High Street Outlet review – Tallulah Jacket

September is here, and the days are already seeming to have a slight chill. So it is the perfect time to add a lightweight jacket to your wardrobe.  There’s still a chance of sunny days, but night’s are cooler, so a jacket that can take you from work, and will also be great for the weekend is a shrewd investment buy that you will get lots of work with. Once again, High Street Outlet has come up trumps with the ex Monsoon Tallulah jacket that comes in both blue and pink.

The Tallulah jacket has a relaxed boxy style, almost like a man’s silk blazer from the 1980s (sooo Miami Vice.) The style is slightly oversized, but not too baggy, and it has an open front design with no buttons. Two front patch pockets finish the design making this a very wearable piece that could easily take you from day to night wear.

The jacket is true to size, I am wearing a size 18 and this is comfortable on me. As much as I love pink, I opted for the blue, which is a gorgeous China blue shade. I have teamed this with jeans and a camisole, along with a pair of Nine West wedges that I had long forgotten about, but have fallen in love with again.

Ex Monsoon Tallulah Jacket £14.50 click to visit High Street Outlet

Ex Monsoon Tallulah Jacket £14.50 click to visit High Street Outlet

This is just a gorgeous jacket, great quality, and an absolute bargain for less than £15. In all honesty, for that sort of price, you can afford to go for both colours. I know this would work with black peg trousers, or worn as a cover up for a tea dress, or just teamed with skinnies, a classic white t-shirt and ballerina flats.

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High Street Outlet has new lines available every week, and offers free standard UK delivery on all orders over £30, it also delivers internationally. You can check out the website here.

Miami Vice style in a Pink Crepe Blazer from New Look

The hunt for a perfect pink jacket has been continuing at pace. I totally loved the F&F 60s style, which just looked so pretty over a dress (you can revisit that one here), but I was longing to find something that could be less formal, more at home with jeans, especially now we seem to be firmly entrenched in jacket weather. This gorgeous little number I was sent by New Look Inspire seems to fit the bill.

Inspire Dark Pink Crepe Blazer £27.99 click to visit New Look

Inspire Dark Pink Crepe Blazer
£27.99 click to visit New Look

The Inspire Dark Pink Crepe Blazer from New Look takes its style cues from the 1980s, in particular it reminded me of the super cool style of Crockett and Tubbs from Miami Vice. Buttonless, with an elongated collar that gave a nod to tuxedo style jackets, this jacket feels soft, with a lovely lining that gives it a touch of luxury.

The jacket is generous in its sizing, it has a slightly oversized, slouchy quality which I love – this isn’t the jacket for you if you want something fitted. It will be great with jeans and tapered trousers, and could be worn over a dress if you want that effortlessly cool effect of wearing a tux over an evening dress. The jacket also has pockets – always worth another 10 points in my scoring system!

DSCN8831[1]I wore this jacket styled smart casually (I hate that phrase, but it does seem to fit wearing your best jeans, snazzy flats and a silky top). The top (from F&F) was in a charcoal grey shade that contrasted nicely against the vibrant pink of the jacket, whilst I do think indigo denim is the best shade to wear with hot pink. The silver shoes are my current faves, I love shoes with pointed toes at the minute, and I do think a flat shoe is perfect when the weather is a bit unfathomable. These flats were from F&F, but I have my eye on a lust have purchase pair from Marc by Marc Jacobs at the moment.

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I totally love this jacket. There isn’t a single thing that I could pick out as not liking about it, the style, cut, and, of course, the colour are all perfect for me, and I know I will wear this again and again.

Wearing the jacket on a trip to Cadbury World.

Wearing the jacket on a trip to Cadbury World.

If pink isn’t your colour, New Look inspire has a whole range of lovely jackets, as does the main New Look collection. Here are a few more choice picks.

Inspire Orange Floral Print Drop Pocket Blazer £24.99 click to visit New Look

Inspire Orange Floral Print Drop Pocket Blazer
£24.99
click to visit New Look

Inspire Black Check Blazer Jacket £22.99 click to visit New Look

Inspire Black Check Blazer Jacket
£22.99 click to visit New Look

Inspire Black Crepe Zip Pocket Waterfall Blazer £29.99 click to visit New Look

Inspire Black Crepe Zip Pocket Waterfall Blazer
£29.99
click to visit New Look

Inspire Coral 3/4 Sleeve Drape Blazer £22.99 click to visit New Look

Inspire Coral 3/4 Sleeve Drape Blazer
£22.99
click to visit New Look

Blue Floral Abstract Print Longline Waterfall Blazer £29.99 click to visit New Look

Blue Floral Abstract Print Longline Waterfall Blazer
£29.99
click to visit New Look

Grey Double Pocket Twill Drape Blazer £22.99 Click to visit New Look

Grey Double Pocket Twill Drape Blazer
£22.99
Click to visit New Look

Burgundy Oriental Floral Print Drop Pocket Kimono £22.99 click to visit New Look

Burgundy Oriental Floral Print Drop Pocket Kimono
£22.99
click to visit New Look

To view all New Look jackets and coats, click here.

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Reviewed – F&F Crepe Open Front Jacket

I have been looking for a perfect pink jacket for a long time. I love pink, it is one of my favourite colours, and one that does seem to suit my colouring since I have lightened my hair. But it is also a minefield when it comes to jackets. Get the cut and colour right and it will look chic and sophisticated. Get it wrong and you will look like a lesser known member of the royal family at a wedding, or, worse still, Anne Diamond in her TVAM days.

F&F Crepe Open Front Jacket £25.00 click to visit F&F

F&F Crepe Open Front Jacket £25.00 click to visit F&F

Luckily, the lovely people at F&F stepped in and sent me a jacket that was definitely on the chic side, rather than the 1980s excess version. No big lapels, no big buttons, great 3/4 sleeves, and a Jackie Kennedy style boxy shape, the Crepe Open front Jacket has a look of vintage 1960s that is hard to resist. And the glorious shade of pink made my mouth quite literally water.

This jacket could be worn so many ways. I love the idea of wearing it with a skater skirt, as it was styled on the website, and I think tailored shorts would also work very well with this. It would dress up your jeans for an evening out, just add a white vest top, long dangling necklace and a great pair of heels for a failsafe outfit. But I styled this to reflect my own personal preferences, with a pretty dress and shoes to make an outfit that reflects my love of feminine fashion and ladylike style.

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Dress Dorothy Perkins
Shoes F&F
Jacket F&F

The jacket was such a lovely fit, it is true to size so no need to size up or down. (This is an 18). The jacket is semi fitted, despite the boxy cut, so there is not a lot of excess material to make it baggy. I love the 3/4 sleeves, which I think keeps it bang up to date, and the lining makes this jacket seem much more expensive than your average supermarket buy. And it has pockets, the Holy Grail of any dress, jacket or coat in my book!

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I teamed the jacket with a dress that had pink running through it, and silver flats. I think this jacket would also look great with a navy shift dress, or worn over white. It is a versatile jacket that will give you lots of different looks and will certainly earn its keep in your wardrobe. I loved it!

F&F have a great range of jackets online at the moment, view the complete range here.

*With thanks to F&F and Maverick PR for gifting the jacket for review purposes.

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