Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Military Trend: how to wear it

Anna Sui: Romantic

Balmain: Uber-Cool

Chloe: Minimalist

Dsquared2: Kooky

Marc Jacobs: Geeky Chic

Military was definitely one of the biggest trends on both sides of the Atlantic this season. It had different permutations: from Anna Sui's humorous romantic take to Chloe's utilitarian approach.

There is a lot to choose from if you want to emulate this trend: from vests, jackets, and coats, to hats, boots and body con dresses. I recently bought a gorgeous black military cotton vest from Zara (I think it was from the fall/winter collection, coz I grabbed the last one from the window display ;). In the summer I plan to dig out my old cargo pants and pull on my Cuban hat I bought in Havana.

For those who don’t know where to start, I listed some useful tips and picked my favourite designer and high street pieces:

Tip #1: check your wardrobe: I guarantee you have an old pair of cargo pants you forgot about!

Tip #2: limit your military look to one piece: head-to-toe Balmain looks good on the runway – not in real life.
Tip #3: go for lasting effect: military coats are IN every season. You are guaranteed to get good mileage out of a quality wool or cotton trench coat.

Tip #4: don’t take it literally: the above pair of officer pants by Kris Van Assche is a bit OTT.

Tip #5: you can always turn to DIY by adding embroidery to your vests (see here), applying shoulder pads to t-shirts (see here), or simply sewing on gold jacket buttons.
Tip #6: have fun: wearing a Cuban 'Viva La Revolution' cap is having fun in my book ;).

I found that the best brands for the Military look are French Connection and Juicy Couture.

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