How to Wear a Utility Jacket

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Utility jackets are such a fun piece to wear, but I think they can seem awkward first.  When I first saw them last year, I wondered what I would wear with one. They’re definitely a menswear-inspired piece.

Utility Jacket: Target (similar under $20) // Top: J. Crew (almost identical color // Jeans: J. Crew Factory // Heels: Target (similar mid-heel, similar high heel) // Clutch: Kate Spade Outlet (similar–it’s a pencil case but would totally be cute!) // Necklace: Kendra Scott–try Rocksbox and get 1st month FREE with code BRIGHTONABUDGETXOXO // Earrings: c/o Purple Peridot // Bangles: KCK Bangles // Sunglasses: Quay via People Magazine–amazing box deal on SALE for just $13.99 
When buying a utility jacket, you’re shooting for a just-slightly oversized fit. This jacket has an inside drawstring so that you can cinch in the waist some for a more fitted look.  It also comes in two colors. I also chose a utility jacket that was made of a slightly heavier-weight material so that I could get more wear out of it this fall/winter.
To style a utility jacket, toss it on with your favorite tee and some skinny pants.  Here, I choose a tee in a warm fall color that pops with the olive color of the jacket.  I think that burgundy, plum, and navy would also be cute.  While I’m wearing skinny jeans, black leggings would also work well.  For shoes, make things fun by grabbing some leopard print ones!
For accessories, I pulled on a neutral Kendra Scott necklace and my new earrings from Purple Peridot. I love these tassel earrings from Purple Peridot because they come in great colors but aren’t as heavy as other similar earrings I’ve tried. Plus, Purple Peridot’s pieces are always super affordable!
Finally, want to know what makes bloggers happy??? Newly painted mural walls around town!!! Prhbtn just unveiled SIX new murals around downtown Lexington.  This one is on the back of Crossings off N. Limestone (pull into the parking lot off Short Street), and you can see the locations of the other five here. I’m a huge fan of these murals, and it makes me so happy to see them as I’m driving around.

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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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