With such a mix of different looks rising in popularity this fall/winter season, it can be difficult to pick out the frontrunners. One trend that has stood out, though, is the presence of over-sized, utilitarian army jackets, both on the runway and on the street. There is no need to steal one from a construction worker or military vet, these jackets are always available at most thrift stores. And, they can also be found online at major retailers. If you’re looking to jump in on this trend, here are five fresh ways to wear some of these utilitarian jackets and make the look your own:
1. With a micro-mini.
Okay, so almost anything can be paired with a micro mini if you’re in the mood to flaunt some killer legs. But, for fall, the weather gets a little colder and the desire to be so exposed always drops a bit. That’s why pairing a mini skirt with a huge, industrial jacket is one of the best ways to carry those tiny bodycons into the cooler months. If you’re still unsure about the match, try pairing the skirt with some opaque tights or netted stockings. Throw on a loose T, some boots or heels and your favorite army jacket and head out the door.
2. With a mesh maxi.
We are all loving the freshness of a sheer maxi skirt worn over a shorter inside mini. It may seem like overkill to pair a billowing maxi with a huge military-style jacket, but the silhouette can actually feel very modern (it’s also super comfy). Plus, if you opt for a sheer maxi, you still offer a peek of your legs, which steers you clear of any sort of hippie-grandma vibe (unless that’s what you’re going for!).
3. Open and belted with a dress.
If you can find a jacket that is thin enough to look cool belted, this is an awesome way to play with the trend while making it your own. Try to find a utility jacket in a thin polyester. Pick any sort of dress you like, such as a thin pencil dress or simple bodycon, and throw the jacket on top, opened. Then find a belt that fits snugly around your waist and cinch the jacket together, leaving it open in front for the dress to peek out.
4. With shiny leggings.
Wearing an army jacket is awesome, but the only problem is that the whole camouflage thing makes it a little more difficult to stand out. Nix the boring factor by pairing the jacket with some tight, bright leggings or jeggings. Look for styles that shine or glitter. Or check for cool, bright fall colors, like silver, rose gold, purple or turquoise. Pair them with some tall boots, or even bring the look to a more casual level by throwing on some cool sandals.
5. With torn boyfriend jeans.
Going all out with some messy masculine-inspired styling is a totally fresh way to play up the army jacket. Look for the loosest, most tattered pair of boyfriend jeans you have. Or, head to your favorite thrift store and pick some up to make your own. Pair them with a simple bodysuit and some heels. Throw the jacket open on top and you are ready for an edgy night out for drinks.