The Evolution of the Army-Inspired Jacket

The army jacket is one of those style staples, like ankle boots or white sneakers, that seems to stand the test of time; which is a tough test to pass when it comes to the fleeting whims of the fashion world. Yet over the years, this jacket has undergone some (stylish) transformations. The faded green piece has come a long way from its “borrowed from the boys” roots, and in the context of fashion has come to be synonymous with an effortless, utilitarian look (and the perfect layering piece for cooler weather!).

From the classic version to customized with embroidery and embellishments, there’s a version of the army jacket for every Fashionista’s style. To find the most authentic, worn-in pieces, the best places to shop are vintage and flea markets where vendors travel across the country in search of the best so you don’t have to. With so many variations out there, which one will you be rocking this season (and hopefully for many more to come)?

The Original—The jacket we all know and love. Slightly oversized with big pockets and snap closures. (Photo via @mealexareyes)


Camouflage—The classic style gets an updated pattern in shades of green and beige. (Photo via @krystalmartin)


Embroidery—Pretty florals and embroidered details add a pop of color and feminine flair to this jacket. (Photo via @ingrid.hughes)


Personalized Patchwork—The do-it-yourself version of those professionally embroidered jackets above. Just grab your trusted army jacket and a few fun patches to put your own spin on it. (Photo via @stellablasis)


The Longline—This trench-style jacket is like the runway-ready version of the army classic. In a more lightweight material, this piece just begs to be layered with booties and scarves. (Photo via @melaniebutr0n)


The Jumpsuit—The next natural progression in the lifespan of the army jacket is the jumpsuit. The ultimate in versatility, this piece is chic dressed up or down. (Photo via @briannailah)


The Military Jacket—Last but not least, the vintage piece that is a work of art in its own right. With brassy buttons, luxe velvet bodice and tailored silhouette, this military version is like the fancier sister to the classic army jacket. (Photo via @halliedaily)halliedaily