Private Benjamin - khaki, cargo & utlility jackets

Utility, cargo or just plain khaki?

In this mad time of mixed messages and confusion on so many levels… when I do venture out I feel the need, depending on the destination, to often feel ready for… well, combat.

I know ‘the thing’ that we’re all desperately trying to stay away from has no interest in our sartorial choices on any given day. But some how, and given the ever changing weather, wearing boots and a khaki/fatigue-ish jacket (yes, inner Private Benjamin calling again) I feel slightly more prepared and ready to fight. (Or just run away back to our bubble of home.)

Looking to update my much loved ye olde Topshop khaki jacket is now an annual/year round task. And still. And still, Nothing else has quite come close. Why does it need to be updated if it’s so perfect? Well, it’s looking a somewhat tired 8 years on, and well, in truth, it’s snugger around the hips that it was…
(If only Joe Wicks did an oh-god-we’re-still-on-lock-down-and-trying-to-home-school-our-darlings-DIY-ing-our-pants-off-at-the-same-time-but-self-soothing-through-gin-and-wine-too-often-anti-expansion-up-work-out…).
I digress.

I thought that I’d found a winner of a khaki jacket the other day, but it’s going back, the collar didn’t sit quite right and I’ve decided I needed epaulettes at the shoulders to balance out to bigger front pockets (used to carry hand sanitiser or gin) or my hips. One or the other.

So… here to share with you if you too feel the need join the/an army against you know what… some khaki jackets that might help do the job.
Next Belted Utility jacket £38

Next Belted Utility jacket £38

A boxier cut – shown here without a belt, but one is included… (loving this worn with white, and the red slides… DING)
H&M Tie-belt utility Jacket £29.99

H&M Tie-belt utility Jacket £29.99

I love the detail on the pockets with zip etc.
Stradivarius Safari Jacket with multiple pockets £39.99

Stradivarius Safari Jacket with multiple pockets £39.99
Simpler in detail, great length.
John Lewis & Partners Utility Jacket £79
John Lewis & Partners Utility Jacket £79

Another belted, slightly smarter version of a khaki jacket
M&S Cotton Rich Tie-waisted Utility Jacket £45

M&S Cotton Rich Tie-waisted Utility Jacket £45
A browner tone of khaki and a lighter fabric… is it a shirt, is it a jacket?
Uniqlo Linen Cotton Blend Shirt Jacket £34.90
Uniqlo Linen Cotton Blend Shirt Jacket £34.90

Topshop’s offering this season, again a slightly browner tone of khaki… limited sizes available now online, but, available in regular and petite sizes.
Topshop Khaki Jacket £39, was £49

Topshop Khaki Jacket £39, was £49

Cropped and Khaki – not really what I was looking for but I really like it, great collar… available also in regular and petite. Great for wearing with wider/cropped trousers perhaps.
ASOS DESIGN petite oversized crop shaket in khaki £38

ASOS DESIGN petite oversized crop shaket in khaki £38

This looks good, get 25% off with the promotion NEW
La Redoute Cotton Military jacket with high neck £40

La Redoute Cotton Military jacket with high neck £40

And finally… I love the richness of the shade of khaki of this… and great collar…
Hush Jardin Jacket £89

Hush Jardin Jacket £89

Good luck soldiers, we can do this

xx

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