Know-How: The Stylish Way to go Utilitarian

FORM AND FUNCTION. Practical and comfy, the somewhat bulky
utilitarian jacket is a true fall/winter staple

 

Lightweight, cut in slightly boxy silhouettes with a masculine fit and equipped with more pockets than you’ll ever need (only four actually), utilitarian jackets AKA field jackets have evolved into a stylish fall/winter outer wear option.

Burberry

 

Paul Smith

Fall/Winter Walks

With a turtleneck sweater underneath and sneakers below, this jacket makes for the perfect cold weather outerwear.

turtleneck sweater by John Varvatos, jacket by Sacoor Brothers,
pants by Paul Smith, shoes by Pedro

Paint the Town Red

While neutral tones is best for the jacket itself, don’t hesitate to pair it with colored and/or patterned pieces when you’re out to have some fun.

Shirt and pants by Ben Sherman, jacket by Sacoor Brothers, shoes by Aldo

Office Utility

Adapt this battlefield inspired piece of attire to the corporate world by picking less bulky silhouettes and crisp textures.

Jacket and pants by Sacoor Brothers,
messenger bag by Braun Büffel, shoes by Mario Minardi

DOs

• Go Out
Utilitarian jackets are meant for outdoor activities while you stuff the pockets with cellphones and other necessities.
• Go to Work
Yes, you can wear these jackets to work with a dress shirt, tie and formal pants.
• Go Neutral
Neutral hues like khakis, grey, olive or camels work best for utilitarian jackets.

DON’Ts

• Pick Large
Oversized bomber jackets work great; oversized utilitarian jackets do not.
• Overstuff
A utilitarian jacket’s many pockets isn’t an excuse to forego actual bags when you need to carry a lot of stuff.
• Fragile Fabrics
Suede and velvet options do exist, but are best avoided if you plan to use a utilitarian jacket the way it was meant.

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