It's taken me some time to realise how useful something like this - but recently I've noticed how versatile a good utility jacket is. It has a lot to do with certain bloggers like Atlantic Pacific, The Marant Philes and The Fashion Guitar posting fab outfits, which encouraged me to try mine out with more. I have two, one classic Barbour number (please tell me a true Brit who doesn't possess one of these?) that smells horrendous after 30 years (it was my mother's) of country walks but I kind of love it that way, and the other (more city worthy) is from Gap - I bought it in New York last year when the weather in August played tricks on me.
Jackets like these are so useful in Britain - our weather is, for want of a better word - sh*t. One minute it is glorious sunshine, the next its tipping it down. Utility jackets are lightweight enough for summer evenings, and (usually) waterproof enough to get you to your car/tube station/cab. I'm a big fan of wearing them with delicate dresses and heels - it totally confuses the military-ness of the jacket.
They look fab with coloured trousers too - and go well with things like the breton tee, the leather trouser and the white sheer shirt. Overall, it's the kind of piece you wont struggle to create outfits with - you'll probably find (like me) that you'll just find yourself wearing it all the time by accident. Especially in spring/summer/autumn.
Joseph - massive fan of this seasons fruits from the brand, if you have a few quid (and a bit more) to spare check out this gorgeous one for £445 here
Topshop - my favourite one actually, at £400 cheaper than the Joseph version and used in the outfit examples here
Zadig and Voltaire - every time I go into this shop, I find a valid reason to spend money. These guys know how to make excellent capsule piece. Including this jacket, for around £280 here.
Zara - couldn't really talk about these jackets without mentioning Zara; they have several version that are very good. My favourite is here for £69.99
Barbour - Aaaaah this old favourite. Barbour's are Britain's only acceptable rainwear (I mean pouring rain, light rain allows trench coats!) Buy it here for £300.
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FYI - have started a pinterest board for all my Essentials, check out the utility jackets one!
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