Come spring, summer, autumn, or winter, a stylish and weather-appropriate jacket is an essential in your wardrobe. Whether you throw one on for warmth or to tie your look together, the importance of this staple layer can’t be ignored.
With help from QVC stylist Laura Johnson, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite jackets for the season, alongside our tips on how to best style them. From denim to bold colours, casual to smart, read on for our essential style guide for this season’s must-have jackets.
A splash of pink
Spring and summer styling is all about bold, bright hues that make you feel good. Whether you prefer to go all out with colour coordination or keep to one staple pop of colour, a bright jacket is the perfect place to start. We’re currently loving Ruth Langsford’s Twill Denim Style Jacket in bold, berry pink. Stylish and vibrant, it’s the perfect way to give your look a focal point and show everyone that you’re rocking spring shades.
Laura suggests… ‘picking one colour- in this case berry pink, and staying tonal with the rest of your look is simple yet effective. Don’t be afraid to play with colour and go overboard!‘ Layered over this Hot Pink Cable Knit Vest from Crystal Kobe and the Burgundy Luxe Crepe Hollywood Trousers from WynneLayers, your pink-toned look is almost complete.
Staying with the playful tonal theme, anything other than these Fuchsia Moda In Pelle Chrissi Slingback Sandals feels wrong. Metallic and fun, what could go better with this spring-ready outfit? The classic Hero Croc Leather Tote Bag from Ruth Langsford is a gorgeous way to add some colourful contrast (we’ve chosen the Burgundy one, of course), and to finish the look with some sparkle, the Kiss Milgrain Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings from Diamonique certainly fit the bill.
The staple denim jacket
Every wardrobe needs a classic denim jacket – they’re a must-have transitional piece for your arsenal and truly go with everything. Laura says… ‘denim jackets are super casual yet stylish, and you can really experiment with what you wear them with. Paired with bold colour underneath or something muted, a simple and casual yet effortlessly chic look is guaranteed.’
We’ve teamed this gorgeous Ruth Langsford Denim Jacket in Dark Indigo with a bright Nina Leonard Moss knit two-piece. Bright colour comes into play again here, as the eye-catching mustard yellow pairs with the deep blue of denim to create a gorgeous spring colour palette.
We’ve put it all together with the super-casual and fun Dune Energised Lightening Bolt Trainers in Dalmation, but you could easily dress it up with some neutral boots. We’ve also gone tonal with the Dusty Blue Huntington Leather Hobo Bag from Ben de Lisi, boasting a denim blue hue which ties the look together beautifully, as well as a fun gold-toned Sentiment Multi Heart Charm Necklace from Bibi Bijoux to add some bling.
A comfy, casual look
For spring, we’re all about soft and relaxed looks that not only feel great on but have an effortlessly stylish finish too. This Khaki Bomber Jacket from Ruth Langsford is the perfect example of a relaxed, neutral look, boasting faux suede and faux leather accents in an earthy hue that work to elevate your outfit while keeping it super wearable. We’ve paired it with a range of neutrally toned pieces, like these super wearable Deep Turn Up Cuff Trousers in Stone and a Comfort Hoodie in Grey, both from Ben De Lisi, which help to give it a sporty, casual finish. Laura says… ‘going neutral with your look helps to give a really relaxed feel, and this khaki jacket is the perfect way to tie it all together. Pairing it with a hoodie and trainers also ties in with the current sport-luxe trend which is effortless yet super stylish.‘
Accessorise with an effortlessly glam 9 carat gold Diamond and Emerald Panther Ring to match the earthy tones within the pieces, and the super comfortable Skechers Uno Metallic Trimmed Trainers to further the ‘just left the gym’ look, we can’t think of a better fit for spending those casual days when you want to look as good as you feel.
The bold, edgy jacket
Ready to paint the town red? Nothing says edgy-chic better than a biker jacket, and this gorgeous Burgundy Suedette one from Ruth Langsford is the perfect example. We love the exaggerated lapels and zip details, and there’s no ignoring the stunning red hue it boasts. We’ve paired this gorgeous jacket with the equally vivid and equally fabulous Mya Jersey Midi Dress in Pink Animal from Finery, which features a bold all-over print in a striking pink shade.
Laura says…‘this look is all about standing out and having fun! Colour clashing with shades in the same colour family is a great way to bring some fun and intrigue to your look, especially when your styles clash too. Instead of finishing this dress off with a cardigan, throwing on the biker jacket will add some edge, which can be further amplified with your accessories.’
To keep up with the bold colour theme, we’ve added the JM by Julien Macdonald Mini Icon Leather Tote Bag in a bright and eye-catching Red and kept it tonal with a pair of Burgundy Leather Platform Ankle Boots from Ruth Langford – we love the leather finishes from these accessories.
Playing into the neutral tones trend is this gorgeous Sand Denim Jacket from Denim & Co, which perfectly encapsulates spring and summer transitional styling with its soft hues and wearable design. Worn with the Short Sleeve Jumpsuit in Camel from Crystal Kobe, it’s in keeping with the neutrality of the jacket. And why not match your accessories, too? We’ve added these ultra-trendy retro-style Fitover Juliette Sunglasses in Mocha from JPE, as well as gold-toned jewellery which carries on the earthy tones of the look.
To finish the look, we’ve opted for a pair of Light Grey Snake Print Clogs from BOnova for a touch of something different. Laura says… ‘adding the pop of snake print shows how one bit of print in an otherwise tonal look can really elevate it. Playing with prints and plain fabrics is a fabulous way to bring intrigue and fun to your spring looks, and this neutral denim jacket facilitates this excellently.’
Classic double denim
Nothing’s quite as playful and fun as double denim, so how could we not include this gorgeous Mid-Wash Button Front Denim Jacket from Ben De Lisi? This fabulous piece boasts a chic swing shape and offers a completely different way to style your jacket. Laura says… ‘don’t always feel like you have to wear your jacket as a final layer, instead why not try doing your jacket up and wearing it as a top? Displaying interesting buttons and stylish necklines are just some of the pros, but, especially with this swing jacket, it’s a great way to introduce different shapes to your look!’
We’ve paired this jacket with some Indigo Straight-Leg Jeans from Ruth Langsford. Trying double denim is all about experimenting with different shades and seeing what suits you, so have fun mixing and matching and adding depth and definition to the look.
The adorable London Magic Is Everywhere Multiway Bag from Radley also ties it together gorgeously, and what better way to finish a casual look than with a versatile pair of trainers? We chose a Light Grey pair of Essence Winny Lace-Ups from Vionic.
Looking for more jacket inspiration? Head over to our Jackets section for a gorgeous array of designs you’ll love styling through spring and beyond.