Steal the Look: Military Chic

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I know you’re probably thinking that I’m late on the draw but you’re mistaken. Military chic has made a huge comeback in the past few months and is marching (hah) into fall too. Makes me regret giving away those camo tees I wore back in Grade 9. No, I’m not revealing what year Grade 9 was for me, let’s move on shall we?

All the rave in 2010, military chic is showing up on the runways and in high end department stores and boutiques everywhere. From basic tees to regal fitted coats and buckled stacked booties it is THE look to work this coming fall. I understand when people say, “oh I can never pull off that look,” or “that’s not for me,” without even giving something a chance. I understand only if they’re shaped like a Spongbob Square Pants or have hooves instead of feet and a vestige of a tail. If not, I feel that everyone can work something if styled right or accented the proper way. So, I’m going to offer a couple of suggestions on how to werk the military look this season whether you want to go all out corporal or keep it subtle with accessories and basics.

1. The Runway

If you feel like mimicking outfits straight from the runway with designer duds, or fairly similar and less pricey versions then go all out. Camo, duffle coats, buckles, gold buttons, anything and everything goes. This probably isn’t the best way to style this look because camo alone is pretty busy but if you’re a flamboyant fashionista then – get it girl.

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Prabal Gurung and Balmain are definite go to designers for the more high fashion look.

2. Feminine

This is probably one of my favorite looks EVER. Styling soft pinks and neutrals with stronger pieces like studs and buckles and camo and cargo can really let you ease into a trend without seeming to in-your-face trendy train. Camo jackets and top coats in neutral tones like beige and army green are perfect toppers for babydoll dresses, minis, and fringed sheaths. Finish your look with booties, wedged sneakers, minimalist heels or military inspired peep toes.

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3. Basics

Can you predict what I’m thinking? Keep it simple? Uh yeah. Again, a favorite look of mine for everyday outfits, sticking to the basics with a few key pieces is essential for any look that’s out right now. Especially for camo. Unless you’re on a covert operation or scheduled to walk the runway for Balmain, outiftting yourself like #1 isn’t really necessary. This look is probably the most safe, and most wearable (both of which I don’t fall slave to) but for you gals who are hesitant with trends – this is for you. Think tanks, tees, cargo skinnies, blazers and anoraks…

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Some pieces I’m loving are below, feel free to browse the links to the right. “Just put it in the bag.”

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 1. Leopard Combo Military Jacket by Sea $550

2. Carys Pintuck Trousers by Friends & Associates $295

3. London Belted Trench by Rachel Zoe $695

4. Lace Slip Dress by Haute Hippie $295

5. Wesley Jacket by TEXTILE Elizabeth and James $268

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1. Thelma Wedge Buckle Sneaker by ASH $200

2. Leslie Cotton Twill Army Jacket by JACK BB Dakota $60

3. Military Parka by Capulet $215 (LOVE)

4. Rebel Trench by One Teaspoon $159

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1. Utility Pants by Blank Denim $106

2. Charlie Work Boots by FREEBIRD by Steven $195

3. Ruffled Sweatshirt by Clu $192

4. Leather & Rubber Heeled Booties by Sergio Rossi $995

You can find all items above at both Shopbop and Revolve Clothing. Links are to the right. There’s so many different pieces to play with and incorporate into your own personal style. My mind is being blown as I type.

Wanna share your purchases with me? Find me on instagram @jenniferpamela19

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