A safari-style jacket is your ideal Spring companion

The classic, utilitarian style cropped up on many runways as designers drew on Africa as inspiration for their spring collections.

By Phoebe Neuman 16/11/2017

For lightweight outerwear that will pair easily with your spring and summer wardrobe, look to the safari jacket. The classic, utilitarian style cropped up on many runways this season as designers from Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren to smaller brands like Officine Générale drew on Africa as inspiration for their spring collections. The jacket, thanks to its typically casual cut and laid-back cotton fabrication, will work seamlessly with both weekend and office-ready looks, as it can be used to sharpen up your favourite pair of jeans or dress down your go-to trousers for the office. Keep reading to discover four fresh ways to wear the iconic safari jacket this spring.

## Ralph Lauren

For a vibrant take on the safari jacket, look to Ralph Lauren’s expertly tailored design (US$1,895 ($A2500)). The brand’s take on the jacket (pictured above) is unexpectedly sharp, featuring a blazer-like lapel and a modern slim fit that make it an easy alternative to your go-to sports coat. Pair the utilitarian olive green style with contrasting colors, like crisp white and vibrant purples to further dress it up.

## Louis Vuitton

Few designers embraced the safari trend quite like Louis Vuitton, as the house focused on Africa as an inspiration for its spring collection — even emblazoning surreal takes on the continent’s best-known animals on its classic LV monogramed bags. For something a bit more appropriate for the urban jungle, try the brand’s take on the classic safari jacket (US$3,550 ($A4700)), which has been upgraded by luxurious calf leather details.

## Officine Générale

Throwing on a safari-style jacket can help to dress down your go-to office wear to strike just the right balance of smart and casual. Up-and-coming French brand Officine Générale’s take on the trend (US$515 ($A675)) does just that, as its slightly loose fit helps lend a laid-back air to tailored trousers and a crisp button-down. Style it with a pair of fresh white sneakers to strike the perfect office-casual mix.

## Michael Kors

For the ultimate relaxed take on the safari trend, style a khaki jacket with a pair of tailored shorts, like Michael Kors’s pullover interpretation of the classic safari jacket. For something that is a bit easier to throw on, go with one of the brand’s similar lightweight styles (from US$112 ($A150)), which will pair easily with shorts on the weekend and trousers during the week.

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