The Military look is working its way back into fashion, which is very exciting!
We saw recent Kate wearing a military inspired Alexander McQueen ensemble while touring around Birmingham after the riots and earlier in June to present medals to the Irish Guards in Windsor. While the outfits were met with mixed reviews, I have always been a fan of the military look… you just have to be very careful with it!
With this I mean… one military piece per outfit. You do not need a military inspired skirt paired with a military blouse and jacket. This is over the top and too much! When embracing the military look and style you should always repeat back to yourself “less is more”
Below are different type of military inspired skirts, blouses and jacket.
Military skits can be fun, flirty and very flattering with the right detail. Of all pieces, the skirts usually carry less military detail and can be worn with a variety of tops and shoes.
The RAOUL Wool Wrap Skirt is available online in a variety of sizes for £198.00. With a little bit of flair in the skirt it lens itself towards a fun weekend rather than a more formal gathering.
The Alice by Temperley Military Echo Mini Skirt is a different take on the military style, and I think this one is fabulous. Available online (and on sale!) for £59.98 it is a flattering figure hugging skirt with just enough military flare.
The Untold Military Skirt available through House of Fraser online for £70.00 is another above the knee less formal military skirt. It comes in a yellow (or mustard as the website calls it) which I think is just awful, but the right girl might be able to pull it off. This skirt is a much more low-key military style, great for those who aren’t ready to fully embrace trend.
You can pair all of the above skirts with a delicate white blouse and either some ankle boots, flats or heels and the outfit will look brilliant!
Military inspired blouses have a huge range. You can find some that are over the top with buttons and gold piping, or you can get the low-key ones with strategically places pockets and shoulder details. If you cannot tell already, I am a fan of the low key military details!
The Fendi Military Detail Blouse is the more similar to Kate’s McQueen blouse in terms of style and look (obviously it is the colour that differs). Available online for $436.00 the rose/pinky beige colour if perfect. This top could be worn out with friends shopping during the day, to the office or out for cocktails…it all depends how you wear it with the bottoms.
The Ochre Military Tee is a more casual take on the military style. Available online from Miss Selfridges for £28.00 it is fabulous for casual days out with the girls. With only the small military shoulder detail, it comes in a very nice yellow as well.
The Viyella Military Linen Shirt available online from John Lewis for £79 may just look like a plain white blouse, but with the shorter length sleeve and breast pocket the military look is there. Paired with some denim and flats for a day out, or a black skirt and blazer for the office, this blouse is a classic military look that will never be out of style.
Military Jackets are my favourite!!! I think I could write an entire blog on just military jackets! Very girl should have one, they are a definite wardrobe staple.
Most of the styles available online are fabulous…but by warned…some are very over the top, and while they may look nice and fun when you put them on they can be very overwhelming.
The PLANET Black Military Jacket is available online from House of Fraser for £129.00. This is a classic military style jacket. It has your shoulder detail, wide double breasts buttons down the front and a sharp collar.
The Alberta Ferretti Wool-Blend Cropped Jacket is a different take on the typical military style. Available online for $417.00 it is a great way to dress up an outfit, while still looking classic and chic. Of all the jackets I saw online while researching this post, this one is by far my fave.
The RAG & BONE Grimsby Jacket has the embellished cuffs and very subtle military detail through the jacket. Available online for $520.00 I think it’s an extremely sharp jacket with fabulous detail.