Hello, my dear friends! Military / Utility chic isn’t really a new thing per se, it peaks up every time there is anti-war movement, so I’d say the most recent comeback started soon after the war on Afghanistan. It’s been ten years and the trend hasn’t go anywhere but staying, why? Because from the shoulder epaulette to double-breasted to today’s big pockets, elements of military uniform make us feel more organized and empowered.
Thanks to Pantone, some of the season’s top colors are super earthy and guess what, go hand-in-hand with military styles. What is different is this year, we will see more sophisticated, elevated styles with focus on feminism, instead of strict copies of the uniforms. Good examples include Marni’s big pocket a-line skirt with fur trim, Chloe’s large lapel maxi coat, and Dries Van Noten’s maxi wrap skirt made of heavy cotton in army green. (runway image courtesy of style.com)
How do we incorporate those in our daily looks? I’ll say think in the terms of color and form. Various shades of olive green in the forms of pocketed shirt, utility jacket, army pants, maxi coat, even shirt dress, would all be good ways to add that military chic of our wardrobe.
This season’s take on military chic is elegance by adding something feminine — wearing a flowy floral dress underneath that utility jacket or army coat, pairing cargo pants with a brocade top, or as I’ve done here, taking a romantic spin on the footwear. A printed silk scarf or a flower pin or two could also be the perfect finishing touch.
Beside my outfit, details of which is at the bottom of this post, I’ve also pulled a few budget-friendly pieces for you to consider if you want to experiment with this trend.
Thank you so much for reading! See you in my next post!