Styling a Military Jacket

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Have I ever mentioned that the weather in the great Pacific Northwest is unpredictable and finicky? One day it's sunny and 73, the next day it's pouring down rain and 48. Ugh! Am I the only one that always has a hard time figuring out what to wear this time of year?

This last week I alternated between this military jacket below and my down winter coat. I mean, really!?! But of course, it's not nearly warm enough for a short-sleeved shirt. In fact, I had to wear a sweater underneath and a scarf.

A military jacket, or field jacket, is a wardrobe staple must-have. And this jacket perfectly fits the bill. I got it last year (I think) and did a lot of searching before I landed on it. It has a great fit, plenty of pockets, and slightly heavier than most I have found. Plus, it has a hood in the collar. The hood is very lightweight, but around here that is a must on coats! Because, you know, rain.

I'm so excited to share that my exact military jacket from Kuhl is still available and comes in a six different colors directly from the Kuhl site. I have the sage color, but I'm loving the slate. In fact, if I didn't have one already, I'd definitely have a hard time deciding between the two.

L to R: Sage, Slate Blue, Slate, Plum, Khaki, Raven

You can also get it at REI on sale in this beautiful violet color (while supplies last).

Here are some other options to choose from. The camo one from Vince Camuto is a fun take on the usual and the neutral gray color would go with nearly everything. The embroidered jacket from Bloomingdales is on-trend. The Rag & Bone jacket is a fun, flirty alternative to the more boyish looks of others.

My mid-weight sweater is from Costco a few years ago. It's the perfect combination of form and function and transitions well from season to season. I've always had a hard time figuring out what color it is but it probably lands in the coral range. This one at Nordstrom is probably the closest color-wise to the one I have found. I love how bright the color is and is definitely brings a pop of color to rainy days.

I recently picked up these modern cuffed jeans at Target in medium wash. They also come in dark wash and white. If you haven't tried Denizen from Levi's I highly recommend it. This is the second pair I've purchased and they are 0h-s0-comfy. These are the first pair I purchased.
I love the mix of colors in this scarf. It grounds the outfit with the navy but ties it altogether with the pops of color, one of which matches the sweater). This scarf is old but below are a few others with similar color schemes.

Oh, and the boots! I almost forgot the boots. These are the exact Dansko booties and they are fantastic! So comfy, a great neutral color, just the right height in both the heel and where it hits on my leg. I've had them for at least two years and they are still going strong. During the winter, I pretty much live in either these Dansko's or these Sorel's, which I reviewed here. People stop and asking me about both pairs all the time and either one is a great boot to take you from fall to spring.

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