A transitional topper is a must-have spring wardrobe essential. No matter which way you slice it this season’s pick has to be the utility jacket. We had our editorial interns (and fashion closet gurus), weigh in on the “what” and “why” for this season’s must-have:
What makes the utility jacket so appealing is its versatility, and “the perfect balance of military masculinity and spring femininity,” says Amanda Shirreffs whose pick for the season is a combat-worthy number from Rag & Bone. “I love that it can be worn both day or night, with a plain tee and a great pair of skinny trousers, or lace mini dress and some great suede booties”. Its 24/7 appeal makes it ideal for layering, whether with a more traditional cut like Michelle Alarie’s pick from Smythe, or oversized, like Lori Sherman’s from Urban Outfitters. It also makes it ideal for about-town and weekend getaways, working equally well “cinched with a thick vintage belt, cuffed straight-leg trousers and a great heel” or “ a comfy button-down shirt I borrowed from my boyfriend’s closet and rain boots”.
It’s the comfort and ease that top Ryan Cheung’s list of criteria, “lightweight fabrics offer breathability and comfort, and the natural crinkle of the fabric add character and dimension”. A more luxe approach from Rowena Lantano would include a sleeveless version from YSL, while Nancy Phatsaphaphone’s cropped style from Gap has a more casual, yet equally feminine feel. Paul & Joe’s take on the trend caught Jennifer Martinez’s eye, who was drawn to the “juxtaposition of classic army utility pockets and epaulets with buttery soft perforated leather and an ultra-flattering drawstring waist.” Whether structured and feminine or rugged and tomboy, going cargo is this spring’s ultimate style statement.