February 01, 2013

Military Chic

Military fashion as a trend is nothing new; in fact, it’s been on the rise since 2008, coming back every few seasons, but this time it seems like it’s here to stay. In 2012 we are now seeing the military trend evolve from a tough edgy look to a more chic look in collections by Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria Beckham. Items like army jackets, skinny cargo pants and lace-up boots are easy ways to wear this trend and of course, the earthy palette of olive greens and neutrals along with clean cuts is a perfect compliment to every wardrobe. Therefore, this is a perfect trend to take advantage of – once you get a few staple military pieces in your wardrobe and you know how to style them to suit your personality, you’ll be set for many seasons to come! Here are a few ways to rock your military chic look.

Rock chic:
This style is all about toughening up your look with detailing such as structured jackets, shoulder pads and large gold buttons. Gold detailing and ornate trims really set off the slick military cuts and add a little extra energy to your outfit. An easy way to pull off the rock chic look is with a simple yet edgy military jacket – it’s a must-have! These can be of various types with different lengths, fabrics, cuts, embellishments and shades – just experiment and wear a jacket that feels comfortable and reflects your personality so you feel confident when wearing it. A personal favourite that I think gives a great edge to an outfit is a khaki coloured jacket with black leather sleeves. Pair it with some black skinny pants or shiny leggings and studded ankle boots or even a pair of killer heels and you’ve got yourself the ultimate rock chic military outfit. 

The key to keeping military looks feminine is to choose fitted pieces. The most feminine way of wearing this trend would have to be by wearing skirts. Military skirts ending just above the knee are classy and versatile – team them up with a white or nude formal shirt to dress it up, or a plain black or white t-shirt to dress it down. Military jackets can also be played up with a feminine touch. Just pair a red military jacket with a dark coloured floor-length gown and finish off with some jewels. It adds a pop of colour and edge, while still remaining soft and ladylike. Another way to make this trend feminine is a brass-buttoned jacket with a peplum finish. The peplum style has been big the past few months and is a super girly addition to any outfit. The cut allows it to show off your curvy silhouette but the darker green colour still ensures your keeping up with the military trend. A little black dress is also a no-fail option, but look for militaristic vibes such as button-front details or inclusions of khaki colours. To maintain that edgy feel, accessorize your LBD with a fur collar, some statement jewellery and a pair of heels.

This look is probably the most easy to achieve. A military trend shirt is a very versatile piece of clothing. You can tuck it in or leave it open. You can use it as an outer layer or wear it under a jacket. Chose an army-style buttoned shirt, leaving it open, and contrast it with tighter, more polished pieces inside. Play around with proportions too – a slim pencil skirt with a loose khaki sweater on top with some ankle boots is a perfect casual look. A pair of pants is also a basic yet versatile military trend item. It works for everyone as it suits all types of body frames. For a casual look, opt for distressed, day pants in shades such as olive, khaki and even navy. These pants should be worn with a very simple black, white or nude coloured top. Not only does this immediately make the outfit look and feel more relaxed, it also allows all the attention to be focused on the trousers. Feel free to add a few fun necklaces and bangles or a printed bag since this is a casual look. Even the most basic military-inspired pieces deserve a dose of print. A leopard-printed bag is the perfect offset to a mix-and-match casual military outfit.

However, as with any heavily themed trend, the trick is never to go overboard – one piece per outfit is always enough – whether it’s incorporating the coolest military trench coat into your wardrobe, or pairing khaki coloured jeans with a favourite striped shirt. Don’t be afraid to experiment and see what you’re most comfortable wearing because in the end, pulling off the military trend is all about having confidence!