The joy of a jacket

The joy of a jacket

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If I had to choose one item of clothing that I prefer above all others, it would always, always be a blazer.  This probably also explains why spring and autumn are my favourite seasons; perfect for my ‘uniform’ of jeans, blazer, top and ankle boots or trainers.  For me, blazers are the ideal piece to add structure and style to any outfit.  Add in the undoubted fact of their versatility (there aren’t many pieces that you can wear to the office that will still look cool and casual paired with jeans at the weekend) and frankly, they are a no-brainer purchase!

Those of you who have been following me for a while will be familiar with my love of a white blazer.  These work for every season and are a life saver if you are one of the many who unfortunately suffer from scalp psoriasis.  The joy of a white blazer is that all such flaking remains camouflaged, so you can hold your head up high without the worry of a snow flurry on your shoulders!  This season the classic blazer complete with gold buttons, is back in vogue and of course good old Marks & Spencer have come up trumps with this M&S Collection Gold Button Jacket. I love this … in fact, despite the many white jackets in my wardrobe, I have already bought this to add to my collection!

M and s blazer
Photo: Marks & Spencers

For a more Chanel inspired design, look no further than the River Island White Bouclé Double Breasted Jacket. For me, this shape is much more flattering than the usual boxy style bouclés and is one that I think would be a hardworking wardrobe staple. 

River Island Boucle
Photo: River Island

You don’t have to stick with a white palette to camouflage scalp psoriasis.  Any jacket with a pattern will do the job just as well.  The checked blazers that were seen everywhere last autumn/winter don’t appear to have lost their popularity, and this Pink/Grey Check Double Breasted Jacket from Next is a lovely soft shade that will work well through the summer and into the autumn. 

Next check jacket
Photo: Next

Staying with softer shades, the Double Breasted Style Blazer from River Island is another great option.  Lovely with navy or white, this would bring a real touch of summer to your look. 

River island suit
Photo: River Island

As we move into the summer months and (hopefully!) warmer temperatures, a linen jacket is always a good investment. This Light Beige Linen Jacket from H&M is a staple that will see you from the office to after work drinks and onto dinner out or a weekend break.  Gorgeous with boyfriend jeans, capri pants, a leopard print maxi skirt or white wide legged palazzos … this is a truly versatile jacket.  

H and M linen jacket
Photo: H&M

For a jacket that makes a definite statement this Linen Blend jacket  also from H&M would be gorgeous over black, navy or charcoal grey, and the inclusion of the white stripe ensures camouflage in the event of a scalp psoriasis being an issue. 

H and M stripe jacket
Photo: H&M

Finally, I love a jacket to form part of my evening look.  It makes dressing up very easy.  Paired against the background of white skinnies and a vest top, or black crops and a silk cami, a statement jacket such as this Metallic Blazer from Zara makes for an elegant look that is sufficiently glitzy whilst keeping your skin under wraps.  Just add some fabulous heels and a clutch bag and you’ll be ready to hit the town!

Zara metallic jacket
Photo: Zara

I have a pal who treats her blazers as part of her daily look and has even been known to complete all her housework whilst wearing one!  I’m not sure that I would necessarily go that far, but I do believe that they are an essential component of any wardrobe and inject an elegance and style to whatever you are wearing.  For those of us with psoriasis, this is often something that we look for; an outfit that will enable us to look chic and feel stylish despite the fact that our skin may not be looking or feeling too good.  If one simple jacket can achieve that, then it will always very definitely get the thumbs up from me.  All hail the blazer!

UK/IE MAT-16272 . Date of preparation: April 2018

Blog post developed in partnership with LEO Pharma.

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