3 ways to wear the military look

Of the autumn/winter ’12 catwalk trends, ‘military’ undeniably emerged as one of the most wearable.

A palette of army green and structure-creating utility details made for a winter-perfect antidote to summer’s frothy colours and smoothed out silhouettes, and brought an ultra-wearable form of rigidity to our wardrobes.

The trend culprits commanding all things military for the new season included sibling label of Alexander McQueen, McQ; Balmain – albeit with a hint of decadence and our favourite runway tastemaker Victoria Beckham, whose signature sexy dresses were toughened up with regimental detailing.

To make the trend easier to translate for your wardrobe, check out our top three military influence buys to update your new season wardrobe right now.

The Military Coat

Napoleon Bonaparte references aside (although he would’ve been a proud ambassador of the military trend if he were alive today), we love the luxe look of the Joseph Cardiff Naval Coat.

Military doesn’t have to mean playing by the rule book and grabbing all things army green, instead this navy version is a refreshing take on the trend and means you can wear it season after season. We love the unexpected flash of red under the collar, and the gold tone embossed buttons add the right amount of trend without verging on tacky.

Joseph Cardiff Naval Coat with Red Collar Stand, £595, available at mywardrobe.

The Military Dress

On-trend and on budget? Style bingo! The Mango Kate Military Bodycon Dress is the perfect pocket-friendly addition to your new season wardrobe. We love the ultra-flattering contrast panels, and the buttoned epaulette detailing on the shoulders brings this dress right on trend; the perfect dress option for off-duty or the office.

Mango Kate Military BodyCon Dress, £22.99, available at Asos

The Military Boots

It wouldn’t really be military influenced if there were no buckles, straps and buttons involved, and that’s why the Power Gold Trim Boots from Topshop in khaki leather and suede with gold trim buckles are perfect for dipping into the trend. Ankle boots are a winter must-buy, and when they look this good, how can you possibly refuse?

Power Gold Trim Boots, £120, available at Topshop

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