How To Elevate A Classic Utility Jacket for Spring

Who has spring fever? *raises hand high*

This is the time of year I start to give y’all whiplash alternating between winter and spring outfits. While we’re still dressing for winter here in the northeast, most of us are hankering for springtime, and it doesn’t help when my southern sisters start to ask for spring fashions!

Today’s post is for those of you who are tired of winter outfits and eager to think ahead to the next season. I’m teaming up with Lucky Brand to talk about how to elevate one of the most essential wardrobe basics for spring — the utility jacket.

How To Elevate A Classic Utility Jacket for Spring | Lucky Brand Bridgette High Rise Skinnies | Lucky Brand Girlfriend Utility Jacket | Lucky Brand Rose Embroidered Tee | Lucky Brand Woven Emmie Flats | Jo-Lynne Shane | Fashion for Women Over 40

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Lucky Brand does a lot of things well, and one of them is the classic utility jacket. I’m really loving this year’s version, which they’re calling the girlfriend utility jacket. The color is a nice soft olive green, and it’s 97% cotton with 3% lycra so it has nice structure as well as a bit of stretch to keep it comfortable.

I love how they’ve given this utilitarian wardrobe staple a bit of a feminine flare without sacrificing its traditional features.

How To Elevate A Classic Utility Jacket for Spring | Lucky Brand Bridgette High Rise Skinnies | Lucky Brand Girlfriend Utility Jacket | Lucky Brand Rose Embroidered Tee | Jo-Lynne Shane | Fashion for Women Over 40

There are so many ways to wear a utility jacket. It’s fun to throw one over a casual dress for summer, and I often wear mine with a sweater, jeans, and booties in the fall, but my favorite way is probably with a t-shirt, jeans, and flats or sandals in the spring. That’s the way I styled it for this post.

How To Elevate A Classic Utility Jacket for Spring | Lucky Brand Bridgette High Rise Skinnies | Lucky Brand Girlfriend Utility Jacket | Lucky Brand Rose Embroidered Tee | Lucky Brand Woven Emmie Flats | Jo-Lynne Shane | Fashion for Women Over 40

Speaking of things Lucky Brand does well, another one is jeans. In fact, the brand was originally started around it’s iconic vintage-inspired denim.

I’ve long been a fan of their Brooke legging jeans, but I wanted to try a different style, so I ordered these Bridgette high rise skinnies. They actually fit a lot like the Brooke, but they have a comfortable 10″ front rise, which feels amazing. I love how they hold everything in.

Plus they’ve got a versatile mid-wash that works well with the casual outfits I’m so fond of.  For size reference, I’m wearing the 29, which is my usual size in Lucky Brand jeans.

How To Elevate A Classic Utility Jacket for Spring

When it comes to what to wear with a utility jacket and jeans, the possibilities are virtually endless. Being the plain Jane that I am, I often go with a solid tee, but I was trying to push myself a little bit outside of my comfort zone with this outfit, so I started poking around to see what other ideas I could come up with.

One of the biggest trends this spring and summer is embroidered details and florals. My style tends to be classic with a side of edgy, so florals and embroidery isn’t always a look I’m drawn to, but when I saw this rose embroidered tee, my Spring Fever was suddenly in full bloom. #seewhatIdidthere?

Lucky Brand Rose Embroidered Tee | Jo-Lynne Shane | Fashion for Women Over 40

It’s cute on its own, but I really love how it looks peeking out from underneath the olive green utility jacket. It adds interest without overwhelming the outfit, and it creates a pleasing mix of femininity and toughness. For size reference, I have this tee in a small.

How To Elevate A Classic Utility Jacket for Spring | Lucky Brand Bridgette High Rise Skinnies | Lucky Brand Girlfriend Utility Jacket | Lucky Brand Rose Embroidered Tee | Lucky Brand Woven Emmie Flats | Jo-Lynne Shane | Fashion for Women Over 40

I finished off the outfit with these adorable woven flats. How stinkin’ cute are these for spring!?! The Emmie flats are one of Lucky Brand’s tried and true shoe styles; they’ve been around for years, and they keep updating the colors each season.

Woven shoes and bags are popular this spring, and these are a great way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe. For reference, I went up a half size in these.

Lucky Brand Emmie Flats | Woven Flats

Emmie flats

I love casual outfits like this — comfortable, put-together, and on trend. Each one of these pieces can be mixed and matched with different items in my closet for a lot of different looks as the weather warms up over the next few months.

How To Elevate A Classic Utility Jacket for Spring | Lucky Brand Bridgette High Rise Skinnies | Lucky Brand Girlfriend Utility Jacket | Lucy Brand Rose Embroidered Tee | Lucky Brand Woven Emmie Flats | Jo-Lynne Shane | Fashion for Women Over 40

girlfriend utility jacket // rose embroidered tee // Bridgette high rise skinnies // woven flats // similar sunnies // similar earrings

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