Building Colour & Pattern in Winter Wardrobes | The Fabulous Jacket | Raspberry & Leopard Print

Minuet Raspberry Wool & Cashmere Jacket, Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Beret, Leopard Print Scarf & Gloves | Petite Silver Vixen

If you’re building a capsule wardrobe, all the advice from uber stylisters everywhere it seems is…

find that perfect pair of jeans, that not only hugs the derrière but lifts it up skyward,

seek out that perfect black jacket that you can throw over everything, darh-ling, from jeans to dresses and which will take you from dawn to dusk.

Now, of course, I have a black jacket in my wardrobe and yes, you can throw a black jacket over pretty much everything.  In fact, I have 3 in my wardrobe that between them, like a relay team, can indeed, take me from dawn to dusk.

But what if you’re past that building a capsule wardrobe stage or what if you never got started?  You may well say instead, as I do…

‘Thanks very much, I’d rather find a fabulous jacket, in a colour that may not lift my derrière skyward but certainly lifts my mood!’

I really believe every woman should own a fabulous jacket (or six) – whether that’s a striped blazer for Spring, a floral bomber for Summer, a tweed jacket for Autumn, – or like mine, a wool and cashmere jacket for Winter that just makes you think of raspberry sorbet!

Minuet Raspberry Wool & Cashmere Jacket, Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Beret, Leopard Print Scarf & Gloves | Petite Silver Vixen

The wonderful thing about fabulous jackets is they can be worn with anything.  I have heard women say, oh, but you’re limited with what you can wear with them, when you have coloured jackets.

Piffle, I say to that!  I’ve honestly not had that problem with this or my other fabulous, coloured jackets.

I wear it dressed down with jeans as here, dressed up with skirts and dresses, with brown, grey, black, navy, teal to name a few colours, and with all sorts of patterns.

And, I don’t need to spend a ridiculous sum on a pair of jeans to lift my derrière.  My weekly Pilates class on the Reformer does that quite superbly.

Minuet Raspberry Wool & Cashmere Jacket, Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Beret, Leopard Print Scarf & Gloves | Petite Silver Vixen

I found this little beauty of a jacket on e-bay a couple of year ago and I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers.  The slight vintage vibe with the big swooping collar that you just want to pick up with your hands and snuggle to your ears, excited me.  I imagined my Mum looking very elegant wearing something like this in the 50’s.

I was quite prepared for high bidding but when p&p was included I won it for £11.50!  Under £12 for a new, with tags still attached, wool and cashmere jacket!  Makes the jacket even more fabulous!

It’s Minuet, a petite brand that I really liked and had bought from over the years (not just on e-bay!), because the fit and style always worked on me.  Sadly, they ceased trading earlier this year which I was NOT happy about – stamps her petite feet – as that’s one less petite brand on the market!

They were under the umbrella company that runs Jacques Vert which also own Precis Petite.  I guess they felt two petite brands were one two many.  Shame, as I don’t have the same love for Precis as I did for Minuet!  I’ll just have to stalk e-bay even more!

Minuet Raspberry Wool & Cashmere Jacket, Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Beret, Leopard Print Scarf & Gloves | Petite Silver Vixen

Minuet Raspberry Wool & Cashmere Jacket, Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Beret, Leopard Print Scarf & Gloves | Petite Silver Vixen

Just look at that lining?  It could’ve been lined in a plain, sensible colour but NO!  Grey background with raspberry polka dots was chosen and bless the person who chose it – it’s quite perfect!

It makes me want to flash it every now and then!  In a non-pervy way, you understand.

Minuet Raspberry Wool & Cashmere Jacket, Beret, Leopard Print Scarf & Gloves | Petite Silver Vixen

When you have a block colour jacket, it demands fun accessories.  My Raspberry Sorbet jacket said that it wanted to go out to play with my teal and sequinned beret, my matching leopard print gloves and scarf and metallic bag and who was I to deny such a request.

I wore this outfit yesterday, as we were tootling in the car over to my parents for lunch, so I didn’t need to take a big coat with me.  With a polo neck jumper underneath and my beret to keep my head warm and my Thinsulate scarf and gloves and wedged boots I was toasty warm.

I knew the colours and the leopard print would make my Mum smile and indeed her eyes lit up when she saw me!

Minuet Raspberry Wool & Cashmere Jacket, Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Beret, Leopard Print Scarf & Gloves | Petite Silver Vixen

Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Leopard Print Gloves, Metallic Bag | Petite Silver Vixen

Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Marks & Spencer Wedged Boots | Petite Silver Vixen

Dorothy Perkins Petite Frankie Jeans.  Currently reduced online.
Minuet Petite Wool & Cashmere Jacket (old via e-bay).  Here’s a gorgeous Red Blazer from Zara.
Brown Ribbed Polo Neck Jumper (from the Emporium of I Forget.  River Island Ribbed Polo Neck Jumper
TK Maxx Sparkly Teal Beret.  Wool Beret
Matching Leopard Print Scarf & Gloves (old via e-bay)
Metallic Next Bag (old via e-bay), which I wore with my Mandarin Jacket – another fabulous jacket for summer
M&S Wedge Boots (old via e-bay)

I finally had my locks trimmed on Thursday and I’m rather amused how one lock is effortlessly curling around my beret! Takes some people years to acquire an effortless curl, you know, but a snip of the scissors and wh-oooooooosh, there she curls like a giant ice cream scoop!

You either have the knack or you don’t!

