A whole bunch of utility jackets

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great utility

It seems like there are a lot of utility jackets out there for spring, so at first was going to call it a trend, but I actually think they’ve just become classics, and they’re ubiquitous because they blend well into so many different kinds of wardrobes. They’re definitely a favorite of mine, and I like when a jacket plays it straight but then has something kind of cool going on, like the embroidery on this one from The Great.

topshop utility

I kind of love that this one from Topshop is machine washable.

hudson utility

This one reminds me of the tough girls who smoked cigarettes in my high school parking lot in Houston—in a really good way.

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You know I get excited about a good blue, and this is a really good blue.

eloquii utility

I’d wear this jacket from Eloquii exactly as styled.

sezane utility

And speaking of styling, it’s kind of awful here. But I think this jacket, from French brand Sezane (it’s sort of their Madewell) has definite potential.

camp utility

This Veronica Beard number is as well-tailored as a blazer, and you could wear it like one.

barbour utility

You can’t beat Barbour’s classic Beadnell for that too-cool-for-fashion look.

heart utility

The tiny embroidered hearts on this one from The Great are pretty winning.

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And the price here is pretty unbeatable.

vince utility

This one from Vince  is kind of a hybrid of a straightforward denim jacket and a utility jacket.

belted utility

The belt here is a chic, very French touch.

lang utility

If somebody were to take a Carhartt jacket and tailor it just for women, it might look like this one from Helmut Lang.

leopard utility

I couldn’t not include this leopard print version.

taylor utility

Kimono tailoring: pretty genius.

cupcakes utility

I like that the green here is more of a loden.

proenza utility

Who knew that Proenza Schouler had a lower-priced (but still rather pricey) line? I love how quietly statement-y this is.

 

Here are more spring jackets, if you’re interested.

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12 Thoughts on A whole bunch of utility jackets
    Alix
    25 Apr 2018
    8:12am

    I’d love a utility jacket. And a rain jacket. But for some reason, I find that those styles have very tight-fitting arms/shoulders/backs, no matter how large the size. (I’m looking at you, Eileen Fisher.) And I refuse to resort to shopping in the men’s section. 🙁

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    Candy
    25 Apr 2018
    8:31am

    I bought Uniqlo’s Ines de la Fressange white denim jacket from your previous spring jacket post and love it. Wearing it just magically ups even meh outfits a level. And it’s now marked way down!

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      Michele
      25 Apr 2018
      3:54pm

      Ohhh! I wanted that white denim jacket after reading that post but when I stopped by the Soho Uniqlo I couldn’t find it anywhere, and the SA gave me blank stare & shrugged. So helpful. And then I forgot. Of course it’s totally out of stock online now & I have jacket envy!

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    c.w.
    25 Apr 2018
    9:13am

    I have four utility jackets (2 green, one white and one Barbour with Liberty lining from the kid’s dept. at J.Crew). Which probably means I have a problem. Still, may the good lord help me, that last one––the Proenza Schouler––is giving me the siren call (and after I have determined to never buy anything in black again!).

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      Mamavalveeta03
      28 Apr 2018
      12:07am

      It’s cute, cw! And it would look great on you!

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    Pia
    25 Apr 2018
    10:22am

    I’ve got the J. Crew city field jacket, a black Barbour, a cadet blue version from UNIQLO, and a really nice black one from Madewell that I highly recommend.

    In other words, they are the perfect piece of clothing for the SF Bay Area;).

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    Mary Alice
    25 Apr 2018
    11:08am

    My favorite jacket is an army green Joe Fresh utility jacket lined with a pretty little ditsy floral print. I wear that thing EVERYWHERE from walking the dogs to dinner. that I bought in NYC about 5 years ago. The pockets! SO good.

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    Amy in StL
    25 Apr 2018
    3:21pm

    They actually have several Carhartt jackets styled just for women. The Crawford Bomber is almost identical to the Helmut Lang but it’s a tenth of the price.

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    Jenny
    25 Apr 2018
    3:58pm

    Tradlands has a beautiful chore coat & longer denim jackets that veer into utility territory, for those who opt for made-in-the-US or slow fashion.

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    Joni maloney
    25 Apr 2018
    8:14pm

    I bought the sezane today – it is so so cute on and I rarely like anything I put on myself lately!

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    suz
    26 Apr 2018
    5:53pm

    These are great. Utility jkts really live up to the name. I really really want the The Great one with the hearts but it is so out of my $ range. And I usually hate heart print anything. I wear my dark army ultility jkt to death

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    Mamavalveeta03
    28 Apr 2018
    12:05am

    I hope utility jackets never go out of style! I think they’re classics by now, so I don’t have to worry too much. The Army green ones are my favorite, but I think I could go for black for a change of scenery. The belted ones add a measure of chic.

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