Happy Monday ladies. I hope you’re doing something fun for the long weekend. Saturday’s mannequin was enlightening to me. I didn’t realize how popular and useful lightweight quilted jackets are in your wardrobe. That’s one of my favorite parts about would you wear it, your ideas. Today I have more thoughts on quilted jackets and my summer vacation outfit favorites.
The jacket I shared was close to $500 so I’ve rounded up a few more budget-friendly options along with things to keep in mind when choosing one. A quilted jacket is the perfect “shoulder season “jacket. They can be layered for extra warmth, break the wind, but aren’t too warm for mild days.
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A closer look showed me that the direction of the quilting affects the bulkiness of a jacket and the way it makes you look. The Barbour above has diamond quilting which has a more slimming appearance because diagonal lines are slimming.
This one has nice shaping along the hem and at the waist but the large square quilting tends to look bulkier.
This jacket has basketweave quilting which adds a lot of dimension. The closer the quilting lines are together, the less bulky-looking the jacket. Longer jackets keep the wind from going up your back and could be comfier on a chilly car seat.
MORE QUILTED JACKETS
Summer Vacation Outfit Favorites
You may have noticed I wore several items over and over again during my 6-week trip. There are always pieces that perform better than others so I thought I would share mine.
This convertible crossbody, clutch, shoulder, bag (on sale) got used every day and evening. I packed this smaller convertible bag but it never left my suitcase. This graphite metallic color is a terrific chameleon that goes with everything and never shows dirt. The flexibility to change straps or lengthen or shorten quickly made it invaluable.
This no-iron perfect white shirt got worn more times than I can count. I just washed it, took it out of the dryer, and put it on again. I never seemed to strain the front so it worked and worked and worked for me.
These metallic sneakers, again and again. I didn’t expect them to be worn so much, but after I hurt my feet in sandals with no support, these were what I wore the most. They’re expensive, and I debated buying them, but based on cost per wear, they paid for themselves many times over.
This tiny scarf, over and over, and over. I brought lots of scarves but this one just made the cut more times than others. Here I have threaded it through the buttonholes of my denim jacket, in a laced whipstitch pattern. I will make a video with some scarf tying ideas when I get home.
What my daughter swiped and borrowed repeatedly was…this Kimono. I did get to wear it a few times, but she wore it a lot. It covers a multitude of things and dresses up anything for a quick dinner out.
I’m surprised to see that none of these are black, which was always the case on past trips.
Do you have favorites at home that are perfect for travel?
Thanks for reading and have a great day.