Helen Skelton's chic bomber jacket and chunky black sandals are the perfect casual alternative to floral dresses and wedges for summer

Helen Skelton re-wore her favourite bomber jacket with black sandals for a countryside outing and it was relaxed styling at its best

Helen Skelton attends the ITV Palooza 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall
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Helen Skelton’s chic bomber jacket and chunky black sandals are the perfect casual alternative to floral dresses and wedges.

Sometimes it can feel like all we see people wearing in summer is their favourite floral dresses, best jumpsuits and espadrille wedges but day-to-day it’s often something far more casual that we feel comfortable wearing. Especially with the unpredictable UK weather, a jacket is a must-have in your summer wardrobe. Denim is always popular this time of year but Helen Skelton just made a case for having a bomber jacket in your collection and we’re definitely convinced. 

The bubbly TV presenter took to Instagram to share a series of sweet snaps on 6th July and the first showcased a relaxed yet chic outfit that she wore for a walk in the countryside. Helen was seen beaming as she lifted her daughter Elsie into the air, wearing a deep navy blue bomber jacket that’s now in the Mint Velvet sale styled with a ecru top and M&S camel, wide-leg trousers.  

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The jacket had a contemporary cropped cut which added to the casual feel of her look and the white piping along the cuffs and down the front was a pretty contrast. Compared to a linen blazer or leather jacket there is something so off-duty about a bomber jacket and they’re so easy to throw on for a daytime outing. 

They look particularly fabulous worn over a more simple look like Helen’s top and timeless trousers as the more statement shape of a bomber will then stand out without being too overpowering. Helen Skelton’s bomber jacket is crafted from a wool blend, making it great for cooler summer days and as a transitional piece when autumn starts to arrive.

It’s such a deep navy blue that it appears almost black and both tones are very versatile and can be styled seamlessly with other neutral shades like white, cream, beige or grey.

The presenter’s camel wide leg trousers looked stunning with her jacket and her chunky black sandals added another contrasting tone. If you find it hard to be tempted out of your best white trainers this time of year then a comfortable pair of sandals might just do it. Helen’s sandals were by Asra and looked to be the almost-sold-out Sami sandal which not only has a moulded insole, but an adjustable buckle strap around the ankle, as well as two straps over the feet.

Running along the sides are subtle stud details that are mirrored on the buckles and these made Helen’s outfit a little more edgy. For a casual daytime outing in warmer weather chunky sandals are brilliant and Helen looked stylish yet relaxed for her time in the great outdoors. This bomber jacket is clearly one of her favourite pieces right now as the presenter recently wore the same one when she visited the Natural History Museum with her sons.

On this occasion Helen kept to her winning outfit combination of a pared-back outfit underneath her jacket and wore a classic white T-shirt, jeans and white trainers. She accessorised with a few pieces of gold jewellery and left her blonde hair loose and bouncy around her shoulders. Both ways of styling her jacket were so beautiful and easy to recreate and we have a feeling we’ll be doing just that over the coming months.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!