Style 101: Utility Jackets

Bombers, bikers and blazers — these are only a few of the many styles of jackets available in stores and awaiting arrival into your closet. While each of these jackets play an integral part in a well-rounded wardrobe, there is one equally versatile piece that you may need to add to your jacket rotation — the utility jacket.

Holding true to their name, utility jackets are lightweight jackets often done in a cotton blend that are the perfect transition pieces to get you through the changing seasons. These jackets are replete with pockets, allowing you to easily store your essentials so you can, if you so desire, forgo carrying a purse.

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Due to their indicative name, it should come as no surprise that utility jackets can also be paired with a wide variety of clothing that probably already exists in your wardrobe; from your go-to jeans and white tee to a girly floral dress and ankle booties, utility jackets act as a completer piece on outfits such as these, adding a casual, yet slightly edgy element to your look. If a utility jacket sounds like something your wardrobe might be lacking, we found three great options for you to incorporate into your ever-expanding closet.

Every girl needs a versatile black jacket, and there is no better option than the Levi’s Washed Cotton Four-Pocket Utility Jacket from 6pm. Its four-pocket design allows for plenty of storage, while its hardware details deliver a subtle military-inspired look. Available for $89, this jacket will be worth the splurge since you’ll be wearing it with basically everything!

The Levi's Washed Cotton Four-Pocket Utility Jacket, found on 6pm.com.

The Levi’s Washed Cotton Four-Pocket Utility Jacket, found on 6pm.com.

Nothing could be more practical than a utility jacket with a hood, and the Longline Utility Jacket from Forever 21 delivers a fashionable style for an accessible price. Featuring a drawstring waist and oversized pockets at the hip, this jacket will not only allow you to define your shape within the straight silhouette, it will also provide you with ample storage for your phone, cash and even your favorite lipstick. Available in traditional olive, dark grey (shown) and rust, this jacket is certainly a fashionable find for only $29.90.

The Longline Hooded Utility Jacket, found on Forever21.com.

The Longline Hooded Utility Jacket, found on Forever21.com.

If you want to test out the utility jacket but have grown weary of their lackluster colors, try the Military Anorak Jacket from Land’s End. Featuring shiny gold hardware, this jacket comes in a variety of classic tones, including concrete grey, soft sand, sunset poppy (shown), black and classic navy. This jacket will be an asset to even the most well-rounded wardrobes, and it’s on sale for only $59.99.

The Women's Military Anorak Jacket, found on LandsEnd.com.

The Women’s Military Anorak Jacket, found on LandsEnd.com.

Pair your newfound knowledge of utility jackets with our three styles to try out, and you have no reason not to add a utility jacket to your wardrobe!

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

Another day, another white-hot look from none other than Eva Longoria.

The actress was photographed on the red carpet of LG Electronics’ “Fam-to-Table” series on August 22 at The Washbow in Culver City, California, wearing a stunning white dress striped with sheer panels. She completed her look with nude T-strap heels and delicate gold jewelry.

Longoria’s latest white frock comes courtesy of London-based designer David Koma. Wearing the Sheer Cross Stripes Dress, Longoria’s head-turning look walks the line between sexy and demure. What’s equally head-turning about this look is its $1,770 price tag! Although nothing could truly replace this beautiful David Koma dress, we’ve found a dress and heels to replicate Longoria’s look for much, much less. Read on for the results!

Finding a dress to mimic the unique lines and sheer detailing of the David Koma dress was no easy task, but we found a near-duplicate look from Missguided — the Strapless Mesh Detail Bodycon Dress. Although this dress doesn’t have the same elbow-length sleeves of the David Koma dress, it features exact mesh detailing at the waist and hemline. This dress could easily pass for Longoria’s, but it has only one difference, other than its lack of sleeve: its $80 price tag!

The Strapless Mesh Detail Bodycon Dress in White, found on MissguidedUS.com.

The Strapless Mesh Detail Bodycon Dress in White, found on MissguidedUS.com.

Nude T-strap heels complete our look for less, and the Jessica Simpson Carys heel does just that. Done in a similar patent leather, these heels mimic not only the material of Longoria’s shoes but also their T-strap construction. The Carys heel also features a gold detail at the toe, adding a bit of shine to your look. These heels are the perfect way to cap off our look for less, coming in at only $34.99 from 6pm.

The Jessica Simpson Carys heel, found on 6pm.com.

The Jessica Simpson Carys heel, found on 6pm.com.

Eva Longoria’s red carpet style cost a whopping $1,770, but with these great pieces from Missguided and 6pm, you’ll be able to recreate her entire outfit for only $114.99. Style your new look with some dainty gold bracelets, and you’ll have Longoria’s exact look for a fraction of the cost!

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

Amy Schumer has made quite the name for herself lately as one of the funniest performers in the world of comedy. But the comedienne and actress has also carved out a space in the public sphere as one of the most well-dressed stars to grace red carpet events.

While promoting her film Trainwreck in Switzerland at the International Film Festival in Locarno, The Daily Mail reports that Schumer worked the 68th annual festival’s photocall on August 8 in a red cap-sleeve dress, speckled with a dainty black and white dot print. While she swept her hair into a soft side braid, Schumer opted for something edgier at her feet, completing her look with fierce red cage heels.

