Vogue is declaring the bomber jacket the new coat du jour this year! A classic fashion staple and darling of Hip Hop community in the naughties, the bomber jacket must be the coolest way to stay warm! All major designers from Gucci to Acne offer a variety of styles of the off-duty staple this year.
This uncomplicated blouson, as the bomber jacket is also know as, is easy to style and pair: Imagine unexpected combos like a sequined evening dress with the sporty jacket or do it like Romantique and Rebel, making it your sartorial choice for a day of sight seeing in London!
My favourite way of styling the bomber jacket is just like Mossy does it in the photo: Offset the casual bomber with a carefully ironed, crisp shirt, skinny jeans, ankle boots and structured bag and you’re good to go!
For a day of sightseeing in London’s East (check back for the full report soon), I’m wearing skinny jeans by J Crew, Breton jumper by St James, ankle boots by Jil Sander and a blue satin bomber jacket.
Yes I freely admit wearing bomber flight jackets is not really my forte. But now and then it’s good to mix things up, one can’t always wear Swiss lace and brocade dresses. My bomber jacket is made of wintery wool – a toned down version of the classic shiny nylon or silk. Paired with denim and ankle boots, this is an easy and relaxed look for every day.
I’m wearing a wool blouson by Closed, denim by Hugo Boss Orange, ankle boots by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni.
Mirrored sunglasses by Topshop and pink quilted leather crossbody bag by LCredi.
Rebel’s style inspiration: Kate Moss wearing a military bomber.
Romantique’s style inspo: Classy Karlie Kloss wearing a personalised Rag and Bone Bomber jacket.
The Caban Jacket, known as a “pea coat” in English speaking countries, is a classic sailor jacket, the coat equivalent to the striped Tee. It’s a French style icon worn by the “usual suspects” – the heroines of French chic: Alexa Chung & French Vogue Editor Emannuelle Alt.
It comes in a variety of styles so there is one for every body type: From short jacket to longer hemmed coats, traditionally double breasted with gold buttons and a wide collar.
Let’s see how we style this classic in our two different styles, Romantique and Rebel:
For me, the best way to style this shorter length caban jacket is casual with skinny jeans and flats. This is my Sunday morning brunch outfit, relaxed yet still chic without looking over-engineered. A striped mariniere shirt is also one of my favourite combos. After all, I live in Hamburg, near one of Europe’s biggest ports so the sailor style is always en vogue here up north.
Rebel is wearing: Navy pea coat by Max & Co. Skinny jeans by JBrand. Pointy boots by Buffalo. Adorned straw bag by Sicily Bag.
I decided to go for a risky experiment: How about pairing the sailor pea coat with a sailor skirt? Straight cut navy twill with a double row of white buttons. At first I was afraid of the clashing buttons but it turned out well! The navy beret brings the whole outfit together, parfait!
Romantique is wearing: Navy pea coat by Max & Co. Navy skirt by Claudie Pierlot. Leopard print flats by Kurt Geiger. Navy beret bought at John Lewis. Embellished straw bag by Sicily Bag. Sunglasses by Miu Miu.
Photo location: Berlin Museum Island.
French Vogue Editor Emmanuelle Alt wearing a caban jacket with gold buttons.
Alexa Chung wearing a long navy wool pea coat
In a world where everyone from nine to 90 wears jeans, what does “age appropriate” actually mean?
Dressing your age means feeling comfortable in your own skin and working with what you’ve got. In my case, now that I’m in my 40s, I find myself wanting to dress not necessarily younger but edgier. I want to push my boundaries, to find silhouettes that are modern and clean and have a twist – therefore I can not say goodbye to my Allstar Converse. I need a little funk. Not a lot. But enough to keep it all interesting.
My beloved Allstar Converse in Black, Bag by Moschino.
The key to successfully looking age appropriate and modern is paying attention to what feels right on you – trust your instincts and don’t get distracted by 25 year old girls with 30 million followers on instagram, that’s not helpful. Take your cue from women who do it well, like Charlize Theron, Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney. Age classy, not trashy and you dress your age.
I wore: Blazer by Tommy Hilfiger, Shirt and Flats by Jcrew
The feel and smell of a waxed Barbour jacket evokes memories of walks in he British countryside, Diana in the 80s or most recently, Alexa Chung wading in the mud of music festivals in Wellies and the perennial staple.
The Barbour is a classic because it’s never “in” – hence it can never be “out”. If you own this British legend, you can sit back and relax while hysteric fashion-junkies are running after the latest trends.
How to wear the Barbour Jacket?
- An oversized Barbour, slung over girly dresses or sexy shorts will give any outfit that British dishevelled, cool-as-ice look.
- Pair the subtle jacket with a bold accessory – a red-hot hat will liven up the 80s image of the jacket
- Throw a pair of converse chucks into the mix for added sprinkle of nonchalance
- Clash shamelessly: Alexa Chung (below) is combining pearls and ruffle blouse with the classic
I am wearing:
- Barbour Jacket
- J Brand Denim
- Converse chucks
- Red hat by BCBG
- Mirrored sunglasses by Paul Smith
Ruffle blouse, pearls and the Barbour jacket.
t’s fashion week in London! Rebel flew in from Hamburg, especially for the occasion, which meant lots of “girly nonsense” time, as Mr Romantique disparagingly refers to our chatter.
