Well, do we? I asked myself this a few days ago after seeing them all over Instagram for the last few weeks. It’s fashion month and it’s also autumn, so it’s to be expected that everyone is wearing jackets and blazers. I don’t like to buy into trends if I can help it, purely because by the time I get wear out of it, it has probably gone ‘out of fashion’. Unfortunately I was just too curious and on Monday I succumbed to the inevitable, deciding to give one a try whilst shopping online.

In fairness, I wanted to buy high street initially. I’d prefer to pay less if possible, but I do love amazing fabrics and tailoring for jackets which I think often (not always) ends up being a high end purchase for me. Although I found quite a few high street options I liked the colour of, many seemed to be out of stock in my size, or not quite the fit I wanted.

I have always loved the brand Sandro and drool over their clothes every time I see them in a store (before quietly sobbing when I see the prices). I’ve never purchased from them before but it’s never stopped me from window shopping. I had a look online, came across their Printed Tailored Jacket* and fell head over heels. It was more than I wanted to pay, but I decided to give it a go. Of course it could be sent back if it’s not for me (of course).

It arrived today and within minutes I was trying it on with items of clothing, to see if it would work with my current wardrobe. It’s nothing like any other jacket I own (I don’t normally go for anything too busy), but I adore the colours in the check and the dark button fastening. The pockets are real too, which is handy (fake pockets stress me out a little bit).

This jacket is available in a FR 36, 38 or 40. I went for the smallest size they had online, a 36 (which is classed as a S/Small), but I’d say it’s generous. I don’t mind though, as I wanted it to be a little oversized. For reference, I’m a UK 6 – 8 in the majority of my tops and dresses, and usually take an XS – S in jackets and coats. I’d normally go for an XS for a fabric jacket, and a S for items like leather jackets (I like to be able to move my arms easily and feel comfortable). I would have probably purchased this in an XS if it had of been an option, but I do like that it’s got a bit of an oversized feel. As its a little roomy, the sleeves are easy to pull up towards my elbows, which again is something I like to do with jackets and blazers, and means I can wear jumpers and other thicker clothing underneath too.

For me, this is certainly an investment piece. I think it’s classic enough to wear even after the A/W 17 check jacket trend dies out. This is of one those items I am going to get back out of my wardrobe year after year, I will make sure of it!

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