How to look ageless in an utility jacket

Nicole Mölders in camouflage safari coat with mesh skirt

Utility jacket – the classic piece everyone should own

This post features the often overlooked utility jacket. Like many pieces that are classics, the utility jacket has its roots in military outfits. Thus, it is also often called field jacket or military jacket. There is the saying that an utility jacket goes with everything. Well, I wouldn’t push it this far, but it has many possibilities that look agelessly stylish. In this post, I want to provide inspirations how to style an utility jacket to look stunning in this classic piece year round for various dressing occasions.

  1. Utility jacket – the classic piece everyone should own
  2. Field jackets come in a wide range of colors
  3. Best styling ideas for utility jackets
    • Can I wear an utility jacket at the office?
    • Best ways to style a safari jacket for spring
    • How to wear a field jacket in summer
    • Great urban safari jacket outfits for fall
    • How to wear an utility jacket in winter
  4. In a nutshell

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Field jackets come in a wide range of colors

Like with many other classic pieces with military origin, an utility jacket has been in my closet since high school. So to speak, this frock type is one of my signature style items. The first one was in classic khaki. The one I wore in college, was made of black linen. In my 30s, I had a denim and a suede utility jacket. In my 40s, I donned two olive ones, one in suede for winter, and one in cotton for summer. Now I own a field jacket with camouflage and floral print all on a cotton fabric, a new olive suede and a blush one. Recall repeat is the backbone of signature style.

stylist in camouflage floral print jacket, blush tulle skirt

style book author posing in mesh skirt , Tee, heels, utility jacket

High Latitude Style blogger in eclectic street chic with camo coat
Outfit details: Orvis floral print on camouflage utility jacket, emerald floral belt buckle, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Dooney and Bourke snake print bag, Ivanka Trump ankle strap pumps, Hipstik pantyhose, jade with pearl earrings, barrette (all own), tulle skirt c/o Lookbook Store and olive boatneck top c/o Covered Perfectly

Best styling ideas for utility jackets

The jacket works for the weekend, but also for business casual office style. Depending on the material it works in different, most the time at least three seasons. Thus, it makes a great style investment for all women whose primary personal style is Casual, Urban, British or American Classic. Some pieces also look great with Bohemian Style or other styles when the secondary style in one of the aforementioned directions. Not sure about .your primary personal style? Take this free online style quiz to find out.

Can I wear an utility jacket at the office?

… is a question that I often get from my readers. It’s a myth that you can’t wear an utility jacket with a skirt or dress. In deed, you can as the following examples of Casual Friday looks demonstrate.

fashionista over 50 in utility jacket outfit Casual Friday work outfit with Great Northwest coat with pencil skirt, Moda International top, belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Madonna True or Dare pumps, Modalu Pippa bag, Ray Ban sunglasses, and pearls (all own) business casual look with utility jacket Business casual office look with sheath dress c/o Lookbook Store, own Great Northwest suede jacket, Salvatore Ferragamo Vara pumps, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, and Jaeger tote

style blogger in drawstring parka, statement belt, chinos, tote, pumps, T-shirt wooden watch c/o Jord with own Orvis drawstring parka, statement belt, Oliveo chino, Jaeger tote, Nine West pumps, and T-shirt c/o Onno
mature style Casual Friday outfit with utility jacket for mature women Casual Friday outfit with Orvis camouflage floral print parka, London Jean BF white denim jeans, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Ralph Lauren pumps, Keep Calm T-shirt, Esprit shoulder bag, statement belt with pearls (all own) and wooden watch c/o Jord

Best ways to style a safari jacket for spring

The following photo inspirations are featuring spring outfits with this military style garment. You can find a complete guide for achieving ageless style in military inspired clothes in the post at the link.

