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Casual Jackets for Spring 2020

March 16, 2020

Welcome to Dressed for My Day. I’ve had several readers ask me recently about spring jackets. While spring jacket season used to last for about a week for me in Arizona, I have a feeling I’ll get much longer wear out of my casual jackets this spring in Ohio. So I’ve definitely been looking for a cute, wear-everywhere style of jacket for the season.

Casual Jackets for Spring

Since I’ve already done one post this year on Spring Completer Pieces, today I’m focusing just on casual spring jackets. These are the jackets you could reach for most any day, especially when you’re wearing jeans, chinos or shorts. But you can also pair these casual toppers with skirts and dresses. Maybe we’ll explore that pairing in an upcoming post!

I felt like these casual jackets deserved a post of their own mainly because the choices are varied and wide. In fact, we’re going to look at three different styles that are trending hot right now.

Classic Denim Trucker Jacket

Let’s start with the style that never really goes out of style: the classic denim trucker jacket. You’ll see other styles of denim jackets in the categories below, but here we’re looking at the classic, slightly cropped, and somewhat tailored trucker jacket.

Fun Casual Pants from Chcio's
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I really think I’ve had my classic Levi’s denim trucker jacket for about 30 years. And I wear it absolutely every season. In fact, it’s the one jacket I pack for every trip because it’s so versatile. You can get this same jacket right now from for under $50.

White denim jacket
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I also love my white denim jacket. You’ll see it in an upcoming post. It’s great to pair with blue or other colored jeans, but also tops skirts and dresses nicely. I feel like it’s a slightly dressier option than the blue denim jacket, but still has a casual vibe and feel.

Of course, you’ll find denim jackets in so many colors and prints these days. If you already have a blue, black or white denim jacket, I think a print or other color is a sweet buy. But honestly, I’d start with one of those three first.

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For more ideas on how to incorporate denim jackets into your wardrobe you may want to check out this previous post.

Cinched Waist Utility Jacket

There’s a new kind of utility jacket in town this year, and we’ll get to it in a minute. But first let’s review the somewhat classic cinched waist utility jacket that’s been around for some time. These jackets create a flattering silhouette because of the drawstring or belt that gathers the waistline somewhat.

Utility Jacket for Leaf Peeping
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While the traditional color for these utility jackets may be olive green, like I’m wearing above, you’ll find them in many trending colors and prints. They’re called utility jackets simply because they look like the kind of jacket you’d wear to “get the job done.” They usually have multiple pockets and some feature both zip and snap or button closures. These jackets are traditionally crafted from sturdy canvas-like fabrics, but can also have feminine details.

utility jackets from Talbots and Lucky Brand at Nordstrom

I especially like this one from Talbots, which comes in three colors. But I also like this one from Lucky Brand, which is currently 40% off. The other utility jacket I have (which doesn’t have the drawstring waist) is from Lucky Brand, and it is soooo soft and comfortable.

The Chore Jacket

The boxy fitting chore or work jacket is somewhat new to the scene, surfacing in recent years but trending hot this year. I’m definitely drawn to this silhouette, even though it’s not very form fitting. I think it’s hot right now because of the rise in jean and pant fits. As we wear more high rise jeans, we’re looking for more cropped tops and jackets to pair with them.

I’m going to show you a few of these, just because they are definitely the more “now” choice. First up, some nice choices from Target.

solid chore jacket from Target (also in brown) // camo chore jacket from Target

These next chore jackets are both available at Talbots. The casual cotton jacket on the left is available in four colors. You’ll see a lot of denim chore jackets, too.

casual cotton chore jacket // denim chore jacket

Chore jackets often bear the distinguishing mark of square patch pockets on the front, anywhere from two to four. These next chore jackets are available at Gap. They’re already marked down, especially the cotton chore jacket. But use code MARCH to get an extra 20% off.

denim chore jacket // cotton chore jacket

Style Tip: To achieve a balanced look, pair your chore jacket with high waist pants or jeans.

Below, the pretty purple chore jacket is available at Zappos. The jacket on the right is from Everlane. It’s a denim chore jacket and also available in traditional dark indigo. But Everlane also has a cotton chore jacket, available in bone white and black.

Vans drill chore jacket at Zappos // the denim chore jacket at Everlane

Fit Tip: The end of the jacket should hit you just about where your leg bends from your torso. Even though this is a boxy jacket, it should fit in the shoulders.

The Lee brand chore jackets below are both available at Nordstrom, where you always get free shipping and returns.

Lee Loco denim chore jacket // Lee Loco cotton chore jacket

Finally, I found several great chore jackets at Madewell. They’re available at Madewell, where you’ll want to use code WHATASALE to get 25% off your purchase. But these jackets are also available at Nordstrom where they’re price-matched.

Denim chore coat (at Nordstrom) // garment dyed Ashwood chore coat (at Nordstrom) available in other colors, too

By the way, sale prices are often not correctly reflected in the shopping widgets. So click on through if you’re interested in one of the jackets above. Often the stores are having sales that require a code (always found on the website) and those discounts don’t show up in these widgets.

Which spring jacket silhouette do you like the best? For more spring completer pieces, such as blazer and cardigans, be sure to check out my previous post, Spring Completer Pieces to Layer on the Style.

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A special note to my readers…

I want you to know that I don’t have my head in the sand. Honestly, it feels a little trite to continue posting fashion, beauty and fitness tips and ideas when we’re in the middle of a national emergency of such magnitude. I’m feeling the severity and alarm of this crisis for sure. As I mentioned in this weekend’s post, I’m concerned about my loved ones, not only healthwise, but also financially, during these uncertain days.

