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Less is more: how to style a sleeveless jacket this spring

For maximal style impact this season, look no further than the sleeveless jacket; reinventing the coat from a simple cover-up to an ingenious layering tool

Fashion: Fiona Downie

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  • Double up

    Not ready to part with your cosy parka? Reinvent it with a contrasting, rigid jacket. Structured stiff fabrics work best when layering over thick, padded coats. 

    Sleeveless jacket, £55, River Island (; parka, £79, Very (; top, £135, J Brand (; trousers, £115, Won Hundred (; bag, £20, Monki (; shoes, £140, KG Kurt Geiger (

  • Major impact

    The addition of a sleeveless jacket over a suit breathes new life into office staples. Longer lengths and flowing fabrics work well with tailoring while clashing prints give a confident finishing touch.

    Sleeveless jacket, £250, Jaeger (; jacket, £39.99, and trousers, £69.99, both Mango (; bag, £22.99, New Look (; shoes, £79.95, Moda in Pelle (

  • Pick ’n’ mix

    When spring finally arrives, ditch your coat, switch to a sleeveless jacket and simultaneously show off your most stylish knits. It’s a transitional season win-win. Mix textures and fabrics for an eclectic day look. 

    Sleeveless jacket, £900, Acne Studios (; jumper, £18, Pretty Little Thing (; blouse, £125, Reiss (; dress, £140, French Connection (; bag, £59, Dune (; shoes, £55, Schuh (

  • The tux 2.0

    Elevate your evening look with a sleeveless tux. Keep colours simple then finish with eye-catching colour-pop or metallic accessories for a contemporary twist on a classic style. 

    Sleeveless jacket, £180, Whistles (; top, £59, Coast (; trousers, £79, Cos (; bag, £110, Uterqüe (; shoes, £199, Kurt Geiger (

  • Dress down

    If wearing double denim feels too full on, a textured sleeveless jacket will break up the overall effect. Try on-trend shearling to soften the impact of the total look. 

    Sleeveless jacket, £598, Iris and Ink (; denim jacket, £54.95, Gap (; dungarees, £39.99, Zara (; shirt, £30, Miss Selfridge (; bag, £32, Asos (; shoes, £28, Next (

  • Get sporty

    There is no doubt that a sporty ribbed dress is the skinny knit of the season: take yours to a new level by adding a sleek sleeveless tunic. Cinch with a belt for a strong silhouette. 

    Tunic, £280, 2ndDay (; dress, £39.50, M&S (; roll neck, £25, Oasis (; bag, £295, LK Bennett (; trainers, £29.99, H&M (

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