Military Mania

IMG_6997The 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.IMG_7047IMG_6967Looking 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:marcbymarcUrban Outfitters SAVINGS ALERT: Enter HAPPYFALL at checkout and receive 10% off your online order through September 30.