… military jackets. Or anoraks. Or army coats. Field jackets. Utility jackets. Ya know, olive green, masculine details, incredibly versatile? My own is my thrifted MVP:
And many more.
And I find that just about every style consult client I work with – both in-person and online – ends up with a military jacket in her post-consult wardrobe picks. It’s a piece that can work in casual and arty offices, but works best for fun, weekend wear. It’s a fantastic piece to throw into a floofy, princess-y outfit to create contrast. It’s a piece that can be bought for $1,000 at the designer level or thrifted for $1. It’s a piece that can sub for a blazer or jean jacket if neither suits you. And it’s an entire family of garments, so there’s a style that works for just about every body, budget, and personal style.
Here are a few styles you can nab right now:
Horny Toad Ghostwriter Jacket – $93.65 – $134.95
This style features a longer length, but also includes an internal drawstring for waist definition. Fleece-lined welt handwarmer pockets mean this is a great bet for colder weather, though it probably can’t stand in for a winter coat!
Eddie Bauer Stine® Four-Pocket Field Jacket – $69.99
This classic jacket is sold out in regular sizes, but available in this dark olive, red, winter white, and gray in sizes 1X- 3X! It’s made from ripstop cotton and garment-washed for a soft, vintage look. Also features reinforced diamond-quilt elbow patches (a detail that I totally love) and adjustable back buckle for custom fit.
Ecote Oversized Surplus Jacket – $89
Ya know me, so I’ll always go for fitted styles myself. But oversized is trendy and fun, and suits many figures. This style will look fab with skinny jeans and boots. And maybe a big ol’ scarf.
Free People Military Jacket – $128
Distressed details and a cropped fit set this jacket apart. I love the collarless design, too. This will look fabulous in casual mixes, but will also create great contrast with ladylike dresses and skirts.
Banana Republic Cotton Utility Jacket – $175
Spendy, yes, but this jacket includes a detachable inner quilted vest, making it two for one. Wear the vest alone, zipped into the jacket, or wear the lightweight shell on its own. Also included this option because it’s available in petite and tall sizes.
Hive & Honey Military Anorak – $79
Another simple, longer option but at a slightly lower price point than the Horny Toad version. This style also features an internal drawcord, and I adore the studded detail at the chest pockets.
I’ve also found lots and lots of military jackets in my local thrift stores, so for TRULY low prices check there. Look among both blazers and coats. And, of course, you can try actual military surplus outlets! But depending on your figure and flattery preferences, styles that are more fashion-y and less authentic may fit better.
Do you own a military jacket? Like the style? How do you style and wear yours?