Military-inspired pieces have firmly made their way back to fashion’s frontline – from Burberry Prorsum to Balmain, models were marching the autumn/winter runways with an army-like precision. But this, unlike many, is a trend that’s wearable. From designer dreams to re-worked vintage, military jackets are an instant style update and an easy way to inject a utilitarian edge into the most basic of looks.
We love Topshop’s go-with-everything washed army jacket in khaki that’s got a great worn look to add a dose of off-duty style – and in lightweight cotton, it’s the perfect weather-ready throw-on to take you through to the new season.
There are so many ways to wear your favourite army jacket – with dressed-down denim or luxe leather – but we’re going to show you a great day-to-night look that fuses feminine elegance with down-town cool, so forget your Michael Jackson-come-uniform fears and follow our tips on how to make the most of your military jacket.
Dahlia Babydoll Dress with Bow Cuffs, £51, ASOS
A nude chiffon shirt dress is key to keeping your look feminine – we love Dahlia’s understated babydoll version with long sleeves and cute bow details to the cuffs, which will work as a great base for layering with the rest of your winter wardrobe, too. Throw your army jacket on top, keep it open, and roll the sleeves up a notch to keep things casual.
Toughen your look with a pair of black wedge boots. Beau Coops’ espadrille booties with lace-up detailing are perfect for adding a tough utilitarian touch to your military style, and show just enough skin with their cut-away back and peep-toe front to make them wearable for daytime – but if your toes get cold, don’t be afraid to slip a pretty pair of ankle socks on underneath.
Finish your look with a cool-meets-classic bag. We’ve had our eye on Stella McCartney’s Falabella tote for quite some time – it’s silver chain detailing adds a touch of urban sophistication to its sleek and slouchy shape, making it the perfect carry-anywhere bag. Plus, military loves a bit of metallic embellishment.