many days, many ways: utility jacket

jacket: Gap Outlet (similar) // dress: Forever 21 (similar) // belt: Gap Outlet (similar) // shoes: LuLu*s (similar) // bag: Forever 21 (similar) // glasses: BonLook

Photos by Briley Noel

It's time for another round of many days, many ways link up with Danielle of Goodwillista! Last month, I showed off a bunch of ways to wear a fur vest. This month, I went with another outerwear favorite and styled my utility jacket. I actually wear this baby all.the.time, but it rarely shows up on the blog. That's definitely going to change with spring beginning! I found my utility jacket at the Gap Outlet in the middle of last summer when it was steamin' hot in Texas. I wore it as often as I could inside the office at work, but it was just too warm to wear it out for the most part.

When I was coming up with an outfit for today's link up, I definitely looked back at how I'd worn it on the blog in the past. I've worn it with a full skirt, a floral dress, a white dress, and boyfriend jeans. I've worn it with skinny jeans and heeled boots, and skinny jeans and tall boots. I even went edgy once and worn it with leggings and combat boots. Because I usually wear it in some variation of outfits I've already featured, I wanted to do something a little special and style a little black dress look.

I've actually had the rest of this look, minus the jacket, in mind since I bought the dress. In fact, I brought the dress home and immediately put together the outfit, but I've never worn it out. It never felt quite complete. It was such a duh moment for me when I tried it on with the utility jacket because it went from being basic to bloggable. It's classic with a little edge. It's perfect for going out on a spring night when it's too chilly for bare arms, but I still want to be dressed up.

I could have come up with a bunch more outfits with the jacket, but I want to be able to blog a lot of them at a later time, in another season. For now, here are 8 ways to style a utility jacket:

So, are you convinced yet that a utility jacket is a necessary staple in your closet? Don't forget to link up and check out what other bloggers remixed below! Be sure to follow Danielle and I, and add the button (in the sidebar) to your own post when linking up!


  1. Simple outfit but so cute!! I'm thinking I need a green field jacket!

  2. hey nicole! thanks again for hosting another link-up, and for your kind words (i would LOVE to crash austin and raid YOUR closet as well :))

    I love your jacket paired with a girly skirt or dress best. I think my fave is Miss New Booties (that skirt is gorg!) I don't have a utility style jacket or vest like this, but I'll definitely continue to be on the look-out for one!

    ♥ perfectly Priya

  3. 1. I have BEEN searching for a decently priced green utility jacket. Now you're just making my hunt even more for serious.
    2. Your lipstick matches your purse, and that makes me happy. By the way, is that a new purse?
    3. I can't pick a favorite way you've worn your jacket. It's a tie between this new outfit and the one with the jeans, booties, and white sweater!

  4. the second i get my hands on the perfect utility jacket, i'm recreating your "pretty fly for a white sweater" look with my new booties!

  5. Aww this is too cute! I also love my utility jacket, because it seems to go with everything. I love today's outfit, and I'm not sure I've worn my jacket with a black dress yet - thanks for the idea!! :)


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