Selfridges designer women’s jackets
We all know and love transitional classics like the trusty black leather biker and a tailored trench coat but there’s something about a denim jacket that gives a little more edge and androgyny to an outfit. Especially if you love and find comfort in feminine looks like I do, it’s an easy way to upgrade your styling. This oversized distressed Balenciaga jacket from Selfridges is a new addition to my designer jacket collection. Taking inspiration from the house’s Creative Director Demna Gvasalia, and I styled three simple but very different outfits that are unexpected, urban and reflective of my city, and of course, truly wearable.
This first option is an everyday look, perfect for when the weather gets a little less reliable and dare I say, more British. The straw hat keeps it looking sweet and summery while the white lace dress is a pretty contrast to the boyfriend-fit outwear. I wanted to play up to the idea that it looks so genderless, and that it could be mine or my other half’s. Guys, we’ve all ‘borrowed’ the only thing keeping our man warm. Plus, Balenciaga makes statement pieces, so I wanted to keep the palette muted and experiment with textures instead, and let the jacket speak for itself.
Grungy, effortless street style has always been part of the London scene. Think of local icons like Kate Moss or the supermodel of the day when I was a teenager – Agyness Deyn. Especially growing up in North London, where Primrose Hill was the stomping ground for my friends, this kind of shabby chic luxe comes naturally to me.
Combining a boho maxi dress with the Balenciaga jacket worn off the shoulder, brings together varying styles with which I’ve experimented in the past. I love the unabashed and semi-restrained level of ‘distress’ of this designer piece, with the bits of loose material hanging from it. And how it’s so unapologetic with its name emblazoned on the collar, in red no less. It’s a form of iconoclasm of luxury fashion but at the same time, a nod to the future of it. Shot against the iconic architecture of Tate Britain, it was the perfect way for me to interpret an edgy, rugged style that’s so nostalgic.
This look clashes polished and preppy with that worn-in vintage jacket look. The modern update of the classic shirt is asymmetric and striped – a pattern that wouldn’t go amiss among city boys – and teamed up with classic beige linen shorts. I love the combination of masculine and feminine, high neck and low hem here.
Investment pieces like a designer jacket should be as versatile as this one, and even better if it’s got a twist. Denim jackets were created as a utility piece and have gone through various iterations through time, from a staple in youth culture to an integral part of that ‘it’ look you saw in 80’s teen movies.
How would you style yours?