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Mar 26, 2021

Olive Utility Jacket Outfit for Spring with Light Wash Blue Jeans and a White Sweatshirt

Hello and happy Friday! 

It's hard to believe this is the last weekend in March! On Monday my daughter is going back to school in person and full time 5 days a week! It has been more than one full year since she stepped foot into a school. My son has already been back full time for over a month, but at that time we were given a choice and my daughter chose to continue virtual learning. Her grades didn't suffer at all and with her already busy ballet schedule 4 times a week, this virtual learning actually worked well for her, but I'm sure it'll be good for her to be back in class too!

Last weekend we had another wonderful weekend (although I thought it was supposed to rain), so we took the opportunity for an easy nature hike around a local lake. I brought my camera along so I could photograph a path for last week's "I Spy Photo challenge" and at the same time my husband snapped a few photos of me so I thought I might as well use them for another casual spring outfit post.

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One item I reach for often each spring is my utility jacket. Do you own one? It's not an item I always had in my closet, but since adding one a few years ago it's become one of my "go-to' jackets for both fall and spring. I especially love throwing it on when I'm taking a casual hike/walk in a forested area. 

Utility jackets are available in a variety of colors and styles, I prefer a traditional green hooded utility jacket. My particular jacket was purchased years ago from Rue 21 (a junior's clothing store so I had to go up a size, in fact this is a size M as I usually purchase coats and jackets in S).

My exact jacket is no longer available but did find this fabulous water resistant utility jacket at Old Navy for those of you interested, and it's marked down to $36. Also available in navy as well as camo.

 Another option is this utility anorak from Target which reminds me a lot of my own jacket. This one by Target is not water resistant (just like mine) but makes a great spring or fall layering piece.


My daughter recently decided that she wanted to donate this cute cropped sweatshirt and I decided it was a perfect casual top for myself so I added it to my closet as my type of "loungewear" (meaning I'm not counting it towards my Project 333 wardrobe challenge pieces). I've mentioned before that I don't own typical loungewear but a sweatshirt like this one serves that purpose for me and it's perfect for not only staying at home but for  some outdoor activities as well. 

I like how the heart print and writing are blending in well with the color of the sweatshirt since I'm not a  huge fan of any graphic shirts. The wording reads "weekend forever" 😀 but it's really hard to see in these photos.


Like the jacket, it's no longer available. I had picked this up from the Kohl's clearance rack a few years ago for my daughter. She's a few inches taller than I am now and it's definitely cropped on her while it fits me in a more traditional way. 

You may like this one below as an alternative from Old Navy.

My light wash skinny jeans from Old Navy are super comfortable and are perfect for an easy hike. These were purchased a few years ago as well, but Old Navy always has some sort of light wash skinny jeans available if you're looking to add a pair to your closet. In fact the label on mine reads "super skinny" and these jeans do look exactly like mine - maybe a slightly different wash. They are available in regular, petite and tall sizes, and (as I type this) only $18. I'm pretty sure that's similar to what I had paid for mine as well. 

In my last outfit post I've worn my new light beige Taos canvas sneakers I had found discounted at Nordstrom Rack, in today's photos I'm wearing my suede Khaki "Taos Retro Star" sneakers I've purchased over 3 years ago when looking for a travel sneaker. This darker color is more practical for a walk in the woods than my light beige sneakers are, although I wouldn't recommend them on anything but easy trails as, while extremely comfortable for long walks, they are not meant for hiking on rough terrains. I'm not sure that the "retro" style is still in production, but did find the exact pair in select sizes on Amazon. 

By the way, Nordstrom Rack has a few more options available in the Taos Sneakers at reduced prices. If ordering do note, the "star" incl. "retro star" styles run about a half a size too small (I went up a half a size) but different styles may vary and always be sure to read reviews when purchasing shoes (or anything really) online. So helpful!! I also own the Taos Rubber Soul and those run true to size.

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Jennifer said...

I really want to get an olive jacket!!

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the 4 M's said...

Looks like a pretty walk! I love my utility jackets even if I do not wear them as much as I wish!

Amy Johnson said...

I can't believe your daughter hasn't been in school for a year. It's so different all over the US. Our schools have been open since fall. Love your olive jacket, your cute sweater, and these fun pictures.

Ellibelle said...

They are so great for transitional seasons!

Ellibelle said...

I love this trail around the lake, but in summer it looks too overgrown so we've only been on it in the spring.

Ellibelle said...

I know, it's crazy! They only had the virtual choice here until beginning of February. I felt so bad for my son who is a senior in high school, and really happy that at least he's able to go in person these last few months. My daughter actually enjoyed the virtual choice but she still has 3 more years to go after this year.

Joanne said...

That is a perfect casual hiking outfit! We're keeping our fingers crossed for 5 days in the building but so far they're sticking the two days for each student they've been doing pretty much since school opened.

Barbara Mojica said...

I have a few jackets like this one in several colors. Never thought of pairing it with a sweatshirt top. Great idea especially because I live in an area where spring is generally on the cool side.

Kim Carberry said...

Good luck to your daughter with the return to school. My youngest has been back about 3 weeks but on Wednesday they break up for the Easter holidays.
What a lovely spring outfit. I love your jacket. x

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Joanne! Good luck with your school district, but it's good that they at least are doing hybrid and not everything online. Here's hoping next year will be normal!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Barbara!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Kim! No spring break here, but at least they are getting Good Friday off for the Holiday weekend!

Shelbee on the Edge said...

I love your heart sweatshirt, Ellie! It is so cute. And an olive utility coat is such a great closet staple. I don't wear mine enough! How great that your kids are back to 5 days a week of school, too. That must be such a great stress relief for you. I don't think mine will go back full time until the fall. Which might be okay because they are going to be incredibly shell shocked when they are back to full time school!


Ellibelle said...

I am definitely so much more productive now that it's just me in the daytime, especially since I'm now up again by 6am. But I did enjoy having them at home knowing how fast they are growing up and will be out of the house before I know it!
But a regular schedule is definitely needed and I am glad life almost feels a little normal now.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Diana said...

Thats a great idea to styling outfit. Love it so much!

Diana, | Elegant Maxi Dresses

Suzy, The Grey Brunette said...

I love utility jackets! Especially in khaki. I'm like you, I tend to throw mine when I;m walking the dog in the mornings!
Suzy x

Mica said...

What a cute top and it works so well with your jeans and utility jacket :)
It's good news it's safe enough for your kids to return to school too! I decided to take up the option of returning to the office (it's on a volunteer basis here in my company) but then there was a case of the virus that got out of hotel quarantine so I'm working from home again. I'd like to be in the office more regularly soon though!

Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope that you have a lovely Easter Sunday :)

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Liza said...

Love the jacket.