STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Army Chic

Style Advice of the Week

Khaki doesn’t have to be boring. You can use it just as much to stand out as you would to blend into your surroundings. As this Fashionista proves, neutral tones and a heavy jacket are not just for front line. Her combination of a soft sweater and a heavy coat provide texture and tie in the neutral tones all the way down to her sneakers that bring a pop of navy to the outfit. By choosing a skinny jean this Fashionista, also adds a feminine edge to balance out the masculine jacket and color palette.

The military trend is tried and tested, but you don’t have to be covered in brass buttons or wearing combat boots to make the look work. Like this Fashionista, you can integrate a few items into your wardrobe that provide a military edge without going overboard. A good way to do this is through a structured jacket. Helene Berman offer a beautiful cropped jacket in olive green that would take any outfit from civilian to service woman instantly. But if olive and khaki aren’t quite your color, then check out Ralph Lauren for a fitted military jacket in classic navy blue. Both jackets offer an embellished look with lots of brass buttons and shoulder embroidery, but if you’re looking for something a little plainer, try the Fort Collins military jacket for a softer approach that could also be worn as a shirt.

Pair any of these jackets with a crisp white shirt for a professional day look or dress them down with a cozy sweater or plain tee. To keep in the military style, try to keep the colors neutral with grays, blacks and white or khaki to green tones. You can add colors like navy to complement the classic look. However, if you wish to spice things up, you could pair these jackets with highlights of brighter colors like yellow to really make them pop. A bright pair of shoes, a necklace or a hat could really freshen up the wintery tones and give them a whole new lease on life.

Adding color and accessorising with pieces like statement necklaces or lots of rings will keep a military outfit looking feminine and allow you to add a personal twist. Another way to shake up this classic trend would be to match the heavier jackets with a floral dress balancing texture and style between two very different looks. Either way Fashionistas, take pride in your army fatigues and dress them up for a day out on the town.

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