BEAUTY Three Way Fashion: The Military Jacket Sara Zucker

I know that you’ve been patiently awaiting the latest Three Way Fashion because, without me, what in the world would you wear? Never fear because I am here. One of my character flaws is that I sometimes rhyme accidentally. Like, I’m a poet and I didn’t know it, I guess. Anyway, for those of you newbies, this feature illustrates how to wear a classic piece in your wardrobe for three different occasions. It also suggests accompanying pieces, all of which cost below $100. Being thrifty is so “in” right now.

Today’s edition focuses on the fatigue-inspired military jacket, which is a fan favorite for cool ladies during the autumn months. But why wait until then when you can easily wear it now?

  • Old Navy military jacket, $40

Look #1: Going on a date in the near future and want to look cute, yet understated, yet still cute? Pair the jacket with some denim cut-offs and a chiffon camisole. Slip on a simple pair of ballet flats to create a feminine look without being fussy.

  • Delia’s top, $35
  • Old Navy shorts, $23
  • Brooks Brothers ballet flats, $88

Look #2: I know I’m not alone in being ridiculously impressed by J.Crew’s recent collections. The effortless mixing of textures and patterns has been copied by retailers across the board including Old Navy, Gap and Ann Taylor. How can you recreate the same aesthetic? Slip on a sequined frock and dress it down with a pair of white lace-up sneakers. Your military jacket adds a bit of toughness.

  • Romeo & Juliet sequin dress, $41
  • Keds lace-ups, $30

Look #3: In my opinion, the most classic, almost French-ish way to wear fatigue outerwear in the summertime is with a breezy tee and espadrilles. Add pleat-front shorts to dress them up a bit and create a look that screams “Put a baguette in my hand and talk to me in an accent!”

  • Madewell tee, $30
  • Necessary Objects shorts, $24
  • SM Luxe espadrilles, $50

Sara Zucker currently works in e-mail marketing, coding until her eyesight gets blurred and the carpal tunnel starts to set in. She is also a freelance fashion writer and and blogger — her blog ( has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Lucky Magazine, on Racked, Fashionista and Guest of a Guest, among others. Her hobbies include wearing sweatpants until the inner thigh area gets rubbed out, finding the tastiest chicken nugget and updating her inspiration cork-board each season. To fully grasp the awesomeness that is Sara, we strongly recommend that you follow her on Twitter at @sbz.


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