Universally, those women who looked comfortable, appropriate for grocery shopping but still stylish, were wearing field jackets. Otherwise known as utility or military-style.
I’ve loved my J. Crew jacket. My only reservation was the length, as occasionally I found myself tugging the hem downwards. Guess what? They now make it in a long model. The hood is detachable.
Sort of like Coke, if it sells well, create variations. Although I am not compelled to wear a baseball cap, no matter Jenna Lyon’s genius.
Field jackets work like Coke in other ways, i.e. you can now find Pepsi, R.C. Cola, and Whole Foods Cola. Hmm. I suspect you get my goofy point. Options abound. For example,
Fashion at 50+ requires a fairly strong sense of self, and a good visual imagination, to get rid of cues meant for other demographics
Field jackets are the 21st century cousin to moto, lighter weight in both material and cost. A hint of tough, a dash of tomboy. Killer worn with dangling earrings. A piece to be grabbed from the back of a chair as you rush out the door, and thrown off easily when you come back home.
There’s a meta-benefit to wearing category items with names, like Field Jackets. Their known set of characteristics lends structure, meaning, and therefore style, to otherwise casual outfits. See? Sturdy Gals have a few tricks of our own. But we share because our moms said to, and because hey, friends are more important than fashion.
Field Jackets for 2017
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