IT may still be cold outside, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to fashion trends for summer . When the weather gets warmer, it will be time to ditch your heavy coat in favour of a lighter, brighter jacket.

Jackets are going to be big this summer. They work best as an alternative to the cardigan, as we return to a tailored silhouette and a more structured shape. Key styles to pick up include the fitted denim jacket, sporty blazer and biker.Here’s a rundown of the hottest styles and how to wear them.

Biker Chic

VROOM, vroom! Every fashionista needs a biker jacket. The biker dates back to fashion in the 1950s when worn by a hipshakin Elvis and has had enjoyed fashion moments in various forms over the years. I love the latest softer take on the trend. To keep the look fresh and feminine, stick to neutral tones, butter soft leathers and pastel suedes. 

Pink Biker Jacket, €30 George at Asda

Jean Jackets

DENIM jackets never fade from the fashion front and SS17 is no different. The old faithful fabric was back on the spring/summer catwalks in a big way but jeans weren’t the only staple to emerge as a style favourite .This season it was all about the fitted denim jacket. For a softer look, stick to chambray, which has more fluidity and movement than stiffer denim fabrics.

White Denim Jacket,€38 at Miss Selfridge

Cropped Jacket

TO CREATE the perfect hourglass shape, choose a figure-hugging jacket with one or two buttons at the waist – and it’s a cinch! Show you mean business – a cropped jacket worn with your favourite jeans will instantly smarten up your act.

Green Jacket €580 by Sportmax at House of Fraser

Blazer

ONE of the biggest fashion stories of the season has to be the blazer. This men’s staple has been plucked from the male wardrobe, given a bit of a style update and plays a central role for women for SS17. Choose from classic navy , white and black – or if you are feeling a little daring a bright floral print.

Blazer,€42 at Wallis

Boucle Jacket

CHANEL, the epitome of classic elegance for years, has sparked frenzy for boucle this season. It’s always been an exclusive look, loved by celebrities from Nicole Kidman to Taylor Swift. But this summer, boucle is everywhere, and you don’t have to extend your overdraft and go designer -there’s plenty of this classic and chic material on the high street. The easiest and most fail-safe way to pull it off is to mix it up with denim, to help dress it down otherwise you start getting into old lady territory.

Blue and white Jacket €104.95 at Betty Barclay

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