I thought it was time I got myself a utility jacket. It's spring, it's warming up supposedly and I've only been looking for five years. This is the nicest on me that I've found in all that time and it was definitely better on me that the Topshop shackett that I originally had in mind. I tried that on and I looked like a member of Mao's army. I just needed a little red book in my hand and the look would have been Communist perfection ;o)
So I headed off to Primark where I came up trumps with the one I'm wearing now. I tried it on and knew it was just right. I'm not saying it was better made than the Topshop one, it's not, but the styling and the fit was much better for me. It's all relative and personal. And if that sounds like a happy ending, it is, after I trimmed the stray threads and gave it a good press. You don't always get the nice presentation and finish but if you can look at what you can do with a garment - like tidying up the odd thread and trim, you can get some little gems.
A bit of an iron.
Trim a few threads
Halfway through the process ... and finished.
And confession time. A few weeks before I found the utility jacket, I found this camo one too. This one I love with bells on.
Primark Camo Jacket (instore & current), Primark Blouse (instore & current),
I also ordered the Topshop camo shackett after I bought this just to compare (need to cover my bases) but again the cut and fit wasn't as flattering as this Primark one. So if you're going down this route this year and you're passing a Primark, have a nosey. You might surprise yourself.
Other ones worth a look :
1. Marks Spencer Funnel Neck Utility Jacket
This one is a tencel fabric which means it will be a bit soft and flowy and the colour is veering more on the earthy side whereas mine is a strong green. You have to bear in mind what suits your own skin tone. The nipped in waist will add a little extra shape for those who don't like anything too shapeless.
2. Topshop Shackett
I sound like I'm giving this jacket a hard time and I'm not really. I'm just saying it wasn't the one for me this time but I have to say, I'm actually quite impressed with this little jacket. If you can carry it off like the Topshop models and The Style Album girls - brilliant. I couldn't do it justice.
3. Next Khaki Embellished Shirt
Not strictly a jacket but when I've seen it on someone, it's worn as a jacket and I have to say, I like the look. It's definitely worth checking out.
4. Hush Military Jacket
This is probably the lovechild jacket of mine and the Topshop shacket. It has the funnel neck collar of mine but the material is a thicker cotton and it looks to have a little more detailing to add a little interest. I think last year's version was a favourite with many and I've no doubts that this one is going to go the same way.
The camouflage ones seem to be a bit thin on the ground this year ....
1. Topshop Camo Shackett
This is the same shape as the plain Topshop shackett but with a nice soft faded camo print. I did like this but just not as much as the one I decided to go with. I sized down with these shackets so they didn't look so boxy on me.
2. Topshop Camo Printed Shackett
I'm liking the addition of the blue in the print here as it "summerfies" the jacket. Summerfy isn't actually a word but I have a feeling you know what I mean. With blue denim on the cooler summer days - perfect.
3. Zara Flowing Camouflage Jacket.
This is my favourite out of the three. My eye is always drawn to this one when I'm in Zara and if I could justify another camo jacket - this would be the one. This one is also the perfect festival camo jacket.