January 27, 2021

What I wore this week: a khaki utility jacket

If you’re a jeans-wearer, I promise you will find it useful

A few places where I’ve seen khaki utility jackets recently: on Kate Moss, teamed with black jeans and a leopardprint scarf, spotted out and about in Highgate. On a beach in Ibiza one afternoon when it got chilly and the woman whose lovely soft linen tiered maxi beach dress I had been admiring (didn’t get close enough to sneak a peek at the label, I’m afraid. Kalita, maybe? Lisa Marie Fernandez? Not cheap, anyway) pulled one out of her monogrammed raffia beach tote. On the Valentino resort catwalk in New York, embroidered and worn over a white shirt dress. Oh, and last but not least, on me: this Topshop feathered number has been my go-to spring/summer jacket for two months.

Kate Moss, Ibiza, Valentino, feathers. Join the dots: the khaki shirt-jacket isn’t a dowdy utility jacket any more. A jacket that was once camouflage, and therefore deliberately drab, has become a look-at-me item. This makes it perfect for Glastonbury, where clothes whose practical surface belies a thinly disguised vanity are what style is all about. (See the backstage-battered Barbour jacket, the surprisingly flattering cut of Hunter wellies when worn with cut-offs.)

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