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, seen here, and here. 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, Asos has a great long all-cotton version which looks great with skinny jeans, or leggings. You don’t have to wear shorts.
Fashion at 50+ requires a fairly strong sense of self, and a good visual imagination, to get rid of cues meant for other demographics.
In case you are still scratching your head and saying, “Field jackets?” read on. They come in plus sizes.
Not to forget burgundy, or whatever we’re calling the red wine-colored fabric this year. Merlot anyone? Syrah?
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.