In theory, the utility jacket was a great idea. These jackets are very appropriate and functional when worn with jeans and other casual looks. I knew that the typical Army green color would not be right for me, so I searched for a more flattering color. When I saw this wine-colored one at White House|Black Market, I was sure I had found the casual jacket that would work for me.
The photo above from Pinterest (no credits included) was one of many that inspired me to search for a utility jacket.
Let’s discuss why this style and color of the jacket is not for me. If I had stopped to count all the horizontal lines the style features create, I would not have purchased this jacket.
1. The collar extends out in an almost straight horizontal line.
2. Epaulets take up space on the shoulders’ tops, which visually shortens the neck and makes my face look more round.
3. Pockets at the chest and hip level create even more horizontal lines.
4. The gathered waistband with a tie creates another horizontal line, and there is yet another tie with gathers at the hemline.
5. Even the cuffs have horizontal line details.
6. The muddy color of burgundy is not flattering on my complexion.
A better option for me is this straight, simple knit jacket in pale gray. It was from Cali & York a few years ago. The soft, supple fabric and the clean vertical lines and uncluttered design are much more flattering and comfortable.
I am five feet six inches tall, and I have an inverted triangle shape, which means the shoulders are the widest part of the body. I hope that the information provided here on this blog helps you find your fashion sweet spot to help you look your best every day.