Under Cover for Summer: Jackets, Shawl or…Coat?

Post by TM

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve acquired a few items of clothing that I am going to assemble to form a wedding guest outfit (for myself, for when my friend gets married in July.) 

It’s simple; I got a mid-length skirt, a camisole top and strappy heels but today it occurred to me – what the hell will I put over it when it gets cold? Even though it is Ireland and it might be properly cold in July I refuse to wear a coat. For one thing, it won’t go with the look, for another it will be July for God’s sake.

midi skirt cami top strappy heels

An easy solution and I bet you’re thinking it too, is a shawl or pashmina. Hmm. I don’t think I can do it. There are so many alternatives out there and shawls are a little bit passé. But admittedly handy when you have nothing else (and it can double as a picnic blanket if you find yourself on some grass or a blanket blanket if you find yourself at a late night summer soirée and you’re getting a little sleepy.

Summer cover-ups are no problem for ordinary days. An open shirt is a great solution and of course there’s the denim jacket, parka, and the humble cardi to keep you covered if there’s a bit of a chill. It’s event wear that can be hard to finish off.

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A very stylish option is a light blazer in a bright colour. It works well with pencil skirts and trousers and can be shoulder-robed á la Jamie Chung for optimum chicness.

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A blazer may not work as well with fuller skirts (unless it’s one that belongs to a handsome fellow who lent it to you as the sun went down) so a short classic Chanel style jacket would work for this style.

I was browsing through the Carolyn Donnelly section in Dunnes the other day and was pleased to come across some lovely (but expensive, for Dunnes) summer coats. Now that’s an option I didn’t consider, but it’s a great one! The one below also comes in silver and costs €159. Summer coats will last well into autumn with layering, so they could well be worth the investment.

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If you are colour blocking or your outfit is based on one colour palette, another nice idea is a kimono or a kimono style top.

kimono style top

Leather jackets, ‘traditionally’ used in fashion to funk up a look can work but only when you are careful about it – because it can also look try-hard or sloppy. Fine lines!

leather jacket and dress

I still haven’t got a cover up for the wedding outfit I’ve put together but I’ve given myself a few ideas now. The power of brain-storming. Which option would you go for?

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