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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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 (riverisland.com); parka, £79, Very (very.co.uk); top, £135, J Brand (jbrandjeans.com); trousers, £115, Won Hundred (wonhundred.com); bag, £20, Monki (monki.com); shoes, £140, KG Kurt Geiger (kurtgeiger.com)
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.
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 (acnestudios.com); jumper, £18, Pretty Little Thing (prettylittlething.com); blouse, £125, Reiss (reiss.com); dress, £140, French Connection (frenchconnection.com); bag, £59, Dune (dunelondon.com); shoes, £55, Schuh (schuh.co.uk)
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.
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 (theoutnet.com); denim jacket, £54.95, Gap (gap.co.uk); dungarees, £39.99, Zara (zara.com); shirt, £30, Miss Selfridge (missselfridge.com); bag, £32, Asos (asos.com); shoes, £28, Next (next.co.uk)
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.