8 Inspired Ways to Wear a Military Vest/Jacket

As a Jenna Lyons Twist on Eveningwear
As a Jenna Lyons Twist on Eveningwear

Meaghan of District Sparkle takes a style lesson from J.Crew’s famed creative director with this whimsical outfit. By mixing utility (the vest) with fancy (the vintage tulle skirt) and classic prep (the popped collar), she looks equal parts sweet and stylish.

Over Bold Florals and a Big Chain
Over Bold Florals and a Big Chain

Ashleigh of The Daileigh rocks an adorable early fall date ensemble right here. Can you say movies with the new boyfriend? Bonus: The sleeves will keep you warm in a chilly theater.

With Plenty of Patterns
With Plenty of Patterns

Jamie of Forever81 takes a big risk by mixing pearls, polka dots, and flowers, but by cinching everything with a green cargo vest, she pulls it off. We love this sweetly punky combo for a lazy Saturday shopping at Eastern Market.

Sexed Up With a Sleek Skirt
Sexed Up With a Sleek Skirt

Abbey of District Dress Up turns heads up and down the street by wearing her sleeveless trench as a top over a BCBG bandage skirt. Chains and a bold red lip lend a Versace-style pop, but the neutral color palette keeps this from looking too sexy.

Make a menswear jacket instantly more feminine by cinching it at the waist with a substantial leather belt, à la Lacey ofA Lacey Perspective. A higher hemline and pink suede stilettos keep things extra flirty.

With Bad-Girl Spikes
With Bad-Girl Spikes

We love the way Liz of So Much to Smile About mixes her utility vest with major chains and pirate-worthy stripes. It gives her casual cold-weather getup just the right amount of edge.

With Lace and Leopard
With Lace and Leopard

Alissa of Feeling Good Fashion rocks the now impossible-to-find Old Navy Cargo vest with an eyelet dress and, for an extra kick, cinches the waist with some leopard—further proof that the animal print goes, quite literally, with anything.

With a Work-Ready White Button-Down
With a Work-Ready White Button-Down

Here, Caitlin of Style Within Reach models the perfect casual-Friday outfit. Add a bright ballet flat, and the combo will easily take you from the office to happy hour.

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