10/23/2012 11:48 am ET Updated Oct 23, 2012

5 Ways To Wear A Cargo Jacket This Fall So You Can Give Your Leather Jacket A Break (PHOTOS)

It was rumored that actress Reese Witherspoon had snatched her son Deacon's cargo jacket out of his closet so she could wear it herself. Rumor or not, I can understand her inclination: The olive green jackets are everywhere these days. So when I spotted a Gap Kids version of the topper that I had been lusting after, I snapped it up. It fits (just about) and is small enough to have a tailored feel to it unlike the more common oversized army jackets. (Confession: I steal my husband's army number and wear it as outerwear when I'm in the mood for something masculine and not-at-all confining.)

A cargo jacket is a great staple piece for fall. Case in point: We just spotted the ever-stylish Diane Kruger out and about in New York wearing a green jacket, paired with skinny black jeans, winklepicker boots and a statement bag. Like a leather topper or wool blazer, it's versatile, warm and has that certain something that pulls an outfit together. Before you run to your nearest Gap Kids (or Army Navy, depending on the fit you're after) check out our fashion assistant Michelle Persad who we challenged to wear her cargo jacket five different ways. We hope you're as inspired as we are.

5 Ways To Wear A Cargo Jacket

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