DENIM JACKET - WAREHOUSE (similar here) / SUNGLASSES - ZEROUV* / EARRINGS - DOROTHY PERKINS / DRESS - NEW LOOK / CARDIGAN - VERO MODA AT ASOS (similar here) / SHOES - NEW LOOK (similar here)
I've never imagined denim as a material that I could pull off - it's thick, has little room for stretching, and, on a note unrelated to appearance, completely lacks insulation. I've never found a denim piece that I've fallen in love with - I'm sure most women can relate when I say I've never found the perfect pair of jeans, and I doubt I ever will - but this denim jacket that I bought off a colleague for a fiver, comes close.
I can just imagine this jacket on a leggy blonde (probably Blake Lively, or Taylor Swift) riding down Highway 1 in an open top Mustang, Stan Smith-donned feet dangling over the passenger door by the wing mirror, Beach Boys on the radio. Her boyfriend is wearing a matching jacket, but not in a cringe-fest Britney and Justin kind of way. They're driving somewhere cool, maybe to meet friends down at the beach to catch the sunset or to a relaxed get-together in someone's parent's back garden. It's late July and they haven't got anything to worry about until Summer ends and they go back to college.
MEANWHILE, back in reality, I'm standing outside my local golf club after my boyfriend's played nine holes, trying to get a good picture without my hair flying into my face, somewhat turning me into a frustrated Cousin It. It's two degrees, my hands are turning blue (on the upside, they'll match my jacket), and I'm losing the light. Not metaphorically; it's literally getting dark at 5pm.
On the plus side, I friggin love this jacket. It's just the right pinch of casual without bordering on scruffy. I would happily wear this for drinks with a pair of high-waisted, black jeans and some barely-there strappy heels.
Better still, wearing this has made me consider buying into this season's denim trend. I'm salivating over Stella McCartney's denim jumpsuits, Michael Kors' cocoon coats and Frame's white alternatives - though I'm still mulling over whether I can pull off these extrovert looks, or whether I should stick to the basics. What do you think? Do you have any stand-out denim pieces this season?