What to wear this weekend

What to wear this weekend

What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks out the best patchwork patterned jackets

  • Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice on choosing the best patchwork jackets
  • British style editor says although she’s a fan of minimalism she LOVES patchwork
  • Here, Dinah selects a collection of vibrant and eco-conscious jackets


I’m a huge fan of understated minimalism. I mean, show me a fashion editor who isn’t! But then something like patchwork jackets come along and my personal style, pared back over three decades to a selection of white T-shirts and black trousers, goes out the window. 


They’re eye-catching, fussy and twee with too many colours, clashing prints and quilting. All the things I hate … and yet I love them.

Ulla Johnson’s folksy quilted cotton jacket is top of my wish list. I’d wear it with high-waisted stonewashed jeans or pull it over my favourite summer dress (a predictably dull black midi, of course), but the £565 price tag means it’s simply out of reach. 

Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice on choosing the best patchwork jackets.  Jacket, £129, albaray.co.uk; tank, £119, whistles.com; jeans, £175, meandem.com


At £416, Doen’s patchwork is also pricey, but I couldn’t resist including it because it’s a work of art. At the slightly more affordable end of the spectrum, Monsoon has a flattering longline offering which beautifully conceals your bottom. Then there’s French Connection’s hooded jacket, at £160, and Next’s beautiful blue design, only £44.


The one I’m wearing here is a gorgeous organic cotton design from Albaray, an exciting new label launched this time last year by a trio of talented women, who make conscious clothing at an affordable price point. If you’re not familiar with their designs, they are well worth checking out.






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