Twice a year, this festival of style takes place at Somerset House – one of London’s major cultural venues in the heart of the city. You don’t need show tickets to enjoy the London Fashion Week atmosphere. The courtyard of Somerset house is open to the public. British fashion is known for its classic heritage brands as well as edgy eccentric South East London style reflected by the many fashionistas flocking to LFW. Stay tuned for a full run-down of our favourite’s LFW outfits.
What to wear at London Fashion Week:
London is known for it’s gaudy, eclectic style, where everyone wants to stand out as unique. Rather than trying to keep up or even outdo the fashionistas, we dressed true to our own styles, picking wearable pieces that we might don in the office, whilst still looking slick. For us, every day may as well be a fashion show! Rebel and I had lots of fun immersing ourselves in the eclectic London style mix, which we found to be a great source of inspiration.
Rebel is wearing:
- Long pear necklace from Gabriele Frantzen
- Skinny Jeans by Topshop
- Blue sandals by Zara
- Blue blazer with gold buttons by Tommy Hilfiger
- red sunglasses by Paul Smith
- Red lipstick: Ruby Woo by MAC
Romantique is wearing:
- Bordeaux coloured dress and white Peter Pan colour by Max & Co
- Leopard print pointy flats by BCBG
- Macaron bracelet by N2 Les Nereides
- Brown cross body bag by Moschino
- Sunglasses wayfarer by Ray Ban
- Red lipstick: Ruby Woo and Viva Glam by MAC
The French photographer loved my little French school uniform outfit!
Take three classic items, each made timeless by Coco Chanel:
- Little Bouclé jacket
- Two-toned ballet pump
Et voilà, the Coco Chanel look is perfect!
I find it fascinating that Madame Chanel liberated women from the constraints of their corsets in the 20’s, revolutionising the way women dress, and nearly a century later, her influence continues to make an impact. This is largely due to the genius of Karl Lagerfeld, who manages to keep Coco’s wardrobe classics fresh by constantly reinventing them.
What is your favourite Coco Canel basic? The long pearl necklace? The tweed suit? The quilted leather handbag? Or the simple breton striped shirt?
- Stripey dress by Max & Co SS2014
- Woven leather handbag from Gharani Strok
- Bouclé jacket by MKT Studio
- Silver cap ballet pump from Hispanitas
- Sunglasses from Dolce and Gabbana
Every day, I get up at 5:45 am.
This is definitely too early to think about what to wear on a Friday! In such cases it’s good to pick a outfit combination from my wardrobe that works easy- denim, a white shirt, black blazer and white trainers.
On me: Blazer by See by Chloé, JBrand, white shirt by H&M, Trainers by Tigers
We all become desillusioned with our wardrobe sometimes (“Nothing to wear” anyone?). Our cupboards are bursting with too many trendy pieces and we lose overview. On one of those days, I fall back on to my essentials. These basics are classic wardrobe items I slip on and instantly feel good and comfortable.
My essential capsule collection includes:
- Navy blue blazer with gold buttons a la Emanuelle Alt by Tommy Hilfiger – preppy style always works
- White T-shirt (Lufthansa overnight kit)
- Black skinny jeans by Zara
- Flat ballerina pumps by Pretty Ballerina
- Chanel-esque pearls by Bijoux Brigitte
- Big, “Go to hell” sunglasses by Blumarine
For a splash of fun colour, I added a royal blue bucket bag from Badgley Mischka.
Street style Hamburg. Bag from Badgley Mischka
Emmanuelle Alt wearing a navy blue Blazer with gold buttons from Balmain.
Style inspiration Emmanuelle Alt, editor in chief of French Vogue. Her look is classic, sexy, effortless, French. If you stand in front of your full wardrobe, not knowing what to chose, go for timeless simplicity. A tailored blazer, skinny jeans and stylish pointy or ballerina flats will always make you look pulled together without trying to hard.
I really like the brand Barbour because there is no fashion show and no advertising campaign featuring Kate Moss in the pipeline. Once you’ve got a Barbour in your cupboard, it never leaves. I grew to love my Barbours jacket – it’s almost like they become part of the family, part of the royal family? Better leave the golden retriever and the shotgun at home.
The Barbour can be worn with just about anything – from a woolly jumper to a cocktail dress. As such, it fits in perfectly with this season’s layered hippydeluxe vibe and can be used to “toughen up” a ruffle skirt, for example, or dress down a chiffon maxi-dress and if you’re not wearing it, you can even sit on it. It just works really hard!
On me:Barbour Jacket, Tribeca denim, Madonna Shirt by H&M, BCBGeneration leopard flats
While my sister, Romantique, is dancing in Australia in her wedding dress like Audrey Hepburn in “Fanny Face” – Fred Astaire/ Mr. Romantique unfortunately is not in the picture – I’m totally in love with my hoody cardigan.
Hoody Duffle Cardigan by Lagerfeld, Skinny Jeany by Zara, Animal Heels by BCBG, Socks by Tk Maxx, Sunglasses by Hogan
Mix it up on the feet – animal high heels and funny striped socks