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Outfit Formula #10: The Field Jacket

Outfit Formula #10: The Field Jacket

We made it to formula #10, so only 42 more to go.

Today, I’m featuring the Field Jacket. This roomy, lightweight jacket with military-inspired design details is ideal for early spring and fall weather.

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Before we jump into the details of the jacket and specific recommendations, let’s first discuss jackets and coats as a category.

It’s important to consider your outerwear when putting together an outfit.

For example, a few weeks back, I featured ankle-length jeans with a white tee layered under a boyfriend blazer, and I received dozens of emails asking me what kind of coat to put over it.

My answer was, “you don’t wear one.” And people were not happy.;)

Here’s the deal: When I wake up, and there is snow on the ground, and I need to get dressed for the day, I wouldn’t wear that outfit.

Instead, I would wear something that would work under my puffer coat, like a warm sweater, jeans, and boots.

And this seems like common sense, but it occurred to me after seeing my inbox flooded with questions that perhaps, as women, we’re trying to make everything work with everything.

When, more often than not, we can’t.

Being well dressed is about being thoughtful about how all the elements in a look come together. So we should view our outerwear as a layer that not only is practical but also enhances the outfit.

Outerwear is more than something utilitarian we throw on as we run out the door.

Does that make sense?

It’s why I spend so much time talking about  and sharing all kinds of options, like denim jackets, trenches, puffers, wool overcoats and, today, the Field Jacket.

The Field Jacket

Banana Republic Utility Field Jacket in Beige

 

Field Jacket, $180 

For this formula I’m working with the Banana Republic Utility Field Jacket, available in regular and petite in XXS – XXL.

I’m showing the beige but it’s also available in a more traditional olive. I like the overall styling of this one, like the zippers, shoulder epaulets and internal drawstring to shape the waist. 

For something under $100, this one from L.L. Bean has that has less detail but is $80 and available in all sizes.

Below is the Basic Formula to focus on: 

And here it is brought to life:

Beige Field Jacket, White Jeans, Quilted crossbody, tan loafers, blue pinstripe oxford shirt

White Jeans, $30 | Cotton Poplin Shirt, $79.50 | Loafers, $165 | Hoops, $68 | Quilted Bag, $39 

I love working with white jeans, they make a look feel so fresh. For this outfit, I’m using these inexpensive jeans from Old Navy, available in regular, petite and tall, from sizes 0 – 30. They are $29.99 with an additional 30% off. 

A similar options, for a little more, but also better quality are these ankle jeans by Wit & Wisdom, in regular and petite for just under $70. But as always, wear what you have. 

For the shirt, I used this pretty blue striped poplin shirt from J.Crew, which we featured a few times last month. The color combination of blue, white, and tan, this time of year, coming out of a dreary winter, is just so pretty to me.

You will wear the field jacket like a blazer because the coat is part of the look. So pull your shirt color out from underneath and smooth the layers together.

Next up, shoes. I just ordered these Rothy flats for myself, marking my 5th pair in total, so you can say confidently that I love them.

The light beige color is perfect for white or light bottoms. Remember you can throw them in the wash too!  

Finally, a chic pair of well priced hoops you’re already familiar with and this small quilted bag adds a glamorous touch. 

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Outfit Formula #10: The Field Jacket

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JR

Friday 4th of March 2022

I love this series of outfit formulas! Some of these items I already own similar and some items I purchase by link to fill in gaps. Can you share what app or program you use to make these gorgeous boards? I’m sure I’m not the only one that would like to customize with pieces that we already own to make it unique and more easy to pull our outfits together.

Megan Kristel

Friday 4th of March 2022

I love hearing that these are helpful and that you are using what you have to recreate your own look. We create these in Adobe Photoshop BUT I would recommend using Canva. Canva is a similar, user friendly program the requires little to no technical understanding. And there is a free option. :)

Tia

Thursday 3rd of March 2022

Cool outfits! I'm bringing out my seldom worn olive pants for these. Can we substitute in the BR resort shirt here? And does the necklace go outside the collar or inside? Thanks!

Megan Kristel

Friday 4th of March 2022

You can certainly try it. The resort shirt is boxier, while the featured Madewell is narrow an longer. But it could look great!

Elizabeth W.

Thursday 3rd of March 2022

Thank you for this post! Is it okay to start wearing white jeans? We live in Colorado and I only see white jeans in the summer months.

Megan Kristel

Thursday 3rd of March 2022

Absolutely! Especially when you pair them with warm neutrals it's super chic! :)

Cynthia Brown

Thursday 3rd of March 2022

It seems like a no brainer , but I have to admit I’ve been sort of bummed out with all the style posts I’ve seen lately that show gorgeous light weight oversized blazers and open front coats. I want ALL of them but didn’t feel like they had enough versatility to be welcomed into the wardrobe 😉. Like “I can’t wear that in the winter or the summer”. Exactly, because it’s a spring/fall option! Thanks for ‘splaining it!

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