My first army jacket was bought ten years ago in a Parisian flea market. (Stay with me here – I realize that’s one heck of a pretentious opener .) I felt so very worldly, as I strolled through le marche, jacket casually tossed over my arm. Ou est la cafe, Monsieur? Ah, bien. Merci.
The reality, however, is that the jacket smelled faintly musty, and while it was soft and ever-so-perfectly-oversized, the sleeves were much too short for my long, goony arms (inherited from my German father, not my French mother) and so the jacket lived mostly in my closet. I’d trot it out from time to time, sleeves rolled up.
Army jackets (or army-inspired jackets) are one of those pieces that always seem to be cool. Perhaps not Prince-in-sequin-hot-pants-and-chaps cool (did you see that SNL tribute? I mean WOW), but cool in an effortlessly casual way. And for some reason, I’ve been pairing mine with boyfriend jeans for at least EIGHT YEARS. Forget florals, this combo is my Spring.
Speaking of Spring, Morgan’s Pier is open!! It’s where we’ve spent many happy Sunday afternoons. If you follow me on instagram (@shanachristine) you’ll know we kicked off the Spring/Summer season with a bang. Unlike Friday or Saturday nights, late Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to let the kiddos take over the dance floor. Some friends came out to join us, and it turned into an epic party.
Long live modeling clay and kids’ tables.
jacket: Current/Elliott Army Jacket (size 1 for reference )
tee: Stateside Knot Tee (I’ll throw a pic on Insta soon – it’s a GOOD one. XS for reference)
jeans: Rag and Bone Tomboy Jeans (I destroyed myself – there’s literally only one size left, but see below for more options)
shoes: Ugg Janie Clog Sandal
bag: Rebecca Minkoff Medium Julian (I keep trying to branch out from this style, but I can’t quit it. It’s the most comfortable bag I own. Although, I do prefer the larger size…and then obviously, there’s my usual fringe backpack.)
Shop Army Jackets
I prefer army jackets that skew…rugged, rather than drapey and girly. Happily, Nordstrom has a big (HUGE) selection, and I managed to find several army-inspired jackets that look seriously flattering – with enough tough-girl detail to keep me happy.
Shop Slim Boyfriend Jeans
Spring is boyfriend jean season!! While boots can be tricky, boyfriend jeans were made to be worn with sandals – of any heel height. Here are some of my current favs:
If anyone happens to be in the area, I highly recommend Morgan’s Pier. The chef changes each season, and this year’s menu? IS GOOD. (And if you want to see a hysterical vid of Pax tearing.it.up. on the dance floor, it’s on the DJ’s instagram.)
A huge thank-you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! We had a blast shooting this one, and I always love the opportunity to share my favs – whether it’s an army jacket and boyfriend jeans, or the skinny fries at Morgan’s Pier. And readers, thank you – so much – for your continued support of The Mom Edit. It doesn’t go unnoticed, and is so very much appreciated.