over 50 years old woman in casual outfit with field frock Great Northwest utility frock, Oliveo lines pants, Nicole fall sandals, Longchamp bag, Ray Ban mirrored sunglasses, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Vintage Silk floral print top, and Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle (all own)

mature woman with floral skirt and suede utility frock Spring weekend look with Great Northwest suede coat, pastel floral skirt, Oliveo linen shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, statement belt, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, and Ivanka Trump cap toe pumps (all own)

midlife blogger in urban safari look of dress, sandals, sunglasses Urban safari look with Nova shirt dress, Orvis jacket, Coach bag, Ray Ban, Hermes collier de chien bracelet, sunglasses, statement belt (all own), pearl studs c/o Wendy Mignot, and Musse & Cloud sandals c/o Coolway

style book author in lace pencil skirt with utility jacket Orvis floral camo jacket, eShakti lace pencil skirt, Hermes collier de chien bracelet, Jaeger tote, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses (all own), T-shirt c/o Onno, wooden watch c/o Jord and strappy Musse & Cloud sandals c/o Coolway

How to wear an field jacket in summer

In summer, it is a great substitution for a light summer coat or knit jacket to protect from the early morning or late evening chill in west Europe, Scandinavia, mountainous mid-latitudes, northern Canada, Alaska and Siberia. Of course, it’s also a great cover-up for the dramatic cooling after a thunderstorm passed. It also works for a rainy summer day or as a summer to fall transitional look. The following photos show some summer outfit ideas with utility jackets.

over 50 years old woman wearing a LWD in a casual way Weekend look with Alexander Wang LWD, Great Northwest military frock, Seiko watch, Michael Kors sandals, Kate Moss for Longchamp bag, and leather camouflage print hat (all own)
Street style blogger in layered mesh skirt and safari frock Street style look with Great Northwest coat, distressed leather belt, Hermes collier de chien bangles, smoky quartz statement buckle, Anne Klein snake print slingbacks, Jaeger tote, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, and leather camouflage hat (all own) and layered mesh skirt c/o Lookbook Store

Great urban safari jacket outfits for fall

In fall, you may use the garment to get more wear out of your summer clothes. This piece is perfect for creating transitional looks.

Alaskan woman in front of a garden in Alaska
Great Northwest utility jacket over Highland Jeans denim shirt with Sienna Studio leather pencils skirt, Steve Madden lace-up fall booties, Hermes Medor watch, Hermes collier de chien cuff,  and Prada bag (all own)

mature woman in casual weekend look Weekend look with Great Northwest utility coat, London Jean camouflage cargo pants, Nine West heeled loafers, and statement belt (all own)

style book author in weekend style with leather joggers and utility jacket Weekend look with Great Northwest frock over burgundy V-neck cashmere sweater, Vince leather joggers paired with Aldo pony hair leopard print pumps (all own) and statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery

style blogger wearing a military inspired shirt dress with utility jacket Street style look with LV bucket bag, Hermes collier de chien bangle, military shirt dress, Great Northwest suede utility jacket and leather camouflage print hat (all own)

style blogger in utility jacket and leopard print skirt Street style outfit with Great Northwest utility jacket, Jeanne Pierre striped sweater, Forever 21 leopard print skirt, GNW tight, Steve Madden fall lace-up sandals, and Camel bag (all own)

How to wear an utility jacket in winter

The wool or suede items are best for winter. However, the cotton versions make great layering pieces. See the photo inspirations below.

fashion blogger in camouflage utility jacket with white pants
style blogger in casual work outfit with white jeans and camo jacket
style woman wearing camouflage booties and a camouflage jacket for Casual Friday
Outfit details: London Jean white boyfriends, statement belt, GNW Luxe pink v-neck sweater, Nine West pony hair camouflage booties, Orvis utility jacket (all own), leather pearl necklace c/o Wendy Mignot, and wood watch c/o Jord

stylist in monochromatic look with utility jacket Monochromatic weekend outfit with Nova shirt dress, wide statement belt, Great Northwest suede jacket, GNW tight and Nine West camouflage pony hair booties (all own)

Alaskan woman in casual spring outfit with military outerwear Casual weekend look with Jeanne Pierre striped sweater under Orvis camouflage frock with floral print, statement belt, Oliveo linen pants, Anne Klein pumps, and Anne Klein polka dots scarf (all own)

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In a nutshell

As demonstrated in this post, an utility jacket is more versatile than one may think. If you are in the market for one, go for a high quality and classic with a twist piece that you can wear for years.

Do you have an utility jacket in your closet? How do you wear yours?

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