How to Wear a Military Jacket, According to a Fashion Director

Fall is approaching, which usually means it’s time to put away your summer wardrobe and pull out your favorite new season basics. However, with the forecast seeming more unpredictable than ever, we’re a little intimidated about getting dressed for September.

Luckily, Red’s fashion director, Oonagh Brennan, is on hand with her guide to creating a transitional wardrobe. So if you’ve been considering whether to go for another summer buy or something that will work later in the season, read on to find pieces that bridge the gap.

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It might surprise you to hear this, but no transitional wardrobe is complete without a collarless suit jacket. Yes, we’re thrilled to announce that this signature piece is back for Fall/Winter 2022. It’s a little different this time around though: a softer shape, more subtle design and in turn more versatile.

As new season collections hit the streets, it’s always worth looking to new independent brands to really switch up your look. We spotted the perfect transitional jacket at Jovonna, a small London-based boutique with stores in Soho, Marylebone and Notting Hill (but a great website to browse too).

With its square shape, Breton stripes, gold buttons and contrasting finishes, this number nods to Chanel’s OG tweed suit. It’s knitted, not tailored, so it bridges the gap between a cardigan and a jacket.


Ned Knitted Cardigan

Jovonna London, £70

Jovonna’s little jacket is a wardrobe favorite during this interim period: it will provide the perfect extra layer when the weather starts to cool down. Wear it now with fitted shorts and sandals, then swap it out with a t-shirt and fitted pants in September. As we head into the colder months, you can complete this piece with a knit top for extra warmth – the collarless fit will look particularly striking with a turtleneck.


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Everlane, £33

It’s not too late to shop for tailored shorts – in fact, the sale is the perfect time to find some at a discount! You still have a good month to wear a pair with bare legs, just layer it with a little cashmere sweater or cover it with high boots.


Cinzia gold-plated bracelet



You may have invested in many gold chain necklaces before, but have you considered a chunky chain bracelet? Layer Laura Lombardi’s Cinzia style with bracelets, beaded friendship styles and a watch for the ultimate wrist party. We also found this similar one from Boden if you have more of a budget.


Magnifying sandal

Dunes London


Grab a pair of Loupe sandals from Dune before you go. A favorite of the fashion crowd (they bear a striking resemblance to more expensive options), they’re minimal, stylish and will last for many summers to come. We’d like to invest in a few colorways of these simple slides, but black is the most versatile: pair it with wide-leg pants and a sweater in September.


Large chain shoulder bag

Russell & Bromley


A quilted handbag is a classic for a reason. The black leather model from Russell and Bromley is a timeless investment. It will never go out of style and gives woolen coats and winter sweaters an elegant sartorial touch. The chic chain shoulder strap also functions as jewelry, enhancing even the simplest of looks.