There are fashion trends that never seem to evaporate, ones that always seem to come back season after season and always feel fresh. Military chic is such a trend and for some odd reason it keeps on influencing. Is it the authoritative look? The allure? The functionality? The comfort? It’s actually all of those things and more.
Modern menswear grew out of military uniforms on many levels, the transition from breeches to pants (18th century to 19th century) is easily observed when looking at military uniforms. Plus, military details translate well in general, as they adapt easily to any style. Let’s not forget that the ladies also like to borrow a few of these hyper-masculine accouterments.
The last Milan and Paris menswear shows peppered their line-ups with more than a few military references and these martial touches were as varied as they will be influential. It’s a matter of time before the women’s collections start adopting some of the looks.
From field camouflage to officers’ regalia, coats are getting the reboot. The looks are a Who’s Who in world military history. Some, like the classic tailored wool types, reference a Napoleonic vibe, a mariner’s peacoat, or a general’s formal get-up.
Today’s superstar, the “puffy” down-filled parka coat, is getting creative as well. Whereas a few designers are tweaking it, others are playing with the look and lining it in fur. Just check-out actual WWI and WWII references and you’ll be surprised to find out that these coats have always been around.
This trend is picking-up steam and some labels are actually repurposing army surplus items and lining them anew with every fashionable type of fur in a range of colors.
With the women’s collections upon us, what types of military references will we see?
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