttoned up, or more casually loose.
The PU is a lovely, soft fabric, and is easy to wipe clean. I wear mine with the sleeves folded over to add to the casual look, and have worn this with both a tulle skirt, for a night out, worn simply over a black camisole, and also with PU trousers to create a suit style. It would also work over jeans of pretty much any type, or over cigarette pants for a chic, all black look. It is definitely a smarter alternative to the popular biker jacket, and probably works with far more looks.
I teamed my jacket with an animal print shirt, as black and leather look is another classic combination, but a crisp white shirt would also work really well, as would deep red or hot pink.
Hot Pink Oversized Long Sleeve Button Up Blazer – Petra
If pleather is not your thing, perhaps you need to invest in a jacket that could come right out of the 80s. The Petra Hot Pink Oversized Long Sleeve Button Up Blazer is something that you could find for a stupid amount of money in a vintage store, it is boxy and roomy and frankly looks great.
It has a single button fastening and is unlined which means it will fit well over a jumper as well as over a thinner fabric camisole or a polo neck. The colour is just beautiful, a really hot and vibrant pink, and once again it contrasts brilliantly with both pleather and black denim.
This is truly oversized so think carefully before you choose your size. I generally wear a 14-16 in tops and jackets, but I sized down in this to a 12 to make it slightly less oversized. This was a personal choice as I didn’t want to add bulk to my already curvy frame, but I think the style of the jacket is still there, and I can still wear it both buttoned up, or left loose.
The generous lapels are perfect for wearing a statement brooch, I chose one from Butler and Wilson that was a limited edition and has elements of pink in it. This is a jacket that can be dressed up and down, it is just a perfect, versatile piece that you will wear for seasons to come.