The military trend is all over the place lately, and this past spring I became hell bent on finding the perfect military jacket to add to my arsenal of coats and outerwear. I met my perfect match back in May when I encountered the Ecote Surplus Jacket (pictured above; $78.00 at Urban Outfitters) during a lunchtime shopping spree. This little guy and I were inseparable throughout spring and early summer and, now that the days are getting chilly, he's back in action for fall. I absolutely love this jacket. It's perfect for transitional weather and - everyone's favorite fall look - layering! The sleeves are great for rolling and the cut is generous but not too large. Although the price, while not exorbitant, was a little more than I wanted to spend, I haven't regretted this purchase for ONE DAMN SECOND. I've worn this jacket so much that I'm willing to bet my PPW is down to at least $2.00 already. Sure, you may be able to find an old school army jacket for less at a thrift store or in your dad's closet, but why scour your local Goodwill or hassle your old man when you can just go to Urban Outfitters and pay $80 for one?
The styling potential of a military jacket is endless. I wore this jacket exclusively on the weekends at first, but I quickly figured out ways to wear it with everything - layered over a thin hoodie to pilates, on top of a LBWD (little black work dress) for my scoot into the office, belted over a voluminous short skirt with wedges and thrown on top of a v-neck and little denim shorts.
As you can see below, the jacket has an inner tie that cinches the waist to give it some shape. I like to wear it with my messenger bag to give the whole "war vet" look some authenticity.Looking for something more expensive than this Urban Outfitters option? Feel free to pick up this Marc by Marc Jacobs version ($300 at Net-a-Porter) which we think is significantly less cool than the UO jacket:Urban Outfitters SAVINGS ALERT: Enter HAPPYFALL at checkout and receive 10% off your online order through September 30.