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10th Commandment: January 25

Last fall, the Barbour coat was the thing to have.  You couldn’t cast a sideways glance without seeing 20 of them, especially if you were in Georgetown.  This spring, short field jackets will be on the must have lists for the chilly nights of April.

J.CREW Downtown Field Jacket ($148)

I love the way this jacket mixes an outdoorsy sensibility with a sleek, citified silhouette.  I have a quilted Barbour jacket that I wear when I shoot trap, and I think that I may like this option better.  Plus, it would be a great jacket to wear in Montana, because being too dressed up in Big Sky Country is frowned upon. 

If you like the look, but want to spend a little less, Gap has a khaki jacket for just shy of $100.  I also have a few friends who own the Eddie Bauer equivalent, which cost a bit more, and they love it.  Or for those of you who just want an olive jacket that isn’t a field jacket, this Urban Outfitters coat has a military feel and this Gianni Binni coat is a bit like a sleek anorak.

For plus size women, this Torrid Anorak is closest, but this Forever 21 vest is really cool.



  1. Adrien says:

    I have that J Crew jacket and it's worth every penny. A perfect between-seasons layer and it always looks really sharp.

    January 25, 2013/Reply
  2. B says:

    I agree, I bought this jacket back in 2009. It's still in great shape, and I've worn it a ton. Totally worth the money.

    On a related note, J Crew just sent me a baggy of replacement buttons for a coat I bought last year that they no longer carry. It took them a little time to track them down, but they followed through and sent me a bunch. The way the buttons are sewn on, they tend to come lose, and I've lost a few. Now I have more than enough! Great customer service!

    January 25, 2013/Reply
  3. AD says:

    Have this – Love it. Perfect for transitional weather. I even wear it to work on no-meetings days with a Super 120s Pencil skirt or trousers for a different take on workwear. The navy one is really pretty too, but you can't go wrong with the mossy brown.

    January 25, 2013/Reply
  4. Sofia says:

    Does anyone else get excited when Belle features something you already own? I feel like a winner. I bought this jacket in September and it's perfect!

    January 25, 2013/Reply
  5. giggling gourmand says:

    I also own this jacket and think it was a great buy. I wore it on safari and it cuts wind fabulously, which was really nice. Plus it kind of wipes down easily which is good if you're in a sandy place. In addition, unlike the khaki mom shorts I bought I can wear it in my day to day life as well.

    January 25, 2013/Reply
  6. Vicki says:

    I am definitely loving the field jacket style these days! I recently purchased a similar style at h&m for $50.


    This jacket is nice for cooler evenings and can easily be layered (within) on colder days.

    January 25, 2013/Reply
  7. Gina says:

    I have this jacket and I LOVE IT. Definitely worth the investment.

    January 26, 2013/Reply
  8. Alaina says:

    I tried this jacket on and LOVED it, but the arms were too long. I've been looking for an alternative in petite sizes, but haven't found any. do you have any suggestions?

    January 29, 2013/Reply