I bought a camel wrap coat from Gap.com a few weeks ago and when I got it in the mail, it looked, no joke, like I was wearing a bathrobe (and not in any intentional kind of way😋). So I went to the store to return it, and, err... ended up taking home this jacket. I thought it would look huge on me when I first saw it hanging up (it's got an oversized feel for sure, which is why it's great to balance it with slim-cut pants), so I tried it on and promptly fell in love. A "shirt jacket" is somewhere in between a typical military jacket and a chore jacket—and a button up shirt! It's not quite a jacket and not quite a shirt either, which makes it the ultimate versatile piece. Plus, the boho-ish embroidery on the front actually gives the jacket a structured, stiffer silhouette, which I love. Here's why a military-style shirt jacket is such a fun (and smart) purchase...
Shirt jackets are undeniably laid-back, so they're easy to throw on with jeans for an easygoing, day-off vibe. What's really great, too, is that this shade of olive is almost like a neutral—it works with lots of other colors, so it's super easy to layer. It's also a year-round kind of piece. Wear it in the fall and winter under a heavier coat and in the spring and summer in place of a cardigan to ward off North Pole–like air conditioning temps. The way I styled it here polishes the shirt jacket up a bit: a v-neck sweater, cropped black pants, and black ankle boots add a sophisticated tone.
Plus, these socks! So fun peeking out of the boots.
Jacket: Gap. Also try here, here, here (a mens' style too cool not to share),
and here (love this camo-print one)
Sweater: Sincerely Jules
Pants: Loft (similar)
Boots: Marc Fisher (similar)
Socks: Urban Outfitters
Shark tooth bracelet: Wanderlust + Co.
Wishing you all a peaceful weekend. The last post in The Rosemarie Look series will be up on Sunday!
Photographs by Tom Schelling