It was an olive green military-inspired parka that had a removable faux fur lining and fluffy brown faux fur around the hood.* They advertised it as a 3-in-1 utility jacket because you could wear it one of three ways (taking out the fur definitely makes it more spring/fall appropriate - see above). Something about it struck me as a piece that I could get a lot of use out of and it was unique to other jackets that I had been looking at for cold weather. My mother shot me a strange look when I showed it to her and gave me a hard time about making it my Christmas gift. I think she sees the light now with the impending fall trends as military styles seem to be taking over again.
Though the trend has been peeking in-and-out these past few years, I feel like this autumn it will really catch on and come into its own. Many 2012 Fall RTW runway presentations (including my personal favorite, Burberry) showed wonderful military-inspired designs from skinny cargo pants to lace-up boots and of course, the army-like utility jacket. The trend was all but cemented for me the other day when a very popular fashion blogger, Blair from Atlantic-Pacific, used a military-inspired jacket in one of her oh-so put together outfits that she called Party. She paired it with feminine pieces like a lovely Kate Spade feathered skirt and Giuseppe Zanotti leopard print heels. It looked really pulled together and fits perfectly with the summer-to-autumn transition.
I am really looking forward to using the jacket more this autumn and winter as I will be walking to work and utilizing its fur lining. Paired with thick leggings, a comfy sweater, and boots (or perhaps some lovely leopard loafers), this jacket will keep me warm and stylish. Take that mom (in a teasing way of course, I do love my mother very much)!
What autumn trends are you looking forward to this year? Some more that I'm looking to incorporate into my wardrobe include: the leather look, peplum silhouettes, borrowed-from the boys classics, and luxe detailing (especially when it comes to accessories).
:: katiegolightly x
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*sadly, Converse is no longer offering the jacket, but many retailers have similar designs!