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Look We Love: Military Inspired

Military-inspired fashion has been around for quite some time and the fact that it continues to re-emerge has caused this look to transcend beyond the boundaries of a ‘trend.’ On the Spring 2010 runways, military-inspired pieces proved to be more versatile than ever and were used to create a broad spectrum of looks: classic, avant-garde, feminine, androgynous boho, edgy- there are just so many amazing directions to take.

For a classic, clean style, team cargos with a sharp blazer and towering platforms like Victoria Beckham or pair a military vest or jacket with a crisp white button down and sharply tailored pants or shorts for a more androgynous style as seen at Rag & Bone.

Alexa Chung created the perfect thrown-together and totally on-point look (her specialty!) by layering an oversized vintage military jacket-shirt hybrid over her Isabel Marant boho-top and vintage denim cut-off combo. The there’s Rachel Bilson, who demonstrated a great every-day piece a military jacket is, teaming the Gap’s military jacket with Current/Elliott Cropped Legging Jeans, J Crew Ballet Flats ($98), and a woven Chanel Shopping Tote.

For a rebellious, rock-inspired spin, which dominated on the Balmain runway, throw some edgy pieces into the mix- think leather pants, micro minis, punk rock accessories, or metallic leggings, like the style from Sass & Bide ($89)  seen on Whitney Port. You can also go the flirty and femme route by pairing structured, military looks with  floaty, floral, or sequined pieces. The moral of the story: military-inspired pieces will complement any wardrobe no matter what your personal style may be.

Now that we’ve discussed ways to rock this style, lets take a look at some key military-inspired pieces!

Alexander Wang Silky Army Skirt with Front Tie, $385.  Modest enough for work but cool enough for play, this skirt (which also looks amazing with the front fold undone) is destined to be a wardrobe favorite for many years to come.

Forever 21 A-Ten-Hut Military Jacket, $24.80. An awesome alternative to a basic blazer.

Torn by Ronny Kobo Alana Trench, $374. Wear this sleeveless dress over just about any outfit or belt it up and wear it as a chic trench-dress, the endless options make this piece worth the price-tag .

J Brand Houlihan Skinny Cargo Pants, $230 (recently seen on Kate Bosworth). A fashion-forward spin on classic cargos. These will not only go with anything, they are insanely flattering.

Urban Renewal Army Surplus Jacket, $48. The perfect piece for incorporating a fresh military flavor into your every day look.

Nanette Lepore Overboard Dress, $398. Gorgeously tailored, incredibly flattering, and adorned with the perfect touch of unexpected detailing.

DSQUARED2 Polly Pocket Mini Skirt, $559. Soften this tough-as-nails skirt with an ethereal blouse or basic tank for a cool, cutting-edge look.

Free People ‘Benji’s Desert’ Cargo Jacket
, $138; NOW: $91. The pop of neon gives this standby military-style a modern and playful kick.

Kookai Linen Military Playsuit, $110. This fuss-free romper calls for piles of funky and chunky boho accessories.

Sauce Army Vest, $92. Update any outfit, from jeans and a tee to a flirty frock, with this rugged vest.

Gap Roll-Up Bermudas, $39.50. They may show less leg, but for some reason bermudas are just so much sexier than standard short-shorts. Pair these with anything from a wife-beater to a floaty boho top.

TopShop Washed Military Shirt, $55. The military shirt is the new boyfriend shirt- simple, wearable and effortlessly sexy.


Splash image by Meagan Aguayo

Written by Sabrina Alexis

I’m Sabrina Alexis, the co-founder, and co-editor of A New Mode. I love writing relatable, insightful articles that help people understand relationship dynamics and how to get the love they want. I have a degree in psychology and have spent the last 10 years interviewing countless men and reading and studying as much as I can to better understand human psychology and how men operate. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Instagram.

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Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes

I’m sorry I thought I was commenting on the last post! I guess it’s too early in the morning. Do love the military style though. xxSAS

Reply May 16, 2010, 9:26 am

Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes

This is too funny. A great idea – it’s interesting to see how different male opinions are than our own. Good thing we really dress for the ladies anyway! xxSAS

Reply May 16, 2010, 9:25 am

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