Nail the military trend in six easy steps
Words: Rosie Goddard | Photography: Jonathan Kope | Styling: Kelly Fung
Camo has taken the season by storm as one of the prints du jour, but if you delve a little deeper into the history of military regalia, you’ll find that a lot of the looks we’re loving right now have their roots in these uniforms, whether decorated or utilitarian.
On the runway, Marc Jacobs combated turbulent times by putting a rebellious spin on khaki staples, while brands like J.W. Anderson breathed new life into the bomber.
This new-wave take on military style pairs surprisingly well with athleisure staples and the reworked focus feels fresh and modern. Read on to see how red and blue go from stuffy to striking, and discover how insignia and overcoats will promote civilian outfits to a much higher rank.
Look to the little details to lend authority to your ensemble – insignia, badges and patches reference classic uniforms, as do gold buttons with crest-inspired embossing. Can’t find a jacket with the right patches? Buy your own and iron or sew them on.
Practicality is a huge aspect of this trend, and can be found in utility details such as oversized pockets, zips, belts and hoods. These features look good and work hard, and as a bonus, they’ll turn staple pieces into standout items.
Balance softer fabrics and silhouettes with heavier, bolder pieces. The oversized coat adds androgynous edge, and can tie any look together in an instant – simply throw it on before you head out the door.
The lace-up boot never really went away, but it’s back on top as a hero item for A/W. This season, go for poised and polished with no scuffs in sight. Bonus points for a patent finish and brogue-style embellishments.
Take a break from camo and discover other military hues. The royal blue and red combination appeared on French and British 18th Century uniforms, and while camo is equally as stylish, the latter is unexpected and ultra fresh.
We still take inspiration from centuries-old military garments and, as a rule, the older the uniform, the more embellishments it features. Look to contrast decorative flare in the form of ruffles with utility aspects like leather. The effect is super striking.