I'm Sure This New Jacket Style Is Going to Be 2018's Checked Blazer

No one could really question whether the checked blazer is on its way out or not (it isn't—it's still selling like crazy). But there's certainly some stiff competition coming in thanks to a new, casual hybrid of a jacket in town. Part safari, part military, part tailored, almost always belted, and rendered in any color you want (although tan leather seems to be the trending option), this patch-pocketed number is gaining fans left, right, and center.

Two particular styles have been most triumphant in their reach on social media: Influencers have been having the tough time of choosing between H&M's slightly '70s belted style (sadly now sold out) and Massimo Dutti's slightly slimmer camel version. As usual, Ganni—and a host of Scandi girls—could be credited with kick-starting the movement when it introduced belted leather jackets last year. Although the black version kindly reminded us that Gwyneth Paltrow had a great wardrobe in Sliding Doors, it was the more colorful versions that attracted the street style crowds—candy pink is the current front-runner.

Most of all though, this spring jacket offers you great flexibility in an uncertain patch of poor weather: Cold and rainy? Layer up and belt it to still define your waist over jeans, trousers, or a floaty skirt. Going to a festival? This is the cover-up to choose. Feeling hot after a brisk walk? Unbutton, unbelt, and treat it more as a thrown-on lightweight shirt. Keep scrolling to see this jacket trend in action and shop the best ones for yourself.


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If even a Parisian icon is switching up their classic jacket selection, you know it's important. Jeanne's is from Massimo Dutti.


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Claire Beermann styles the Insta-famous H&M jacket in a more retro way with her printed mini and knee boots.


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Marie Jedig is the girl we turn to when we want new color combinations, so this minty number (alongside lemon yellow and pastel pink) lives up to expectations.


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Pelin Guel snapped up the H&M version before many of us and is wisely styling it out on a cold day with a white roll-neck.

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Blanca Miró Scrimieri picked up Ganni's leather number in baby blue—and boldly clashed it with her vibrant collection of accessories.


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Proving that a statement spring jacket doesn't need to feel OTT, Alexis Foreman of Style Memos added hers to a neutral, tailored getup we'll be copying for work next week.


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Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and MatchesFashion.com, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.