B ig news this autumn/winter, the military trend is back in business. Go on, get ready to stock your closet with a double-breasted coat, some stomping tough boots, and functional bags. The colour of focus? Olive green, of course (but we find that brown and black work okay, too). Working the military fashion is often a great way to update your formal wear – think pencil skirts, think subtle details like gold buttons on your favourite structured jacket. However, if you don’t want to overdo it, let us break it down for you. Here are three staple pieces to instantly amp up the military factor in your outfit:
1. The Coat/Jacket
Zing! Instant military points, in our book at least. Work it while our daily rainy weather allows you to. We especially love the super chic tailored, structured coats/jackets, although the olive green parkas do seem a little more comfortable.
[Clockwise from top left: Military inspired parka, Mango, RM499; Short military jacket, Zara, RM759; Contrast peplum military coat, Topshop, RM463; Parka, H&M, RM249; Military inspired coat, Mango, RM499; Tweed military coat, Zara, RM559]
2. The Tough Boots
Stompin’ black tough boots – golden to wrap up that edgy, luxurious military look. These probably work best with leggings, or skinny jeans for daily wear, if you’re trying to keep it inconspicuous – but hey, long dresses or pencil skirts work just as well. Don’t just take our word for it. Go on and experiment for yourself.
[Clockwise from top left: Black pull on knee boots, Dorothy Perkins, RM292; Black knee boots, Charles & Keith, RM273; Leather boots, H&M x Maison Martin Margiela, RM799; Leather knee boots, Mango, RM769; Serena boots, Dr. Martens, RM399; Leather riding boots, Burberry, price unavailable]
3. Anything olive green
If you’re not especially into tailored, structured coats/jackets or stompin’ tough black boots, but you’re still looking for that military flavour, our advice: try anything olive green. That should do the trick.
[Clockwise from top left: Oversized mohair sweater, Zara, RM139.90; Tube scarf, H&M, RM49.90; Knitted tube skirt, Topshop, RM146; Sequinned sweater (hunting green), Mango, RM199; Flap pocket fitted dress, Victoria Beckham, price unavailable; Trousers, H&M x Maison Martin Margiela, RM299]