While Schumer’s head-to-toe red ensemble proved to be an equal mix of sweet and sassy, we can’t help but focus more on the sassy part of her outfit — that is, her fiery red heels. The Daily Mail reports that Schumer’s sexy stilettos were the Suede Strappy Sandals by none other than Guiseppe Zanotti. Between their bright color and their sky-high heel, these heels are certainly eye-catching — and so is their $895 price tag! But you don’t have to shell out nearly $900 to achieve Schumer’s head-to-toe look, because we’ve found the perfect pieces to recreate her entire look for less.

To mimic the look of Schumer’s red, black and white printed frock, we found the Don’t Stop Retrievin’ Dress from ModCloth. This dress offers a similar cap-sleeve style while also defining the waist and maintaining a slim, body-skimming silhouette throughout the skirt. For only $35.99, this dress is the perfect piece to begin building our look for less.

The Don't Stop Retrievin' Dress, found on ModCloth.com.

The Don’t Stop Retrievin’ Dress, found on ModCloth.com.

Finding a shoe just as fierce as Schumer’s Guiseppe Zanotti heels was no easy task, but 6pm delivered an equally sexy style with their FunkFresh Red Suede Sandals by Nine West. With an across-the-foot criss-cross strap pattern, these cage heels mimic the lines of Schumer’s heels while offering an affordable price for fashionistas with budgets both big and small — originally $105, these heels are currently available for only $65.99.

The Nine West Funkfresh Red Suede Sandal, found on 6pm.com.

The Nine West Funkfresh Red Suede Sandal, found on 6pm.com.

If Amy Schumer’s red film festival ensemble has you scouring the Internet for pieces to recreate her look, consider your search complete. While Schumer’s Guiseppe Zanotti heels retail for $895, our dress and sandal combination totals a mere $101.98. Style your hair in a sideswept braid, and you’ll have effortlessly recreated Schumer’s film festival style for a fraction of the cost.

Take Her Look [For Less]

The new movie Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader hits theaters Friday, but on Tuesday night, Schumer attended the premiere of the film held at Alice Tully Hall in New York City and worked the red carpet in a sexy little black dress.

People StyleWatch reports that Schumer wore a Dion Lee dress with an asymmetrical leather bodice, which she paired with a strappy black Gianvito Rossi heel.

Schumer’s sexy all-black ensemble is far from a “trainwreck,” but the total cost of the outfit is close, at least for us budget-conscious fashionistas. Schumer’s Dion Lee dress, the Leather Detailed Orbit Dress retails for $1,840 while her Carey Triple-Strap Sandals by Gianvito Rossi go for $995, bringing the grand total to a hefty $2,835. But if you want to recreate this look for the red carpet events in your life, THL has found three great dress (and a pair of awesome heels!) to take Schumer’s killer style for [a lot] less.

The House of Harlow Jett Faux Leather Laser Cut Dress is a great way to copy Schumer’s mixed-media look. This dress delivers an edgy leather that is softened by the eyelet-like laser-cut detail. You’ll look good coming and going in this dress with the slit opening in the back of the dress, adding just a little bit of sexiness to an already edgy piece. This dress will make a great addition to your wardrobe at a great price, on sale at Asos.com for only $85.17.

The House of Harlow Jett Faux Leather Laser Cut Dress, found on Asos.com.

The House of Harlow Jett Faux Leather Laser Cut Dress, found on Asos.com.

To show a little more skin, we opted for the Deep Sweetheart Cut-Out Dress from Charlotte Russe. Although this dress does not have any leather details, it offers a similar silhouette to Schumer’s bodycon style, while also giving you a chance to show off your summer tan with the sweetheart neckline and cutouts at the ribs. On sale for only $28.99, you can’t afford to miss out on this great style deal.

The Deep Sweetheart Cut-Out Dress, found on CharlotteRusse.com.

The Deep Sweetheart Cut-Out Dress, found on CharlotteRusse.com.

For a more conservative dress featuring faux leather, try the Faux Leather-Paneled Dress from Forever 21. This cute frock still gives you the edginess of leather, but in a modest shoulder detail. Cut in an easy-to-wear skater style, this dress is the perfect addition to any wardrobe in need of a little black dress, and it’s a steal for only $22.80.

The Faux Leather-Paneled Dress, found on Forever21.com.

The Faux Leather-Paneled Dress, found on Forever21.com.

Last but certainly not least are heels, and there is no better way to complete this look for less than with the Michael Antonio Jaslene Heeled Sandal. While these black patent heels offer a similar strap pattern to Schumer’s Gianvito Rossi heels, they come in at a fraction of the cost for only $19.99 at 6pm.com.

The Michael Antonio Jaslene Heeled Sandal, found on 6pm.com.

The Michael Antonio Jaslene Heeled Sandal, found on 6pm.com.

Schumer’s sexy Dion Lee dress and Gianvito Rossi heels totaled $2,835, but all of our dress/heel combinations come in under $110, making them the perfect way to take Schumer’s look for a lot less!

Happy Shopping!