Why It's Time To Invest In A Sleeveless Jacket

M&S Sleeveless Coat

Coat or no coat? At this time of year, it's a daily dilemma for us all. The solution? Meet in the middle and invest in a sleeveless jacket. It will keep you snug when things turn chilly, whilst giving you a bit of breathing space when things heat up a little (plus, it'll slip into your bag or over your arm more easily than a cumbersome sleeved number during those unpredictable interludes of 'Indian Summer').

Wear yours over sleeveless dresses or T-shirts now, and roll neck jumpers once things get a little cooler. When temperatures really begin to drop, you can even layer a sleeveless coat over a long-sleeved coat or jacket. Invest in one now and you'll wear it all year. Meet your new best friend...

Sleeveless Jacket With Wool, £129, Autograph at Marks & Spencer

This premium quality wool mix jacket will add a dash of polish to your work shirt and tailored trousers and cosy up your go-to weekend jeans and T-shirt.

Longline Sleeveless Jacket, £189, Ted Baker

Planning a weekend getaway? This sleek style will look just as chic with slim-fitting black jeans and a lightweight sweater or breton-striped top as it will over your work gear when you get back.

Neutral Sleeveless Jacket, £20, Evans

This jacket's waterfall cut lengthens the torso and draws attention away from a larger middle. It's the perfect cover-up to throw on over a pretty long-sleeved dress for a late summer wedding...

Sleeveless Duster Jacket, £68, Oasis

A lightweight sleeveless duster coat is the ultimate between-seasons outerwear solution. This jacket's longer length means you can wear it over midi skirts and dresses, as well as trousers, whilst its waist tie detail will add emphasis to an hourglass figure.

Sleeveless Waistcoat, £75, Oasis at Debenhams

This jacket's slightly heavier weight makes it a great investment for the colder months to come, whilst its classic trench-style cut and camel colourway ensure it will never date. Invest now: wear over a chunky cream jumper when the weather turns...

Gilet, £229, Hobbs

This hand-finished, double-faced wool gilet's clean-cut style makes it your ultimate winter wardrobe weapon. Layer it over everything from a crisp white shirt to a leather jacket, and feel free to pile on the scarves...

Sleeveless Coat, £70, Oasis

This 1960s-inspired double-breasted design is the perfect partner for work wear, but will look equally chic teamed with a printed blouse and jeans.

Sleeveless Coat, £229, Grace & Oliver at John Lewis

A tailored waistcoat and faux fur gilet in one, this style will take you anywhere you'd care to go this season, from the boardroom to the red carpet. Wear it over tailored separates, formal dresses or jumpers and jeans for a double hit of style and snugness.

Samantha Rnic

Samantha Rnic is a fashion stylist and writer from Colchester. She has worked for titles such as Grazia, The Sun and Look magazine. She is currently studio bookings manager at Matches Fashion.