This Is the Jacket For Days When the Weather Is Messing With You

Spring in Chicago calls for versatile outerwear—this khaki number keeps you ready.

Photograph: Courtesy of Gap

We seem stuck in that ’tween season—winter one day, spring the next. The weather forecast calls for 60, but the fog and chill descends to crush our April longings like a batter squaring up a fat pitch from the Cubs’ Carlos Marmol.

The winter jackets have been put away, even the light ones. So what to wear until the sun decides it’s time to stop messing around and start bestowing a little real spring benevolence?

I love this waist-length khaki jacket from the Gap. Constructed of 85 percent cotton, 15 percent polyester, it’s durable, washable, and versatile. Wear it with a T-shirt or plaid shirt for a casual look. Dress it up with a dark-blue denim shirt and knit tie. Rock it with jeans, light or dark. Throw on some aviators—maybe stick a pack of Marlboros in your pocket—and tell the cold it can go freeze itself.

$80 at the Gap, 555 N. Michigan Ave., 312-494-8580

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