Minuet Raspberry Wool Jacket, Dorothy Perkins Petite Jeans, Leopard Print Scarf & Gloves | Petite Silver Vixen

We didn’t have raspberry sorbet at my parents but we did have Christmas cake for tea and I nicked all the marzipan. That’s why I look so excited – I knew I’d be getting my marzipan fix for the day!

Do you love coloured jackets?  Do you find they take you from dawn to dusk?

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  1. December 14, 2015 / 10:53 am

    I am so happy to hear that your clothes talk to you…I thought it was just me! That is truly a fabulous jacket. The color, the button details, the collar…it all comes together to make one stellar piece of outerwear. And seriously, what's more fun than outerwear in an unexpected color?!

    • December 14, 2015 / 11:18 am

      Ha, ha, Debbie, my clothes natter away to me all the time! Exactly, outerwear doesn't have to be boring, glad you feel the same. A bold colour is fun!

  2. December 14, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    That's a terrific jacket ! I just bought a similar and it does indeed cheer me up. You look wonderful, xo


    • December 14, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      Thanks Patti, I love it. Glad you've a similar one – we can be jacket twins!

  3. December 14, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    I love this jacket! So playful and fun. It immediately grabs attention and brings smiles to people's faces. The matching scarf and gloves are cute, too. In a crowd, you stand out as the person I'd want to talk to!

  4. December 14, 2015 / 6:37 pm

    It's a cute jacket, and you can just build a capsule wardrobe around it. I live in capsule wardrobes, and you don't need neither jeans nor a black jacket (both of which I have and seldom wear) for a good capsule wardrobe. What you need is a good coat/jacket that goes with anything.

    • December 14, 2015 / 10:16 pm

      Exactly, as long as it goes with anything, that's what matters!

  5. December 14, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    wouu, that's a Fabulous jacket (with a Capital F) and you look gorgeous wearing it!, inspiring and cool!!
    Love your teal sequined beret (love that we share our love for berets!) and love those leopard details!, such a fabulous outfit!
    Obviously, also loving that lining, mmmm, polka dots!!!

    • December 14, 2015 / 10:18 pm

      We do indeed, Monica share a love of berets! Lovely to find someelse who loves them as much as I do and looks just as fabulous in them! Thank you for your kind words.
      The lining is pretty cool, isn't it?

  6. December 14, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree Jacequline! In fact, I sorta despise black jackets—how boring! But your raspberry one is love, love, lovely!!! jodie
    ps…Don't curls have a mind of their own?

    • December 15, 2015 / 9:34 pm

      Excellent Jodie! We are on the same wavelength! Curls do indeed have a mind of their own!

  7. December 15, 2015 / 4:28 am

    I love this jacket – it's such a great colour and cut! I'm a fan of Precis Petite (Jacques Vert is a little too "mother of the bride" for my taste, but the quality is good), and I love the bright pink here! I have 2 black jackets (out of my 20 outerwear coats) and I rarely wear them. Colour all the way, baby!

    Thank you so much for your awesome comments over the past few days – very much appreciated!

    • December 15, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      I know exactly what you mean about 'mother of the bride' and I completely agree.
      You're welcome. I enjoy popping over and seeing your colour and Two Pillows Vizzini!

  8. December 15, 2015 / 9:47 am

    What a gorgeous jacket, both the style and colour and what a bargain. I do like a black jacket but also have various colours to add a little bright to a dull Winter day.

  9. December 15, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    Sod capsule jackets, I'll take a statement coat over that ANY DAY. Also I have discovered the key to buying perfect jeans… don't buy them. Honestly, I have just one pair of jeans now and the rest are all jeggings and they all fit much better, I don't know why…

    • December 15, 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Ha, ha, Clare, I like your style – sod capsule jackets indeed! I never understand people paying hundreds of pounds for a pair of jeans!

  10. December 15, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    What a gorgeous coat! I love how it looks with your teal hat!

    • December 15, 2015 / 10:13 pm

      Thank you Laura. I just had to pair the teal with the raspberry!

  11. December 15, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Ooooo I love everything about today's outfit. The jacket and it's sweet dotty lining, the cute beret, and of course the leopard print. All put together with panache, lovely!
    Anna's Island Style

    • December 15, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      The lining is wonderful, isn't it? That sold it to me! I do like that word panache, Anna. It's not used very much these days (everyone uses chic for everything0, so thank you.

  12. December 15, 2015 / 9:54 pm

    Love the colors of your jacket and your hat. I love how you using the contrast colors for this outfit.
    Thank you so much for your nice comments on my blog. Really appreciate it! Please join us today for Color and Grace Fashion link up!
    Keep in touch and take care!

    • December 15, 2015 / 10:16 pm

      Teal and raspberry work so well together when you get the right shade and then the leopard print just tied it all together! Thanks Grace.

  13. December 16, 2015 / 1:45 am

    Your jacket is truly gorgeous! I'm all about colorful pieces, especially with outerwear. It's so much more fun than just your standard black coat for wintertime. I can definitely see the versatility of this piece, plus the lining is amazing!

    • December 17, 2015 / 11:29 pm

      Thank you Katie. I appreciate that coming from you as you're such a whizz at wearing colour and I get such inspiration from you.

  14. December 16, 2015 / 2:39 am

    I totally agree. It's fun to have some good jackets! Of course black is necessary, but I like having options. Your pink is very fun!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • December 17, 2015 / 11:30 pm

      They are fun, aren't they? I like it when the make an effort with details like that.

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