With autumn well underway, it’s time to start thinking about investing in a good fall jacket. There are tons of different styles to choose from but I’d thought I’d share my personal favorite: The Military Jacket. Lets explore a few of your options when choosing the perfect military jacket for you.
Finding a military jacket shouldn’t be too difficult no matter where you’re living. An army supply store is the perfect place to start if your city is lucky enough to have one. They’re usually surprisingly packed with great finds including backpacks, hats, and of course, military jackets. Your local thrift shop may not be the safest bet, but can often offer the cheapest option for well worn in jackets. In my personal experience a well stocked vintage store will be your safest bet, though. I’ve found they’re usually overstocked in amazing vintage treasures that are often at an affordable cost. If you choose to go with one of the last two options, just try not to think of who once wore it and where they might be now. Yikes.
Now that you’ve found the perfect jacket, why not make it completely your own with a simple DIY? Ordering studs on a website such as studsandspikes.com is super a easy and cost effective way to make your jacket truly unique. If you’re an amateur studder it might take you a while to get into the groove of things, but practice makes perfect when it comes to the art of studding. Don’t be discouraged when it takes you half an hour to put 10 studs in. You’ll get the hang of it and you’ll be a master at studding in no time! PRO TIP!!!!: I usually turn on my favorite movie (Mean Girls) which offers me just enough distraction to make studding less tedious but without being completely distracting from the task at hand. Try it! It works! I swear!!
This military jacket may not be for a first time DIYer or sewer, but if you’ve got basic sewing skills you’ll likely be able to pull this one off with ease. Earlier in the year I did a fun DIY where I attached sleeves from one dress shirt and attached them the body of another dress shirt. (See post here)
In the last few months I’ve been thinking of how I could translate this process into something with heavier fabrics for fall. I found this great thin military jacket and I knew I had to do something with it. I decided to cut up an old sweater and attach the sleeves onto the jacket. I really think it updates the classic military jacket into a really current piece. If you’d like to try this on your own, just follow the steps in my original DIY Two-Toned Shirt post. My only tip is just to be mindful of the ease that the stretch of the sweater will allow.
There you have it! Three completely different takes on the military jacket for fall.
ANDREW CHIPMAN IS A PERSONAL STYLE BLOGGER, DIY GURU, AND MASTER OF GOOD TASTE FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA.