Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Jacket Lust and an OOTD

Even though Chicago is dragging winter out as long as possible (yes snow from last night, I'm looking at you) I am so excited about the pending arrival of spring.  I'm ready for sunshine, evening walks, picnics, bare legs, and raspberry lemonade.  I'm also so excited about all the spring fashion at my fingertips.  In Texas, spring is a bit of a relative term lol.  Texas gets about two weeks of spring before summer steals its thunder, ushering in sweltering heat and a desperation to wear as few layers as possible.  So this year, I am planning to soak up all things fashion that a "real" spring has to offer and at the top of that list is spring jackets.

I've always been a blazer lover, but this spring I am oogling the millions of lightweight jackets that find a happy medium between coat and tunic.  (And for the first time, I've living in a place where spring weather actually requires a light jacket.)  A few weeks ago, Chicago teased us with a few warm days, and being the naive Texan that I am, I thought this meant spring had sprung.  (Sigh...if only.)  So I started my hunt for spring jackets, with an olive colored one at the top of my list.  After several misses, I saw this olive lovely hanging on the rack at Gap.  I wasn't sure about the fit, but once I put it on and got the belt situated, I was in love.

DSCN4684Jacket: Gap {here}
Tee: Ann Taylor {similar here}
Jeans: J.Crew skinnies
Necklace: Kate Spade {similar here}
Bracelets: vintage and thrifted mix

I like that the jacket isn't too structured or form fitting, but it doesn't swallow me and make me look like a fluffy marshmallow either (no offense to my winter coats.)  I'm looking forward to wearing it different ways, trading the bow for leather belts and colorful scarves, and wearing it open with the bow tied in the back on sunny days.  And in my obsession for the perfect spring jacket, I found a few more that I might have to add to my closet.  I wouldn't want this olive pretty to be lonely :)

Spring jackets1. Burberry Brit Metallic Anorak {similar here}  2. Banana Republic Ruffle Nylon Jacket (on sale!)  3. J.Crew Matinee Trench 4. Anthropologie Singing in the Showers Slicker 5. Gap Floral Print Jacket (on sale!) 6. J.Crew Utility Jacket (on sale!)  7. Anthropologie Weather Report Cape  8. Rag & Bone Dinner Stripe Blazer 9. Aryn K. Stripe Blazer 10. Anthracite by Muse Boyfriend Jacket 11. Free People Suede Jacket 12. Elizabeth and James Codi Jacket 13. Ali Ro Completer Anorak

Is anyone else looking forward to spring jackets?  Got any favorites I should add to my growing collection? :)


Andi said...

You look fantastic! LOVE that jacket.

Anonymous said...

Allison you should be a fashion designer.

Emily said...

I love all of those jackets!!! Its so hard to find the 'perfect' one...I'm glad you did.

Also! You should do a post on your jewelry, behind you in the picture... I LOVE how you have it displayed & hung!!! :)

PursuitOfLLT said...

I tried on that exact jacket the other week and loved it! I was buying a ton of other work clothes though and put it back for another time. So funny. Isn't it the perfect weight though? And I'm a sucker for any jackets with a belt.

Did you end up getting my email back the other day?

Allison said...

Andi and Anon...thank you!

Emily...I actually have done a post on my jewelry. You can see it here:

LLT: Great minds think alike :) And yes, I did get your email, I'm super behind in email responses right now, but I'm totally pumped for our blogger date :)

Nicole Marie said...

love the jacket ! so cute!

Tina said...

oh my god... i need that gap jacket right now!! that is like the exact kind of jacket i'm looking for! and it's sold out! lol keep posting them ootd! love all of yours! :)

Ashley Stone said...

love it! I need to go shopping for some cute jackets.

i love mochi said...

what a perfect jacket on you!

Kinsey Michaels said...

i'm all about the spring coats right now too. i really love the gap coat you picked out!!
so far, the only "coat" purchase i've made this season is a gorgeous red trench from forever 21. the quality of it really surprised me and the fit is really nice. for $25, it was a chic bargain ;)

The Belle Epoquista said...

Love how you've styled the jacket and breton stripe top!

Also loving this post because I love in a sub-tropic cliate so this is about all I need for winter. I'm always on the hunt for cute ways to wear light weight winter wear!

she851518 said...

You have really great work on fashion, I have also some collection on the spring fashion I hope you like it

Blondie said...

Love it!! looks really cute on you! ive been looking for a nice oight wait jacket for spring for a few weeks Im gonna have to check out gap now :)

Also LOVE the way your Jewellery is stored behind you!