Here’s some outfit inspiration for summer nights spent al fresco, with duvet coats, gorgeous knits and padded bombers

Coats tend to be an afterthought in our spring summer wardrobe, grabbed hastily as we head out the door if a shower is threatening. But this year, with outdoor dining likely to be how we’ll socialise, we’re planning ahead for when restrictions lift. Stock up on stylish knits and practical jackets that will keep you cosy whether gathered around a backyard fire pit, having pints in a beer garden or dining outside a restaurant.

Cold creatures may want to go the whole hog with a duvet coat, which can look chic when styled right. Plan outfits that revolve around layering so that you won’t be caught out when the sun sets on warmer days.

Stock up on knits

A classic cream knit gets a summery update with pretty embroidery.

 

This style is chic and pretty.

 

We love the wooden buttons and little flowers on this one.

 

This bright knit is perfect for layering.

 

Cosy cashmere is given a summery spin with this cool ombre effect.

 

This nautical design has a striking shape.

 

You can’t go wrong with a classic Aran knit with any outfit.

Jumper, Scout (€74)

 

Duvet jackets and bombers for after sunset

This biker jacket in a lighter shade is a great alternative to black leather on summer evenings.

A reversible short puffa gives you options. We love this metallic side for evening over jeans and boots, with a muted neutral shade on the other side that will work for daytime.

 

Another great reversible option from Cos, this navy jacket can be dressed up or down.

 

You’ll be greatful for a longline puffa when summer BBQs turn chilly.

This vest makes layering easy.

This jacket is padded for extra cosiness.