Wednesday 4 September 2013

Quilted sweatshirts - coming at us from all angles!

The Chanel 2.55 handbag is probably the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of quilted pieces, closely followed by your Grandma's dressing gown. A few winters back, quilted coats started to appear and they quickly became the standard coat of pretty much every teenage girl in the country - to the point that one of our local schools has banned them.  In the spring, slightly boho Isabel Marant style quilted jackets took centre stage and it seems that most brands now have quilted clothing of one sort or another. I've seen quilted shoes, bags, jackets, skirts, tops and dresses but I have a special affinity for quilted sweatshirts.

Why you may ask? OK so you may not but if you do, here's why. Two big things in their favour are that they are warm and comfortable. Always a winner in my book. With jeans and boots they make a great casual outfit and with a smarter skirt and heels, they are a trendy look. They can be worn with a statement necklace or with a shirt layered underneath and they offer a way of us non-20 year olds being able to keep up to date without looking ridiculous.

These are some of my favourites so far:

Reiss £69 has this lovely silver grey one, with a quilted pattern that is quite different to most of the traditional diamond shaped patterns.


Reiss £69 also has this pinky coral coloured one - which makes a nice change to the grey, navy or black ones which are available in abundance.

Whistles £65 has a navy one, which also comes in white too. This quilting pattern is triangles all at different angles - which reminds me I still need to buy some set squares for our son. There will be  a trip to WH Smith tomorrow I think. Oooh, they stock toblerone too - it's all about the triangles tonight.

New Look £19.99 has a quilted grey sweatshirt for a good price - sorry about the tiny pic....

...together with this sweatshirt with quilted sleeves, also from New Look £12.99. It's a great colour and the nod to the quilting in the sleeves is good for those who don't necessarily want the added bulk over the chest that quilting can sometimes add.

I think that I ought to own up to this grey quilted sweatshirt from Dorothy Perkins £22 making its way into my bag today (that sounds like I didn't pay for it - but I did). Our Dotty P is dire but then I remembered that BHS has a section and that was an altogether much better experience. As you can imagine, I liked the sparkly bits at the neckline.

 Warehouse £36 has a black sweatshirt with a traditional diamond pattern on it. This sweatshirt would make a great backdrop for a bright statement necklace.

For anyone who prefers quilting on a real quilt, as opposed to clothing, you may like to take a look at this lovely blog, which is written by a lady I met on our recent trip to Guernsey - Little Island Quilting - they're beautiful, what a talent!