Cotton Jackets

Friday, April 2, 2010
Although I personally see no evidence of it so far, spring is well underway and summer is not all that far off, so a number of retailers are bringing out a fun range of linen and cotton jackets. As someone who isn't called upon to wear a suit everyday, I like odd jackets that can be worn casually with jeans or dressed up a bit with a shirt and tie. As the weather gets warmer, I'm hoping that I'll be replacing my tweed and corduroy jackets that currently fill this role with something more lightweight.

Hackett does this sort of thing particularly well and has a particularly wide range in store now, taking a bit of inspiration from collegiate-style boating blazers without creating something that can only possibly be worn at Henley Regatta. A jacket like the one below can cover a whole range of different levels of formality, and would be as appropriate in a fairly casual office environment as it would be at a more formal barbecue or summer party.
I have a much-loved blue linen jacket which will be making an appearance at some point. Like most weaves of linen it crumples almost as soon as you look at it, but that's all part of it's charm. Cotton duck is a bit more robust though, and keeps a neat, crisp look which is particularly attractive in cream or khaki, so something along these lines might well be my first purchase for the summer. Let's just hope we actually get some sunshine in London.