Hey, Soldier

Every summer, without fail, fall clothes come in when it is approximately 115 degrees in sweltering Arizona. It's almost torturous to go to the mall in July and August, when I know that everything in stores will not see the outside of my closet until at least October. I always get sick of my summer clothes by August, and spend plenty of time lusting after items that I'll want in my closet when the thermostat finally dips. This year, a trend I fully plan on embracing is the Army jacket trend. Light, practical (with all those pockets, who needs a bag?) and fun, the new Army jacket just takes a cue from the original - this year's incarnation has a nipped waist, and comes at every price point. Here are three options:

First, from Urban Outfitters, there is the Vintage Cinched Waist Army Jacket. At $48, it is a great way to dip your toes into the trend. This particular jacket is from UO's Urban Renewal line, which boasts products made out of vintage deadstock materials. It is the perfect combination between new and vintage- fabric that is vintage, but that hasn't been worn before, so no funky smells or stains.

Next, in a little more streamlined option, there is the Ripstop Field Jacket from J. Crew, for $98. This is definitely a more streamlined version of the classic and would look equally great thrown over a floral dress or paired with skinny jeans, boots, and a tshirt. I particularly love the brass detailing on the pockets on this version.

If you are sure you are an Army-jacket loving girl, and have some cash to spare, I would spring for the Marc by Marc Jacobs version from Barneys New York, coming in at $298. Streamlined and sophisticated, this would become a wardrobe staple for Spring and Fall, and a great layering piece for winter. The cinched waist would be flattering for any girl- it is like having a belt without the hassle!

Will you get behind the Army jacket trend?


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