But that doesn’t mean it can’t be good-looking too. A lightweight utility jacket is a versatile option, and one of my spring wardrobe essentials. Keep reading for more women’s utility jackets…
First, Chag Sameach to those celebrating Passover!
Though the rain has let up, I can’t remember when it’s been as relentlessly chilly and windy this time of year in our part of Southern California. My winter coats are feeling a bit “overkill,” but I still need something that blocks the wind. So I’ve been switching over to utility jackets, which I’ll wear now with sweaters and later in spring and early summer with tees.
This is one of the three utility jackets that survived last year’s closet purge. It’s from Banana Republic, and is (I think) from 2021. It’s a perfect fit (I’m wearing Petite Small). I like the shape of the collar and that I can turn it up to keep wind or sun off my neck. It can look polished enough for Smart Casual, and is machine washable. Unfortunately Banana Republic seems to have discontinued this style, but I’ve found some nice, practical-but-not-too-rugged options for everyday wear.
Women’s utility jackets
While I love a good blazer, some days just call for something more…utilitarian. For me, a utility jacket hits that casual-but-structured sweet spot.
You can find a boatload of styles in shades of olive green, though many have a worn-in, “dad’s old army jacket” vibe. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I think styles with a somewhat more refined look will be more versatile in the long run.
J.Crew recently updated their popular Downtown Field Jacket for a cleaner look. The trim on the pocket flaps and cuffs is a nice touch. The dark olive color is good for most Autumns. Sizes XX-Small to 2X. Currently 40% off with code SPRING.
This light sage color is another good one for most autumns. This jacket has a hood, and is available in sizes X-Small to XX-Large.
Though listed as a shirt jacket, I think this one also falls into the utility-verse. This Biscayne Blue might be good for some Summers, maybe a few Winters. (I have this one in the Sandstone color, which you can see here.) It’s available in 4 colors, in Misses, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite sizes.
If you need something water-resistant, this waxed cotton jacket has old-school heritage, but still looks modern enough for city wear. Several (neutral) colors available, sizes 0-18 (some colors not available in all sizes).
The rope drawstring cords give this linen blend jacket a fun nautical feel. Sizes XX-Small to XX-Large. This creamy off-white color should work for Autumns and Springs.
This terra cotta color is good for most Springs and Autumns, and will look great with ivory, beige, camel. The jacket is also offered in Provence Blue (a lighter version of the “Biscayne Blue” above), and a nice olive color. Misses, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite sizes. Reviews suggest sizing down for a less oversized fit.
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