Field jackets might not be what you’d call revolutionary, but their allure is undeniable. The lightweight outerwear is packed with throw-on-and-go appeal, which pairs well with your busy lifestyle (because, like, who has time to outfit plan?!). And no matter where your sartorial loyalties lie, there’s one out there to suit your tastes. Need a few styling tips before you invest in one of these seriously stylish toppers? Three Ways to Wear has you covered.
The Buy: A seriously functional field jacket that is equal parts practical and polished.
How to Wear a Field Jacket for Work
Leave it to Olivia Palermo to make a field jacket feel ultra refined. With a bold button-down, sleek stiletto booties, and a chain link bag, the embroidered topper takes on a seriously sophisticated ‘tude.
Come Monday, give your trusty blazer a rest and add a sleek field jacket to your on-the-job lineup instead. It’s perfect for combatting early morning commuting chills without overwhelming your person later in the day (it’s basically the transitional jacket of your dreams). Layer it over an artsy button-down and bright jacquard pants for an inspired look that’s equal parts polished and cutting edge. Continue the wave of unexpected elegance with printed lace-up kicks, two-in-one-hoops, and a foldover bag.
J.Crew The Downtown Field Jacket ($148) + Zara Striped Sleeve Shirt ($40), J.Crew Italian Silk Square Scarf ($50), COS Patterned Trousers ($115), Billy Ella Ghillie Printed Flats ($168), BaubleBar Christiana Drops ($32), Need Supply Co. Kai Shoulder Bag in Tan ($68)
How to Wear a Field Jacket for a Night Out
When it’s wine o’clock, you need an outfit that perfect balances saucy and laid-back cool. Emily Ratajkowski mastered the art of the out-on-the-town ensemble by combining a sultry slip dress and slouchy field jacket FTW.
Enlist the help of this souped-up pom-pom-trimmed number to drive a slinky slip dress and studded heels straight into Instababe territory. Don’t be afraid to layer on the statement pieces (our picks: a metallic clutch and layered necklace) — the jacket’s low-key vibe will prevent them from feeling too OTT.
Zara Park With Embroidery and Pompoms ($100) + H&M Slip Dress ($30), Steve Madden Fara-S Sandal ($130), Mango Pendant Triple Necklace ($30), ASOS Metallic Box Clutch Bag ($43), Lily Lolo Smoke & Mirrors Palette ($34), Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick in Berry Mojito ($21)
How to Wear a Field Jacket for the Weekend
If it’s good enough for Alexa Chung… Chung and her gal pal played twinsies with field jackets and classic denim — the ultimate off-duty uniform that will take you from flea market foraging to tapas with your crew in a snap.
Whether headed off on a romantic weekend with your partner in crime or bonding with Mom over dinner and a show, best believe this flirty #OOTD will see you through. Gilded flats and a patched-up field jacket ensure your elevated essentials, such as a cold-shoulder blouse and floral culottes, keep stay fuss-free from day to night. Round out the look with a swoon-inducing suede bag and statement shades that epitomize street style bait.
Mango Decorative Patches Cotton Jacket ($120) + Madewell x Where I Was From Slim Straight Crop Jeans ($145), Zara Asymmetric Top With Neck Bow ($36), Warehouse Climbing Rosa Trousers ($69), Mango Metallic Mule ($40), My Willows Diamond in the Rough Sunglasses ($100), & Other Stories Small Suede Fold-Over Bag ($145), Patch Ya Later Girl Power Patch ($14)
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