No one could really question whether the checked blazer is on its way out or not (it isn't—it's still selling like crazy). But there's certainly some stiff competition coming in thanks to a new, casual hybrid of a jacket in town. Part safari, part military, part tailored, almost always belted and rendered in any colour you want (although tan leather seems to be the trending option), this patch-pocketed number is notching up fans left, right and centre.
Two particular styles from the high street have been most triumphant in their reach on social media: Influencers have been having the tough time of choosing between H&M's slightly '70s belted style and Massimo Dutti's slightly slimmer camel version. As usual, Ganni—and a host of Scandi girls—could be credited with kick-starting the movement when it introduced belted leather jackets last year. Although the black version kindly reminded us that Gwyneth Paltrow had a great wardrobe in Sliding Doors, it was the more colourful versions that attracted the street style crowds—candy pink is the current frontrunner.
Most of all though, this spring jacket offers you great flexibility in an uncertain patch of poor weather: Cold and rainy? Layer up and belt it to still define your waist over jeans, trousers or a floaty skirt. Going to a festival? This is the cover-up to choose. Feeling hot after a brisk walk? Unbutton, unbelt and treat it more as a thrown-on lightweight shacket. Keep scrolling to see this jacket trend in action and shop the best ones for yourself.