Things that usually inspire my sartorial choices: fashion blogs, magazines, celebrities, whichever items that are clean in my gigantic piles of clothes.
Things that usually do NOT inspire my sartorial choices: farmers.
And yet, the jacket I most want for my spring wardrobe is one which formerly was seen on agronomists from Devon to Derbyshire – I’m talking quilted jackets.
I’m doing this new breed of jackets a huge disservice really by comparing them to the manky waxed contraptions your old-school farmer type might have worn. They aren’t all that rather dull shade of green and they don’t have the smell of fertiliser lingering on them.
I’m obviously joking – but the quilted jacket has been a British countryside staple for decades. Designers – both high-end and high-street have taken the best elements of this timeless classic, given them a 21st century twist and left us with a modern, versatile garment that’s much more high culture than agriculture.…. … …. … …. … …. … …. … …. … …. … …. … …. … …. …
Modern quilted jackets
The new generations of quilted jackets are stylish, well-cut and versatile.
First appearing on the catwalks of the likes of Stella McCartney a couple of years ago, this classic garment have been reworked, reinvented and reborn as a new modern classic.
Fabrics: In much lighter (and thankfully more colourful) fabrics than the old incarnations, the new quilted jackets are far less unwieldy and stiff. The padding is lighter while still super-warm and most of the high street versions can be chucked in the washing machine. Most quilted jackets are shower-resistant and many come with hoods – perfect for taking you through the typical rain-soaked British Spring.
Styling: There’s such a fantastic range of quilted jackets out there at the moment. My favourites have to come from New Look. I have my eye on both a black beauty with a removable faux fur collar and a belt for a feminine cinched-in waist look, as well as a gorgeous camel number with contrast piping – just the thing to pair with skinny jeans and wedge boots for a crisp spring day.
While there does still plenty of blues and greens around for those want to stay true to the heritage palette, if you look hard enough, you can probably find a quilted jacket in any colour of the rainbow.
Where the older styles of quilted jacket tended to have quite a boxy look, many modern versions have been tailored to be more form-fitting and feminine. The quilting is less bulky and the lines tend to be a little longer – the whole effect is super-flattering.
Outfit ideas –
Why not buy into the whole countryside chic? Flat tan ankle boots, tough mid-blue skinny jeans and a cable-knit jumper pay homage to the garment’s rural heritage while still looking modern and sexy.
Pair a short black quilted jacket with this season’s lace skirts and dresses, opaque tights and a sexy pair of biker boots for a totally hot rock chick vibe.
For a work-friendly look, why not match black cigarette pants, ever-stylish ballet pumps and your favourite blouse with one of the brightly coloured belted jackets. Totally practical for the commute, but still smart and stylish.
This blog post was written by Kate Earlsberg, a popular fashion blogger who loves quilted jackets.