Besides the fact that military tailoring is completely flattering and brass buttons make navy and white pop, what brings the military trend into the spotlight again?
At least to some extent, the music industry (most recently Coldplay) has influenced the popularity of the military look. After releasing Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends in 2008, Coldplay premiered a series of music videos that revealed the revolutionary inspiration for the album. Sporting hip military jackets, waistcoats, and hats, the foursome conveyed their references to revolution beyond the album’s cover art (Delacroix’s painting, Liberty Leading the People) and through to wardrobe.
Almost undoubtedly as a result of Coldplay's very cool attire, fashion faces following the music scene began including military pieces more often in their wardrobes, which influenced street style. Since street style has a worldwide audience with sites like Lookbook, Chictopia, and the Sartorialist, it is not surprising that word traveled quickly about the trend. So it is exciting, but it also makes sense that the military look found prominence on the catwalks for spring.
Recognizable in double-breasted buttons, embellished epaulettes, braided or embroidered detailing, and structured tailoring, military pieces (legitimate or inspired) are everywhere right now. As a rule for this spring, having a military jacket is pretty much required. With numerous designs in a wide variety of materials, stores like Forever 21 are filled to brim with jacket options for your choosing. Dresses, vests, and blouses are also seeing hints of the military look. Throw on some vintage combat boots to complete your military look, and you are ready to go!
Looking like a soldier has never been more chic!
1) Colorblock Military Dress – $29 – Arden B; 2) Plaid Sgt. Pepper Jacket – $27.80 – Forever 21; 3) Leather Military Jacket – $229.99 – Urban Outfitters; 4) Black Jacket with Epaulettes – $110 – TOPSHOP; 5) Commodore Skirt – $57.99 – Mod Cloth; 6) Military Dress – $21.50 – Wet Seal; 7) Denim Military Jacket with Epaulettes – $495 – Singer22; 8) Ankle Combat Boots – $75 – James Rowland Shop; 9) Soldier Top – $297 – Farfetch
By Sarah Corley
P.S. Become inspired by Coldplay's fabulous album Viva La Vida all over again in videos!