When it comes to jackets, most of us only need a few styles to form the backbone of our wardrobes: a great leather moto (real or faux), a classic trench, a casual denim trucker, and a utility jacket—something lightweight, laid back, and in a khaki/olive/camo green color palette.
Whether you're partial to a cropped version that pairs well with high-waisted pants, or something with a little more length and coverage as hemlines start to rise, utility jackets are an easy choice to throw on during spring's in-between weather.
Celebrities have wised up to their versatility too, and a few have even offered up some inspiring styling tricks to try this spring. Alexa Chung, for instance, tied hers around her waist and paired it with a faux fur jacket draped over her shoulders (That's right: two pieces of outerwear, neither of them worn as intended—fashion!) Gigi Hadid, meanwhile, opted for a more polished look with a matching field jacket and tapered trousers by Sally LaPointe, a look we're totally copying for Sunday brunch next weekend.
Below, see how 10 celebs styled one of our favorite pieces for spring, and keep scrolling to shop the best utility jackets the internet has to offer.
On Alexa Chung: Gucci Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($415).
WHO: Naomi Watts
On Jessica Alba: Chanel bag.
Who: Taylor Hill.
The cropped length and distressed hem give this a modern surplus vibe.
We love the subtle puffed sleeves on this jacket from Rebecca Taylor's French-inspired sister label.
The bird and flower patches make this jacket extra springy.
This is one of Madewell's best-reviewed jackets—and for good reason. It comes in three colors and is perfect for transitional weather.
The structured shape and intricate lace embroidery make this sophisticated enough to pair with a nice dress for dinner.
Pair with black skinnies and beat-up boots for a rock 'n' roll feel.
This jacket is made from eco-friendly Tencel.
The ideal length to pair with high-waisted jeans.
Wear this buttoned up as a shirt or undone over a striped tee as a short-sleeve jacket.
This is weighty enough to wear on cool nights.
The embellishments set this piece apart (don't miss the cool beadwork on the back).
A good score from a go-to mall brand.
The length of this jacket is perfect for layering (and it comes in petite, too!)
Don't worry about steaming—this jacket looks just as good when it's slightly rumpled.
You'll want to wear this every day.