Survival of the fittest

In the 1950’s, the teenager was invented. Yes, invented. Look back to before then and teens were dressed like, acted like and spoke like older people. SO glad I was a teen in the 80’s. And so glad that as fashions typically take 20 years to come back around, that I can enjoy this latest flirtation with that decade – and of course the influences from the 1950’s that were so strong.

 

 

 

The fond memories I have of boyfriends past wearing what we called Harringtons – a blouson style jacket that was most commonly black, blue or burgundy with a tartan check lining.

 

The fond memories I have of boyfriends past wearing what we called Harringtons – a blouson style jacket that was most commonly black, blue or burgundy with a tartan check lining.

 

 

The design team here are literally turning that inside out and have given you a choice of a check outer and added some padding to make it wearable through the Autumn and Winter.

 

The design team here are literally turning that inside out and have given you a choice of a check outer and added some padding to make it wearable through the Autumn and Winter.

The design team here are literally turning that inside out and have given you a choice of a check outer and added some padding to make it wearable through the Autumn and Winter.

 

 

This microweave version is perfect for the transitional seasons and in navy, can be worn even through the summer.

James Dean was the man who made these famous, and a rainy afternoon (or two) watching his movies is a wonderful way to see how simply he styled them and how this timeless look can be created today.

 

This microweave version is perfect for the transitional seasons and in navy, can be worn even through the summer.

James Dean was the man who made these famous, and a rainy afternoon (or two) watching his movies is a wonderful way to see how simply he styled them and how this timeless look can be created today.

The bomber jacket is a cousin – though a slightly older cousin, as originally invented for fighter pilots in the war and were popularised by skinheads and Salt’n’Pepa. I was into both. Eclectic tastes.

The stone version is a modern take on it. The neutral colour and the gentle tapering and collar mean it can be worn over a shirt and tie for commuting and going to the pub after work, but doesn’t dress you down, this is your smart casual jacket for the seasons to come.

There are trends I’d rather not see make a comeback. Mankinis, neon, leggings, but next time this trend comes around I’ll reminisce from the sidelines with my walking frame, though I don’t intend to grow old too gracefully!

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