Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes

I’ve got a feeling I’m going to be getting a lot of wear out of these culottes over Spring/Summer. They’re so comfortable and much more versatile than I’d imagined. I bought them for my trip to Abu Dhabi where I only wore flat shoes, but I’ve discovered they work equally well with heels. Wearing cropped trousers or culottes gives you the opportunity to show off your shoes, so you can let them be the focus of attention and keep the rest of the outfit simple. I’m not of the “less is more” inclination though, so the gold sandals have to share the limelight.

The jacket is cropped so it doesn’t cover the waistband of the culottes – a longer jacket would ruin the silhouette and look shapeless.

For cooler Spring temperatures this lightweight biker jacket and culottes is a great option because they provide coverage without bulk. The jacket is cropped so it doesn’t cover the waistband of the culottes – a longer jacket would ruin the silhouette and look shapeless. With voluminous garments it’s important to have some definition otherwise they can swamp your body. My general rule is to pair a fitted top with a looser bottom half, or vice versa.

As it’s a lightweight fabric I could wear it for the office instead of a blazer, and under a long coat when it’s colder.

The ivory and black jacket is from online store Yoins, a brand I hadn’t heard of until recently. When I ordered the jacket I was expecting the fabric to be thicker and more rigid, but it’s a crepe type material. As it’s a lightweight fabric I could wear it for the office instead of a blazer, and under a long coat when it’s colder. I had to be careful with the sizing as Yoins has a standard size guide on the website but individual items vary in their sizing. This jacket is a UK 12-14 (the largest size available at the time) but I would say it’s more like a size 10. It is a little snug on the bust and shoulders, but not tight or restrictive. I’m wearing a black vest underneath which is fine, but I couldn’t comfortably wear a jumper with it. A thin blouse would be fine though.

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes

My advice when ordering from overseas is: check the individual garment’s size guide, measure yourself accurately and check the returns policy.

When ordering from an overseas brand for the first time I’m always a bit apprehensive. I came across mixed reviews from customers – the negative ones mainly due to the delivery time. I was expecting to wait about three weeks for the jacket to arrive, but to my surprise it turned up in just over a week. All good. My advice when ordering from overseas is: check the individual garment’s size guide, measure yourself accurately and check the returns policy.

For accessories I took my cue from the gold tone zip and buttons on the jacket: a simple gold necklace that I’ve had for years, gold chain handle on my faux fur bag and strappy Biba sandals that are more comfortable than they look! The gold accents make up for the lack of colour I usually crave. I added a chunky bracelet, hat and sunglasses to complete the look.

Are you a fan of culottes or are they a no-go for you? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to link up your outfits!

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes zara-faux-fur-bag

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes gold-biba-sandals

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes

Lightweight Biker Jacket and Culottes

Outfit details: Yoins jacket c/o | Yumi culottes (similar) | Biba sandals (old, similar) | Zara hat (similar) | Zara bag (similar) | Joe’s sunglasses (similar)

 


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*Disclaimer: I was gifted the jacket in exchange for a review. All opinions are completely honest and unbiased. This post contains some affiliate links meaning I may earn a small amount if you click on them, which goes towards the running costs of the blog.

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Shein tribal print jacket Tibi black trousers

A statement jacket is an incredibly useful item to have in your wardrobe. In a hurry in the morning? No problem – just sling a bright and bold blazer on over a black outfit and you’re good to go! A few weeks ago I shared my Shein wishlist, and of course this tribal print jacket was included. With so many colours in the print you don’t have to stick to black like I have. I tried it with red and blue trousers but decided on black to make the colours stand out. The jacket would also work over a fitted dress in a solid colour for a more formal look, or jeans and a t-shirt if you wanted to keep it casual.

I don’t wear head-to-toe black as much as I used to because it can drain the colour from my face – something that happens as we get older – but colourful accessories or a jacket help to offset that.

I don’t wear head-to-toe black as much as I used to because it can drain the colour from my face – something that happens as we get older – but colourful accessories or a jacket help to offset that. This Shein tribal print jacket is thin enough to wear under a coat when the weather gets colder but also serves as an eye-catching transitional cover up. I accessorised with gold jewellery and shoes, plus this fun little bag from Zara.

Shein has some great on-trend pieces at very affordable prices. I particularly love the jackets and skirts. You can see how I styled another jacket from the wishlist here. If you’re thinking of ordering something do check the size guide because the sizing is different to UK measurements.

What’s your favourite way to make a fashion statement? I love to read your comments!

Shein tribal print jacket Tibi black trousers

Shein tribal print jacket Zara patch bag

Shein tribal print jacket

Shein tribal print jacket Tibi black trousers

Zara mix and match bag

Wallis gold necklace

Gold Biba sandals

Shein Tribal Print Jacket Tibi Trousers

Jacket: Shein | trousers: Tibi (similar here and here) | shoes: Biba (similar here and here) | bag: Zara | necklace: Wallis | sunglasses: Pucci (similar)

*I was gifted the jacket in exchange for a review, my opinions are honest and unbiased.

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