Spring is layering season, and today I’ve got a modern black utility jacket outfit in my favorite neutral color combo — black, grey, and denim. It’s not just for winter!
wearing: Kut from the Kloth utility shirt jacket // Treasure & Bond twist detail tee // Mother The Insider step chew hem jeans (similar for less) // Marc Fisher slides // Rebecca Minkoff hobo // Gucci sunglasses // Halogen earrings
I love a good lightweight jacket for throwing on with a t-shirt and jeans. The cropped length, military styling, and toggle ties at the waist make this utility shirt jacket very similar to the popular Rails Collins utility jacket, but at less than half the price.
Utility jackets are usually olive green or camo print, and sometimes stone or khaki, but I especially love this one in the black. It’s a little more unexpected this time of year, but still a classic look. Yes, even in spring and summer, black is often the foundation color for my outfits.
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If you aren’t a fan of black, this jacket also comes in olive and white, and it runs true to size. (I have the small.)
No matter which color you choose, this utility shirt jacket is the perfect topper for your favorite t-shirt. Add a pair of distressed blue jeans and casual slides or sneakers, and you pretty much have the perfect casual spring look!
Underneath, I’m wearing a grey tee with a fun twist detail at the scoop neck and cap sleeves. I actually had this tee last year in a fun tie dye print. I was so glad to see they brought it back this year.
I immediately snapped it up in the grey, and I’m considering the white as well. This tee is soooo soft, and you can’t beat it for $20. It’s true to size, with a relaxed fit. (I have the small.)
This is one of those pairs of jeans that feels like I’ve had them for years. They’re so soft and comfortable, it’s like they were made for me.
I brought them home and tried them with a few different top and shoe combinations. I decided they were more of a spring/summer style, so I’ve been holding onto them, waiting to see how often I’d reach for them once the weather warms up.
The biggest thing holding me back from keeping them was the chewed hems, but I live a very casual lifestyle, and I love how they pair with sandals and a casual tee. Now that spring is on the horizon, I want to wear them every day. Now that I’m confident I will get my cost per wear out of these, so I finally ripped off the tags and put them in my closet.
These jeans run true to size (I have the 28) and they are also made in the USA, which is an added bonus! Also, Bloomies has this pair of Mother Insiders for 50% off, but there are only a couple sizes left, and Neiman Marcus has this pair and this pair for 25% off.
I realize that even on sale, Mother jeans are not in everyone’s budget, so I found this pair for under $100. Take a look at the wash called November Rain. They look really good! And Old Navy has this pair for even less.
I’m sure I will wear these jeans with sneakers sometimes, but I like them best with sandals.
Style Tip: Showing more skin in the foot and ankle area is elongating and slimming. Since these jeans are cropped and also a bit flared, I need all the help I can get!
These Marc Fisher slides are some of my favorites from last year. The studded details keep them relevant, and of course, slides are trending again this year. I sized down half in these, as I typically do with slides, so they’re pretty true to size.
And this bag — I finally found something I like as much as the Everlane Studio Tote! I hate photographing bags that are sold out, so I’ve been on the lookout for something similar.
Also, we did the stylist’s cuff! Remember, I talked about it in this post. Alison looked it up on her phone while we were shooting, and it’s a lot easier to do than they make it sound. It definitely takes the cool factor up a notch, don’t you think?
The best thing about this outfit is, each of these pieces can be mixed and matched to add value and versatility to my spring and summer wardrobe. I will definitely have a version of this black utility jacket outfit on repeat this spring.
Be sure to visit Cyndi Spivey and see the spring look she’s styling today!
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photos: Alison Cornell