Now, I can guess what you’re thinking: Lis, you live in near as damn it the centre of Glasgow. What on earth do you need a sailing jacket for?
To which I would respond, well, Glasgow. And also, it’s a bright yellow sailing jacket, and frankly that’s all the justification that one needs.
Just because I like the gym now doesn’t mean I’ve suddenly embraced the active, outdoor lifestyle – but there were a couple of reasons why, when Trespass got in touch and asked if I’d be keen to work together, I jumped at the chance. The first is that they’re a local success story: the company was established in Glasgow in 1938, at first supplying uniforms and workwear to the local police and other large employers before they branched out into anoraks and other waterproof jackets.
Still based in the city (you’ve probably seen their Kinning Park headquarters from the motorway), Trespass was the obvious choice to kit out more than 15,000 Clydesider volunteers, technical and security officials and Queen’s Baton Relay batonbearers with our uniforms for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Which bring me to the other reason why I wanted to work with Trespass: because I’ve worn their kit before and it brings back lots of lovely memories of one of Glasgow’s best summers in recent memory.
Given the connection, I decided I’d show off my new jacket in my absolute favourite part of the Games legacy (other than my own house, of course): the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park. Built over 15 hectares of previously derelict land adjacent to the athlete’s village, the park incorporates Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering park, adventure play facilities, a riverside boardwalk, huge meadow and picnic areas and one of Glasgow’s best-kept secrets: the Wee Cabin Cafe. The newly-opened Cuningar footbridge provides easy access to the park from my bit, and my Instagram husband/top fashion photographer Charlotte was easy to rope in once I promised her an ice cream cone and told her how many dogs would be out for a play if the weather was nice.
I’m wearing the Seawater Women’s Waterproof Jacket, which combines Trespass’ second highest outdoor performance rating with a lightweight, comfortable fit. The jacket is made from a waterproof, windproof, breathable fabric, with taped seams which prevent any icy chills or water getting through to the lining. Promising 3,000mm worth of waterproof protection, this is is high performance active wear that will keep you warm and dry in any weather – but the super-soft, cute stripy hood and range of fashionable colours mean that you don’t have to sacrifice either comfort or style.
My one bugbear with Trespass is that they are one of those companies whose size L is the equivalent of a size 14 – something that I should have remembered from my Games experience, but as it seems completely illogical to me it’s something that slips my mind during the ordering process. I tend to like wearing jackets open anyway, so it’s not a huge problem – and it’s a roomy fit, so I should still be able to zip it up when the need arises.
Even more so if I find myself suddenly inspired to take up active sports now. Although probably not while wearing silver faux-snakeskin boots…
EARRINGS: Jennifer Loiselle via Not The Kind; BOOTS: TopShop
This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased. Photos courtesy of Colours and Carousels, who sent me 102 gorgeous/occasionally ridiculous shots only for me to ultimately use nine of them (plus two for Instagram).