Every year it becomes apparent it is spring when my jean jacket makes its way into regular rotation.  But bright bold colours are on trend for spring and my current blazers and jean jacket are just a bit neutral. So I was hoping to find a piece that I could mix and match as easily as my jean jacket, and was just a tad smarter looking.

This fantastic bold fuscia Peter Nygard's women's jacket does the trick. In spades.

I performed the test of 3 with the jacket - to see if I could wear it 3 different ways. I wore it for a weeknight (a chocolate date with some girlfriends), weekend (brunch my boys) and to the office (client meetings).

At first I thought perhaps I should pair the jacket with neutral elements so that it could stand on its own - and was frankly a bit nervous about it being too bold. It worked well with the grey dress (Nicole Bridger, grey nylons (Joe Fresh) and grey/blue shoes (Camper). I gave the outfit a bit of fun by pairing two very different pins (long time residents in my jewelry drawer). And layered some bracelets. The skating bracelet was a gift from my mom, the green from a friend and a row of stretchy bracelets from the 80s.

Then I started to experiment a bit. And mixed the jacket with a bold mustard tank top (Plum), boyfriend jeans (Levi's), heels (Campers). This tie necklace (Valerie Gobert) always gets me lots of complements.  And the final was a bright yellow cuff purchased at Nifty for Fifty in 2012. This was a fun outfit for hanging with my girlfriends.

Then I got all bold and tried pattern mixing. And you know the pattern mixing is my favourite. Here I wore the jacket with a black and white striped t-shirt (Joe Fresh), floral pants (Addition Elle) and black wedges (Liz Clairborne). I kept the jewelry simply with a black necklace.

The lesson = don't be afraid of mixing it up with colour this year.

I can certainly see myself wearing this jacket quite a lot as an extra bold layer throughout the summer on cool evenings, or in the over air conditioned interior.  The Peter Nygard women's jacket is unlined which makes it less structured than other blazers. This also means it is easy to wash. And won't add much weight in the summer when it is hot.

Felt great in all these outfits, so going to post over on Patti's Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.

And a Contest

For my regular readers you will know I have a red cardigan by Peter Nygard that I wear all the time. So I am excited to host a contest for one of my readers to win a $50 gift certificate to Nygard.

To enter:

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  • Check out the Nygard website and then comment below on your favourite item for spring

Contest ends on Wednesday, June 12th at 8pm Pacific. At that point a winner will be drawn randomly and contacted via email. If they do not respond within 3 days another winner will be drawn. Open to Canadians and Americans.
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Disclosure: The jacket is care of Nygard, for the purposes of doing this article. Nygard will also provide a $50 gift card to a reader, per the contest above. I received no other compensation. As always the opinions are 100% my own.