Back to School Style - The Perfect Jacket

It's back to school week again! So this week is all about Back to School style - for the mums.

Starting with The Perfect Jacket. Now I have a lot of jackets but the perfect everyday, school run jacket has eluded me to date. Blazers are too formal, denim jackets don't work if you wear denim jeans and I have yet to find a biker jacket that doesn't make me feel like I'm having a mid-life crisis.

I spotted this grey jacket in Mint Velvet and it seemed like it could be the one. It's more expensive than I would normally consider but now I've had some time to style it a few different ways, I know it's a keeper...
Grey is going to feature big this autumn in my wardrobe so this jacket fits in perfectly - I've only styled it 4 ways here but once my autumn winter clothes come out of storage, I'm going to enjoy coming up with more ways to get my price per wear target!

First up - with my lantern blouse and a touch of pink..
Jacket - Mint Velvet
Lantern Top - TK Maxx
Jeans - Heatons
White Vest - Primark
Pink Sparkle Pegasus - SGS Shop
Pink Ballet Pumps - M&S (past season)
You can see the gorgeous zip detail in the photo on the right. The jacket actually closes using hooks & eyes but there is a double zip feature on both sides and on the sleeves that can be opened or closed (in shots below)

Wearing with patterned jeans in the next outfit - and a white pegasus this time! These jeans are my most worn patterned trousers as they have grey and navy in them and fit so well with lots of my wardrobe.
Jacket - as before
Navy Top - Dorothy Perkins (SS12)
Patterned Jeans - Sainsburys (SS12)
Navy Pumps - Zalando
White Vest - Primark
White Pegasus - SGS Shop
Next up, the boyfriends get a look in - along with my new grey ankle boots which I am so pleased with. They are Clarks but past season. I found them on eBay for under £40 - love when that happens. Prepare to see more of them when the weather gets cooler.
Blue/white Breton - Boden
Boyfriend Jeans - Gap
Grey Leather Ankle Boots - Clarks (via eBay)
Last up, and the outfit that made my mind up about this jacket - with my grey maxi skirt, a scarf from the shop and a colour pop bag. Perfection! Don't like the pumps with it but it was one of those days - too cold for sandals, too warm for boots. Think I need me some grey flats...
Cream Vest - Planet at TK Maxx
Grey Maxi Skirt - Matalan
Grey Pearl Scarf - SGS Shop
Pink Cross Body Bag - Kurt Geiger (SS12)
Patent Pumps - M&S (AW12)
So there you go, in my opinion, the perfect school run jacket for autumn. It's a cotton/viscose mix but the fabric has a slight quilted feel to it so it's definitely a mid-weight jacket. Dry clean only but not too much of an issue thanks to the colour. I am wearing a 12 and I'd say if you are in-between sizes, to size up.

Back tomorrow with Back To School Style - The Perfect Accessories!



  1. What a great jacket (but then, I was always going to love a grey jacket, wasn't I?!!) Love the way you have styled it in so many ways. I think my fave is the casual styling with jeans and grey boots. Fab :)

  2. Loving all 4 ways you've styled the jacket & really do love pegasus necklace!
    Ruth x

  3. Fab jacket Avril & four great looks....those Clarks boots look an amazing buy x

  4. Looks fab fab fab on you!!!

  5. It's absolutely gorgeous Avril. I love grey and think it's easier to style than black xxx Love Liz xxx

  6. I can't find Mint Velvet in the states. I need to look, because you are correct. That is the perfect jacket!

  7. You got it! Must get mine out and put it on the blog too! Mine is a 12 too :) X

  8. I think you have styled it brilliantly to be honest and this jacket will be a great investment. Like those grey boots too! xx

  9. Hi Avril! Lovely choice and so very versatile and stylish, I love how it goes with maxi's and jeans! Hope you're well and have a fab week! Sharon xx

  10. Gorgeous - so versatile - it's the same with my grey Boden leather jacket which I have rediscovered - it goes with so much.

  11. You won't believe this but I was actually in Mint Velvet for the first time today and that jacket was the first thing I saw! Looks great on you!:)

  12. Super versatile jacket, I love the colour too. I know with Mint Velvet the quality will be outstanding


  13. I can see why you love the jacket - grey is so much more flattering than black.

  14. That's a great jacket...fab colour Avril

  15. I love grey anyway Avril - looks great on you - love the ankle boots! Dare I mention that I bought a biker style jacket from Zara a couple of months ago...?! xx

  16. Gorgeous jacket! It is a real winner & look how it goes with so much! A great investment! I'm on the hunt for a black leather biker but don't want to scream mid life crisis either! Lol! Ax


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