Ten-hut! What do Fashionistos and military men have in common? Their choice of wardrobes it seems. Men’s fashion has evolved since the days of war, but staples like military tweed trench coats, combat boots and aviator glasses have been seen time and time again. Christophe Decarnin is largely credited for inspiring the military and rock look, and since then we’ve seen the olive green incorporated into Balmain’s and Victoria Beckham’s fall collections. Not only do we see this look on the fanciest of runways, but also on college campuses. Trendsetters who wear these pieces to class aren’t scared to flaunt the military look. Could it be that the military style makes them feel daring? I think so.
I was lucky enough to spot a Fashionisto on campus the other day looking effortlessly street cool. He combines his Wolverine combat boots with a Burberry military coat. As if that wasn’t enough, he knew that the outfit wasn’t complete without a briefcase bag. Since olive green is more subdued, it goes well with any darker tones such as black, tan, dark brown, navy and gray. Moreover, since he is wearing earthy hues, he wasn’t shy to wear slim-fitted jeans from United Colors of Benetton with the trench. He could even afford to wear a patterned hat, scarf or textured shirt underneath the coat and still look casual enough for class. The bottom line: look toned down, but not so much that you camouflage with the environment around you.
Hint: Going military chic can be effortlessly cool. With tight-fitted coats and polished boots, consider toning this look down for class by wearing a pair of tinted aviators. These glasses complete the functional look without making the outfit seem too rigid. Create this guise by transforming a strict look into a casual one.