Sorry for the hiatus, but as I’m sure many of you know, Rebecca and I just came back from a safari in Tanzania. The trip was amazing, but when spending 11 straight days off roading through the dusty savannah and traipsing around the bush, function comes first and form second when it comes to your clothes. Of course, I still wanted to look good for the lions, and was thrilled that I packed my Garrison Fatigue Jacket from J. Crew.
I actually picked this piece up a few weeks before we learned we were going on this last-minute trip, and the timing was fortuitous. Safari gear is all about khakis, browns, grays, and other earth tones, so this jacket in olive drab was perfect. I wasn’t sure how much I would wear it on this trip, but I ended up wearing it everyday and really put it through its paces. Tanzania was much cooler than I expected due to the high elevation, so there was definitely a chill in the air, especially in the morning and at night. This jacket isn’t really meant to provide a lot of insulation, just something to cut the chill, which is exactly what I needed. Plus, all the pockets provided me with plenty of space to stash camera gear like lens caps and filters, as well as other necessities like sunscreen and Clif Bars. It also has a detachable hood, though I left it at home since it was the dry season, instead opting to put the collar up to keep the sun off the back of my neck.
Not only is this jacket functional, it’s also bomber. For 11 days it was thrown in and out of packs, baked in the sun, covered in dirt, and routinely subjected to the two inch thorns that seemingly every plant in Africa has. Beefy cotton, sturdy zippers, and reinforced elbows all help. And since the fit is spot on, too, come September I’ll be able to wear this jacket how I originally intended…over an Oxford shirt and tie for my adventures in the urban jungle.