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The Wishlist: Off-Duty Jackets

The Wishlist: Off-Duty Jackets

To be at leisure – the definition of the term ‘off-duty’, and what the weekends were made for. Those long, lazy days spent strolling around town, at pavement cafes and brunching to your heart’s content require a look that is chic but effortless. One you can be at ease in. This season, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Saint Laurent have all championed relaxed jackets perfect for off-duty dressing, each with a high-fashion twist that keeps things fresh and on-trend. From denim to floral bombers, these lightweight styles are perfect for spring and the unpredictable weather that comes with it.

Saint Laurent denim jacket and bag

THE BLEACHED DENIM

The denim jacket, a wardrobe mainstay, has been given an update this season by the world’s most-revered purveyors of rock ‘n’ roll chic, Saint Laurent. A tried and tested outerwear essential, especially in the warmer months, this bleached-out version is guaranteed to become your best wardrobe friend. And fade.

Dolce and Gabbana floral bomber jacket and Saint Laurent bag

THE FLORAL BOMBER

The bomber jacket is a perennial outerwear favourite for modern, fashion-forward women. Easy to wear with an edge afforded by its military past and slightly masculine silhouette, Dolce & Gabbana made this one for the girls with a pretty floral print. The perfect piece for breezy spring-time days.

Helmut Lang black vinyl jacket and Gucci Dionysus bag and Tee

THE VINYL JACKET

A shiny patent finish and slim fit make this Helmut Lang jacket a cool-girl’s weekend essential. Wear over a Tee and pair with your favourite designer bag for a laid-back, statement-making look that will turn more than a few heads for all the right reasons.

Gucci denim jacket with fur cuffs and patch and Fendi bag

THE FUR CUFFS

The new rules of denim are: there are no rules. Shearling collars, fur cuffs, patches and plaid linings are all amongst the most covetable additions to this new breed of jacket. Gucci, of course, are pioneers of the more-is-more trend, and their variation on the trusted jean jacket is a perfect weekend throw-on – dress it down with a simple floral dress and casual heeled boots.

Saint Laurent black and white Heaven varsity bomber jacket

THE VARSITY BOMBER

Anthony Vaccarello’s new vision for Saint Laurent combines the brand’s bohemian rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic with a modern approach to glamour. Together, they result in jackets like this Varsity-inspired bomber that is relaxed enough for day-time but could easily translate into night with heels and a clutch. A weekend must-have.