What Is A Shacket?

It's a reasonable question, no? I for one was pretty confused. Having only just come around to the word "jeggings" (However, I refuse to spend time with anyone who owns a pair - sorry not sorry) the idea of a "shacked" seemed pretty ridiculous. At first I thought it was a hipster term for sh*t jacket. But no...

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Turns out shackets are pretty damn useful. It's a thicker fabric than a shirt, but lighter than a jacket.  This one from And Other Stories (part of the H&M group for those who haven't shopped their before - think of it in the same way that Massimo Dutti is for the Zara group) is rapidly proving it's worth. 

I'm wearing with all my other usual basics - and it also looks really cool with floral maxi dresses (on that subject this dress from Topshop's new season is firmly on the wish list...) and trainers... It'll be incredibly handy when it gets a bit warmer, but also looks good layered under a coat for winter. I've put a few of my favourite finds above - but I think my one is the leader of the pack...

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On the subject of trainers I've finally succumbed to the blogger craze and bought the Isabel Marant Barts. First it was the Stan Smiths (which I still regret not buying) and then these took over. Saying that I categorically refuse to spend £265 on trainers unless they have done super power like get rid of cellulite or can make me fly... As usual I spent a week stalking Vestiaire Collective. By stalking I mean obsessively setting alerts, not trusting the alerts so checking myself, and bartering like a MOFO. Eventually I swagged a pair for £96. I've been keeping an eye open and if any of you are a size 37 then these are still available in white, and these in a size 7 in black. I hate myself for being such a fashion victim, but hey... See all their offering here.

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The top is new too, also from And Other Stories. You can't see in these pictures (and forgive me but it was way too cold to take my coat off) but it has a lovely scooped back, have a look here. I'm finding this style of top really useful at the moment. Whilst I'm still working on my Victoria Secret-like body for Spring which has been a lifetime project alongside my Haagan Dazs appreciation, tops with an open back are incredibly flattering. I mean, who can have a chubby back, really?

I don't mean the side bits, most people are a bit fluffy around the edges. I mean the actual centre of someone's back is never fat. So we should show them off. I'm currently eyeing up this plain white one and this black silky one is super flattering. I'd wear them exactly as the models do; with jeans and either trainers or low heels. I've put a few other finds above, none of them are very expensive so give it a go... Ooh and as a side note I can wear a normal bra with mine as the cut out stops just about the bra strap.

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Other key bits to this outfit - which really is my default weekend look - are a good pair of slim fit jeans. Mine here are from Paige, but I've recently discovered Jigsaw's denim offering and it's very good - check it out here. Both choices are butter soft; smart enough for a shirt and jeans but hard wearing enough for every day use. I treat my jeans badly (tumble drying most weeks) and they come out fine - I've had this pair for about 2 years.

Last but not least my bag. This was a Christmas present from the lovely team at Liz Matthews who look after Hill and Friends. Emma Hill (not the blogger) who is the genius who made Mulberry cool moved on and created her own brand, and this is the result. The bags are meant to be fun yet purposeful; my one (named the Happy Satchel) is the perfect example. It fits my life in, structured enough not to lose shape and always get noticed. It's love.

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Photos by Amelia Allen Photography, taken using the Canon 5D available at John Lewis.


Eloise said...

Hahah sh*t jacket was my first thought too! xx

Jens C. Kruse said...


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