Originally a garment designed for the purpose of going on safari in the African bush, the safari jacket became an iffy weather winner for women everywhere after it was introduced by Dior in the mid 1960s.
“Rustic in its rough-hewn flair, usually designed in near-weightless cotton twill or a cotton/linen blend, dyed in a tan, mossy green, or pale neutral tone, the safari jacket was an instant hit with the stylishly sporty women.” ~ Lloyed Boston on his book Before You Put That On
Safari jacket is a great way to give newness to your outfits. It smoothly transitions you from spring to summer or summer to fall. For days that leave you chilly today and sweating tomorrow, this jacket beats it all.
So when I met this MICHAEL Michael Kors Women’s Belted Safari Jacket in khaki, my instinct was to finds ways to style it. Here are three ways you can wear this safari jacket to different occasions.
Safari Jacket for the Office
Jacket, Blouse, Skirt, Satchel, Pump
Pair your safari jacket with a silk shell and softer silk skirt for a look that is office appropriate. Add a pair of killer black pumps and splash some bright color to the look through your handbag.
Safari Jacket for Smart and Functional Look
Top, Skirt, Jacket, Bag, Loafer
This is another silk combination, a cowl neck silk blouse and a tuck front skirt, but this time we played with colors and prints. The neutral look of your safari jacket is perfect to temper the striking prints of your skirt. Finish off with a black satchel shoulder bag and black loafer pumps.
Safari Jacket for a Relaxed Look
For a relaxed take on safari jacket, team it with cropped pants in bold color and fun flats such as this trendy smoking slipper, then enjoy “sipping cocktail at the lodge while the other hunters get dinner.”
A take away: In case you don´t feel like carrying a bag, the host of roomy bellows pockets can house everything – thin wallets, single keys, a lipstick, chic mints – without adding bulk to your hips or chest.
A word of caution: If you´re busty, beware of the patch pockets on the chest, avoid stashing things there to avoid unnecessary additional volume.
Now it´s your turn, girls. Tell me how do you find safari jacket. Do you have it in your closet? How do you wear it?