Get ready to head into battle ladies; this fall’s latest trend is military-inspired clothing. Originally, the women’s military look came out of the 18th and 19th centuries, during which women added touches of military style to their gowns by using braids, tassels and cords.
[Keep the military look feminine by combining strong masculine pieces, like combat boots, with girly pieces, like dresses or skirts. Photo courtesy Gabriela Camerotti/Flickr.]
Military-inspired styles are nothing new in the fashion world, but for Fall 2010 the look is more reminiscent of today’s military uniforms, rather than historical uniforms.
Today’s look is played down. Key elements of an outfit, not the entire outfit, reflect military style, which helps to keep the look feminine. So what makes an outfit”military” style? Check out the elements below.
Elements of “military” style.
Earthy tones such as greens, dark browns, khakis, and of course the classic army green, help create the military look.
Structured jackets, shirts and pants give off a masculine vibe.
Features such as pockets, flaps, buckles and buttons give clothing a utilitarian edge.
How to wear it. (While on a budget.)
[Photo illustration by Kirsten Hudson. Photos courtesy Forever 21 and Payless.]
A great coat.
One of the best ways to incorporate military style into your wardrobe is to purchase a versatile coat. This double-breasted coat from Forever 21 is the epitome of military style with its structured design, flaps and rows of metallic buttons. The bright red color tones down the harsh edges of the coat, and gives it a feminine feel. Plus the coat is only $33!
The aviator look.
If you want to try the military look without going overboard just put on some cute aviator sunglasses. They’ll add a dash of chic to your outfit immediately. Try this pair from Forever 21 for $6.
Piece by piece.
An easy way to mimic the military look without breaking the bank is to use pieces already in your wardrobe. Wear a chunky boot that you already own, especially if it has buckles. These boots from Payless are a good example. They don’t scream “military,” but still give that feel. Or simply take that military cap you were wearing all summer and add it to your fall wardrobe. Of course, you could always buy a new one, like this adorable wool buckle cadet hat from Payless for only $10.
Pair with feminine pieces.
In a recent episode of Project Runway, the designers created looks with the combination of military and lace; the ultra-masculine with the ultra-feminine. To make the military look appear less harsh, add uber-feminine pieces. For example, wear a ruffle top under an open military jacket. Or try cargo pants with a high heel.
What do you think of military style? Tell me about it in the comments section.
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