Saturday, 16 April 2016

The stretch knit or jersey jacket is smart, versatile, packable, dresses up and dresses down - what more do you want?

Hallhuber stretch pique blazerThe stretch jersey jacket is the perfect answer to what to wear between now and through summer.  A jacket that can be both casual and smart and will work equally well with sneakers, sandals or heels - pair it with a simple t-shirt and jeans and it’s your answer to what to take away for the weekend.  Or with your favourite white shirt or smart top and pants with heels and it’ll work happily all evening as well. 

Weekend MaxMara Ultramarine Jersey  JacketJames Perse cotton jersey blazerWhistles Mollie stretch jersey jacket

There are thousands, literally, of jackets or blazers to choose from and it very much depends on what type of clothing person you are, do you want to show off a logo – would you wear stripes? or would you rather settle for something simple and classic that works with everything?

Joules Mollie pale grey marl jersey blazerLauren Ralph Lauren classic zip pocket navy jersey blazerJaeger ponte jersey blazer - striped also

Jackets and blazers that have stretch in them are so much easier to fit.  It doesn’t matter quite so much if the button is in exactly the right place although it does matter that the shoulders fit properly – the benefit of a stretch jacket is that you can quite often go half a size down as well.  All good for the morale.

Harris Wilson striped jersey jacketTommy Hilfiger short jersey blazer - black alsoTheory stretch crepe jacket

Finding the perfect fit is not easy, but these jackets are easier to fit than most.  Every wardrobe needs at least one, preferably several, to pull out at a moments notice – they’re the perfect answer to any ‘what to wear today’ dilemma.

One word of advice.  Don’t go really cheap.  The jersey is likely to be poor quality and not as much thought will have been put into the cut.  A mid priced jacket is an investment and will serve you well for season after season.