I Think I Need a Camo Jacket

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One Thing I'm Obsessed With April 2017 Man Repeller1

J.Crew men’s army jacket, $148

Every so often, I happen upon what I call The One Thing. This is a garment or accessory, sometimes even a piece of jewelry, that pulls the rug of identity out from under me and makes me reconsider everything I thought I have heretofore known about dressing, myself and dressing myself. When it’s really good, it can make everything else in my closet feel new again, and because of this, I can never un-see it. If you don’t act, it’s like a cliffhanger that looms over my closet for as long as I deprive myself of it. But once I do give in? Ecstacy! Until, you know, the next One comes around.

I took Abie shopping in Soho last Sunday and by that, I mean I tricked him into believing we were going on a fitness journey by foot. The first stop was Ralph Lauren, because he has mentioned that he would really like “a braided sweater” (he means cable knit) for summer. I prefer that he wear fisherman knits, but does he care? No. The next stop was J.Crew, where I was confronted with the most recent case of The One Thing. Here I thought I was finished wanting to look like a male J.Crew model — white jeans, New Balance sneakers, utility jackets and all — but upon contact with one particular camo jacket, light enough to moonlight as a shirt, thick enough to make me feel protected when worn over something else, there I was, back in 2012 like I was 23 again.

I tried to convince Abie to buy it, but he refused. “I was never in the army,” he told me. I felt no such sensitivity towards leaning into the imposter than I am and thus tried it on. It was perfect. At first, I did not buy it. When I came home I considered the opportunities it would present; the light it would flash on the rest of my closet!

I could wear it with a dainty dress and plastic sandals.

It would look great with loose-fit pants and satin ballet flats, too.

I’d wear it over fitness clothes, pair it with lobster earrings and a striped button-down, maybe add a leopard-print skirt.

Oh, how great it would look with some fruit prints!

And could I simply wear it around my waist? Would I?

Yes. That would be ideal. At first, I called one in. I wanted to try it out, you know, before I actually bought it. And for a week I wore it with everything.

Including a brooch.

I love these lobsters so much.

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And polka-dot tea dress.

Last night at @dvf 😀 #gojonnygo

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I even went so far as to zip it up, belt it, create the illusion of a peplum and add black-tie skirt.

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And that’s when I was sold. Sold! My closet feels new as day.

Photo by Edith Young. 

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  • Lux Lisbon 2

    Plenty of offerings at Tractor Supply Company (they have a nifty instagram too). No need for your credit score to go down if you want to dress like Travis Bickle.

  • Molly D

    Love the last one. Victorian revolutionary. The only thing missing is a parasol.

    • Marta Millere

      SO good <3

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  • Michelle

    Now I feel like I need one too…

  • Millie Lammoreaux

    I have a really awesome Vietnamese camo jacket from the 60/70s (yeah…that war) that I got from eBay. It’s “duck hunter camo”, which is an extremely sick, abstract art-ish camo pattern.

  • Lindsey

    Yeah.. I filled that void in December-ish last year..I did the vintage camo button up shirt though.(ebay) I also did an abstract camo print too. I also threw some vintage Girl Scout patches on it. I did 3 so it doesn’t look like a sticker collection. I ALSO LOVE TSC as well… Michigan native; old habits die hard.
    Lindsey via Vegas

  • Kimberley Boehm

    Yikes. I’m an Army Brat and I try to avoid anything cameo, but that jacket is too versatile.

  • Hellbetty666

    Army and Navy Surplus stores are the greatest. I have a camo smock I nicked off my husband and it is the most practical thing ever, particularly the GIANT inside pockets!

  • Rheanonn Perez

    yaaas rock the camo leandra! i love it with the belt.


  • ashley

    into this esp with Gillian jacobs using as outerwear in love on netflix

  • chouette

    So what you’re saying is… those Margiela boots I STILL can’t stop thinking about will actually unlock my wardrobe like I think they will, and I should get them, right?

  • alyssa

    Hey leandra I just bought this camo jacket from jcrew, but I was wondering what size did u get it in?
    I’m debating between xsmall and small?
    Any advice ??