✓ The idea behind the field jacket was to give soldiers a piece that they could wear when it wasn’t peak summer or winter, simply to ward off a mild chill.
✓ Originally made with waxed green canvas in a typical military green shade, the jacket was first popularised by Robert De Niro in the film Taxi Driver.
✓ Look for a jacket that has a slightly boxy fit, with a high-quality lining. However, if the boxy fit is a concern, look for a belted field jacket to cinch your waist and create a defined silhouette.
✓ A funnel neck or collared neck does justice to the field jacket and as far as colours go, stick to olive green, brown, khaki, black, grey and beige.
✓ You could opt for a camouflage print, but you’d risk looking mildly gimmicky, so proceed with caution.
✓ A characteristic feature of the field jacket is the presence of 4 patch pockets on the front, but some styles feature just 2 pockets.
✓ If you’re looking to make the outfit more complex, opt for printed shirts, T-shirts and use the field jacket to offset it.
✓ Considering the fact that your field jacket has a comfort or regular fit, ensure that the other pieces you pair it with have a slim fit to stop your ensemble from seeming sloppy.
✓ If you want to give your formal wear an edge, layer an outfit comprising shirt and trousers with a field jacket.
✓ While these tips will help you sail through summer in style, come winter, you can layer a field jacket over your suit, over a cardigan or pair it with a waistcoat. The thinness of the piece makes it perfect for layering, especially if the combination that you have in mind features more than 2 or 3 pieces.
Written By : Shirley Mistry