My dream summer jacket – weatherproof, colourful and fun

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Following on from yesterday’s timeless summer essentials blog post, I thought I’d share some quick pics of my new jacket. I’ve been searching for a suitable spring/summer coat for a while (mine are all too bulky for this time of year) and I finally found what I was looking for this month. My plan was to get a coat that’s light enough for those cooler-but-sunny-days that could be rolled up into my backpack when the weather heats up. I’m planning to spend a lot of my summer outdoors this year, so it the jacket also needed to be water resistant in case I got caught in a rain shower during a long walk (which has already happened to me one sunny day in May, hence the need for waterproofiness).Sure, it was easy to find low-cost thin cotton jackets for summer, but I knew they wouldn’t keep the drizzle at bay. And most of the more weatherproof coats I found were in darker colours and reminded me of going hiking in the winter. I didn’t want to feel like a professional mountaineer, I just wanted to wear something casual that would also be practical. Wow, I’m such a grown-up!So the solution was this eye-catching raincoat from Brakeburn. It’s totally weather proof, has a hood and big roomy pockets for stashing my phone and purse. And the aqua colour with bright ‘dashes’ print is really eye-catching. It’s exactly what I wanted my summer coat to be; practical yet fun. I can justify the price when I think about the cost-per-wear; I reckon we’ll be down to pennies in no time!I’d trawled countless stores and shopped online until I dropped before discovering this coat, so I knew it was the best of the bunch for my needs. What do you think of it?? While I was adding this to my basket on the JD Williams website I spotted some bargain shell tops with comfy drop sleeves on the homepage. They come in a range of prints and colours, so I plumped for a floral pattern to see me through the summer. One thing to note if you’re shopping with JD Williams, the sizes come up a bit big so maybe order on size smaller than your usual dress size and definitely check the size guide on the website to compare your measurements. I could have done with the top being two sizes smaller, so that gives you an idea of the roominess in this design.I’m totally thrilled with my summer jacket. We went for an evening walk along the promenade last week as the sun was setting, and there was a slight chill in the air. I pulled on my lightweight coat and was instantly warmed. I could have spend all evening on the beach in this jacket, no problem. I’ll definitely be wearing it all spring, summer and autumn. And if I can get a chunky jumper under it, I think it’ll serve me well for winter too. Especially with the cosy adjustable cuffs and snuggly drawstring hood. So happy I found this 🙂

Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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