EVERYONE NEEDS - A Khaki Jacket

The weather in the UK right now is just about as unpredictable as Donald Trump's tweets. One minute I'm basking in sunshine and then next I'm wondering if my rain-filled shoes will survive a spin in the washing machine. Hence the need for a great lightweight jacket.

I always favour one that can survive being rolled up into a bag during the day and then unfurled at night to make an appearance at a pub bench. Whilst I love denim, I'm also often in jeans, and although I can't fault the obvious musical genius of Bewitched, I just don't share their love of double denim. Therefore I have a growing collection of khaki jackets.

  Jacket by    River Island

Jacket by River Island

My recent purchase from River Island has been the best addition to my wardrobe so far this season. It's 100% cotton, unlined, and has subtle stud details on the collar. It's available now for £45 in sizes 4-16 online in petite size and also in plus sizes 18-28.  Do note that I've found over time that the distressed hem can start looking a bit stringy.....don't be scared to just trim it with scissors, you won't do any damage.

  Jacket by    River Island    Photo by    Remco Merbis

Jacket by River Island Photo by Remco Merbis

I bought mine in-store and it's a regular fit size 14. If the petite size it's all that's available now then don't be put off trying it. I wear mine with the sleeves rolled up and the overall length is quite long, so I think a regular height person could get away with the petite.

  My 'broken arm pose'. Jacket by    River Island    Jeans by    River Island    Shoes by    La Paire

My 'broken arm pose'. Jacket by River Island Jeans by River Island Shoes by La Paire

I wear it over maxi dresses or skinny jeans, and find a cross body bag helps to make it look less boxy if I'm wearing a high neck top (as above illustration). I'm always wearing a bit of sparkle too and will be writing about my recent beaded accessories haul soon.

  Jacket by    River Island

Jacket by River Island

I'm hoping in the future that all brands will shoot each of the pieces in their collections on a range of diverse models, but whilst we wait for that I've decided to illustrate some of my favourite looks on a variety of sizes as above (20, 14 and 8). I think you'll agree that this jacket looks amazing on all three.
I sketched them in pencil first, then added colour with a mix of watercolour and gouache, and then added a black outline in my favourite ink pen. It was fun to mix up the accessories with each one too.

I'd love to know what you think. Please leave a comment or tweet me.

Photos by Remco Merbis