You guys. I can wear olive again.
After it made me nauseous during my pregnancy (crazy, right?), I got rid of everything related to my previously favorite neutral including my beloved cargo jacket. It used to be my almost everyday go-to, and it’s something I tell my clients they should have in their closet whether they’re 16 or 60. Add some jeans and a white blouse or tee and you’re good to go. I’ve been without one for the last 2.5 years, and it’s a staple that I’ve never found a comparable replacement for. While I love my faux leather jacket (edgy) and khaki trench (classic), a utility jacket is that effortless casual piece you can throw on over anything and call it a day.
So you can imagine my excitement when I reached for this parka on my latest visit to H&M, closed my eyes as I shrugged it over my shoulders and opened my eyes expecting my hormones to tell me this was a bad idea. Nothing. I waited for a wave of nausea. Nothing.
Could it be possible? Could I wear olive again? After I wore this jacket around the store for another 10 minutes (and picked out this adorable skirt for Little V from Michelle Morin’s kids collaboration), I decided it was a done deal. This jacket also fit me better than my old Aritzia Trooper, so I would definitely recommend it for petite frames. The H&M size 2 runs more fitted than Aritzia’s XXS with a more flattering cropped hem. I wish the sleeves were a little shorter and the quality could be better (the zipper feels cheap), but the price is also more affordable than others I’ve seen.
Do you own a cargo jacket? Which brand do you own?
H&M Short Parka with Hood | H&M skinny jeans, old (similar) | Madewell The Simple crossbody bag | Rockport Cobb Hill Bethany boots
Kristen C says
I used to own a cute lightweight corduroy jacket I threw over everything, but eventually the buttons broke off and I lost too many of them to reconfigure to an acceptable look. Oh well!
Lol. You could always still wear it open, or maybe just replace all the buttons with new ones from a sewing store?
So cute. I had a grey cargo jacket that got lost. I wore it a lot. It’s hard to replace!
Yes, gray seems harder to find than olive, never mind worrying about fit and such. I’ll let you know if I see any!