Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Military Chic

One of my favorite trends this fall is military inspired pieces.  No, I'm not talking about bulky cargo pants and camouflage [thank goodness:)].  This season it's all about hints of militaristic details seen in classic styles.  I'm talking about structured silhouettes, big, gold buttons, and even some fur.  Designers such as Haider Ackermann, Salvatore Ferragamo, McQ, Sacai, Dries Van Noten, Victoria Beckham, Belstaff, and Narciso Rodriquez have all taken on this look for the fall.  Here are some of my personal runway favorites:

Left: McQ
Right: Salvatore Ferragamo
Images From: Harper's Bazaar

Left: Dries Van Noten
Right: Sacai
Images From: Harper's Bazaar
Left: Belstaff
Right: Victoria Beckham
Image From: Harper's Bazaar

I absolutely love the color palate of all these styles.  One of my favorite colors is an olive/army green, and it's just perfect for fall and into winter.  I also like how the structure of each outfit emphasizes the waistline.  These types of designs can be seen in stores like Forever 21, as well.  Here is an example from my own closet:

This coat has some of the same militaristic details as the runway looks above but is more affordable.  It accentuates the waist and has large, silver buttons, which add a military flair.  Even if I pair this coat with jeans, knee-high boots, and a sweater in the fall/winter, I still look and feel put together because of the coat's structure.  When I wear this jacket I feel like a living reminiscence of the Civil War but in a stylish way.  

Military-inspired clothing is certainly in for fall this year, and there are many different variations of the style from structured coats, dresses with shiny buttons, and tall, leather boots.  Whether you have one piece that has subtle military details or you have a full outfit like some of the models above, anyone can try this look.  I know I will as I'm marching all over Boston to my classes this fall!

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