But I’ve heard from many of you, both here and on Instagram, that you want me to continue to post as usual. You say that these posts can provide a sense of normalcy that you crave right now. I get it. I crave that, too. Plus, this is my income and my husband and I depend on it. As a blogger, it’s important that I consistently post quality content and that I stay in my niche.

So I will continue to post as usual about style, beauty and fitness, along with my inner beauty posts on Saturdays, as long as it seem appropriate. Thank you so much for your encouragement and interaction. I truly value you. And I wish you all the very best health. Take care of yourselves! And your families. Bless you!

While it’s definitely important to practice self-distancing during this national health crisis, it’s also important that we do what we can to care for one another. Let’s think of creative and meaningful ways that we can be good neighbors to each other at this time.

That could mean checking on senior adults and others with ongoing health issues that prevent them from leaving their homes to go to grocery stores or other necessary places. You could deliver prescription medications, household necessities, groceries or mail and simply leave them at their doorstep. But it could be that a simple phone call or text could prove equally meaningful. Finally, let’s not forget to pray for each other.

And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’  Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” ~ Luke 10:35-37

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20 thoughts on “Casual Jackets for Spring 2020

  1. I think I would go stark raving mad if I didn’t have ‘you girls’ to check in with everyday. My husband and I are definitely shut in (age) so our daughter is running all of our errands for us. I too worry about both of our adult, married kids & grandchildren but I’m not feeling anxious because I know, with confidence, that God is in control. I’m leaving the worrying to Him! I continue to pray for them and us and praying this crisis passes quickly. Everyone just needs to take their hygiene seriously and diligently. Really, we should all practice good hygiene ALL of the time. All that to say, thank you for your posts everyday. I think it will be good for you AND good for us!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Sondra. Yes, it will definitely be good for me to carry on. I need my work. And I’m so grateful for you gals. ❤️

  2. Please continue your posts, we do need you more than ever. Your message brightens my day since I am being at home more with less outside contact. And we will be back to normal sooner than later, God will take care of us and tell us what to do to stay safe and well.

  3. I’m so glad you are continuing to post. Your blog is a welcome distraction during this time and I look forward to your email in my inbox daily! I love the new chore jacket style! I hadn’t seen these before, and I definitely like the new look.

    1. Great! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I wish I had one to model for you gals, but I haven’t decided which one to order myself. But I’m loving the boxy fit. So modern!

  4. I enjoy your posts so much. I also look forward to the mini bible lessons. This is certainly a time of crisis but God is in control. The greatest comfort is to know that the Lord Jesus knows and that He cares.
    Thank you for continuing your posts. You are precious to us.
    The chore jacket is my style. I also like jeans jackets. Comfort and style.

    1. thanks so much for your encouragement, Suzanne. I have to admit, as I sit down right now to write tomorrow’s post, it seems a little pointless. But you gals have given me the push to keep going. (I don’t mean to be so dramatic. Hahaha!) I’m so glad you enjoyed the posts. If nothing else, maybe we’ll have reasons to put on a pretty spring jacket and go out for walks…alone! Ha!

  5. Kay, it would make me so sad not to hear from you every day! We need you now more than ever! Not only do we need your fashion sense, we need your wisdom, grace, and beautiful spirit. Although we don’t understand the why of this situation, we know that the Lord is still in control of all things. Therefore we know that this too shall pass. Thank you for helping us get through it!

    1. Ahh, thanks so much Karen. I’ll definitely keep posting. James and I took photos of 5 outfits yesterday. So I need to use those!! ha! Thanks again for reading and sharing.

  6. Please continue your posts! I love your style tips and look forward to posts from you and several others daily. I’m sticking close to home these days and miss my activities with my girlfriends, but we all need to stay safe and well. My hubby and I are walking. At least the weather is very spring like and sunny now. We all need to stay positive during these stressful times.

    1. Yes, I just got home from a walk myself. I’m so thrilled that spring is beginning. That is a true blessing in the midst of this uncertainty. The seasons come and go…and we trust this will, too. God bless!

  7. Your posts are keeping me sane! We are in the house and not leaving, due to some health issues with my husband. Plus…the pollen has the ground covered here, and I have allergies. I’m reading blogs and scouring cookbooks for something interesting to cook. I just cleaned my washing machine. So yes, you are helping others with these posts.

    1. Hahaha! I don’t think I’ve ever cleaned my washing machine. Hahaha! Maybe I should. But anyhow, I hear ya! I’m definitely posting. At least until or unless it starts feeling inauthentic. Thanks so much for being here!

  8. We are staying in and because we live on the coast, we already had a lot of provisions laid by in case of hurricanes. I love jackets so this post is right up my alley. I have a few jackets that look like the chore jackets and I love the pockets on these. I’m glad you will be here each day. I look forward to reading your post.

    1. Thanks so much Eve. I bet your jackets are darling. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and that you are a regular reader.

  9. I’m so happy that you are going to continue with your usual posts! I have a white and denim trucker jacket, as well as a navy jacket that I can synch at the waist. Because it gets hot here pretty quickly, I won’t be able to wear them after May. As a matter of fact, we are already dealing with upper 70’s to the mid 80’s. I hope that you had a great day!

    1. Wow! It still feels like winter here. I about froze to death when we were taking photos yesterday. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. Yes, please keep posting, Kay! I’m just north of you in Springboro and have been self isolating since last Wednesday (I’m retired, 62, but no health issues). I’m keeping busy, but enjoy reading your blog to feel like things are normal. At least I can still walk my dog right now. Looking forward to getting out and about whenever that may be in the future and wearing cute clothes again. I’ve been in sweats since last week. Might have to dress up a bit and FaceTime some friends soon, ha! Take care and stay safe. ❤️

    1. Hi Rachel, Thanks for the encouragement. Yes, Facetiming friends is a great idea! I think we’ll have to work at this new normal so that we don’t become emotionally isolated as well. Take care!