With Halloween coming up, last thing you want is your military style looking like a costume. So head-to-toe actual army uniform is a no go!
The key is choosing military-feel/inspired pieces, that have been re-imagined by the designers: some examples might be closer to the prototype than the others (camouflage utility jacket versus cinched at waist tailored double-breasted navy coat with ornate gold buttons). Winning combinations this season are the ones that juxtapose the tough army elements with ladylike dresses and skirts, sumptuous knits and relaxed tailoring.
Camo jackets and printed accessories have been the top choice of the fashion-forward crowd this season. The aim of the print is to blend with the environment thus hiding the person wearing it, but this is a military situation. The last thing on fashion troopers’ minds is being invisible, so to make the design pop pair it with contrasting feminine elements. A floral dress will take the hard edge off the utility style army jacket or a khaki parka/mac variant. For warmth: layer a turtle neck or a fine knit jumper underneath the dress.
If florals aren’t your thing – lace, satin and silk, sequins and gauzy materials like chiffon, organza and tulle will beautifully contrast the camo print.
Tip: When it comes to shoes, flat boots styles in vogue right now are lace-up army, hiking, Chelsea, studded and buckled punk boots.
Capes have once again returned for fall as one of the favourite cover-ups of the season. To balance the proportions of this naval officer inspired design pair it with slim trousers or skinny jeans and high heel ankle boots (buckles and laces are a plus). A Victorian style shirt will add a romantic historic flair, while the opulent velvet in rich jewel tones will be a welcome pop of colour in this navy number.
A chic military double-breasted coat with polished brass buttons is a wardrobe classic. Wearing one with a waist accentuating belt is all the rage right now, but there’s a way to step it up: option one – add more then one belt (mixed designs stacked), option two – a Prada way (a white corset-like belt with another belt over it).
To avoid visually cutting the silhouette choose boots that finish above the hemline of the coat.
Shearling has gone beyond the boho/hippie style with denim and biker jackets sporting the detailing. Yet the piece you should keep an eye out for this season is a shearling aviator jacket, also known as bombardier jacket, flight jacket or pilot jacket. Burberry and Acne Studios have been creating some of the most covetable designs for a while now turning them into a classic lust-worthy piece.
This Balenciaga edition is another great example of leather (they come in suede as well) military style with plush shearling lining. To keep the army vibe, opt for a relaxed khaki trouser, flat Chelsea boots and an unexpected twist – a silk camisole. Should the weather conditions not allow for such daring top, you can layer it over a warmer alternative or completely avoid in favour of a shirt/utilitarian blouse, jumper, zip neck top or a turtle neck.
by Olga Permyakova
Cover Photo: Photographer / Model/ Styled by : Bailey Fray DeJong @baifraydej