How To Wear The Military Trend

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by Juan E. Romero 

The Military Trend Takes Charge

Military influences used to resurface every few years as part of the fashion trends cycle. This has changed in the last few years and now it seems that the military trend is incorporated into almost every collection. Designers such as Belstaff, Balmain, Antonio Marras, DSquared and Armani Collezioni have all embraced this trend recently.

This trend used to be an exclusive menswear staple but has been incorporated into most womenswear collections  in the past decade. Much like the real military, this trend is all-inclusive and an important look for any sportswear brand. In the designer collections, the military trend is usually elevated to include gold embellishments and luxurious fabrications and styling from bygone eras. It can also be interpreted to be country or region specific, and incorporate detailing from specific cultures like Russia or Great Britain. This allows for an added dimension to celebrate that nations military style. 

Pre-Fall 2015: Militant via

Military Trend Details

A key design element that is part of the military trend are camouflage prints. Camouflage prints are an important "color" option in every designer's palette. This means that camouflage prints are so popular that they are no longer considered to be a pattern trend but a staple color to include in the seasonal color direction for the collection.

Key pieces that are part of this look include the military jacket, cargo pants and military-styled shirts. Epaulets, patch pockets, utilitarian detailing and military badges and patches are important details that complete this look. Important colors include black, brown, grey and every shade of olive or fatigue. Recently this look has been updated with bright accent colors like Orange, Red and Neon Yellow.

Kenzo Fall/Winter 2015 Ready-To-Wear Collection (AFP Photo/Francois Guillot)

To see some stylish examples of the military trend for both men and women, check out my Pinterest board, Military Inspiration. There you can see how this key look is being styled and worn by fashion soldiers everywhere. Is the military look part of your wardrobe?

Juan E. Romero is the Owner and Creative Director of 65MCMLXV. He has more than twenty years of Fashion and Design Trend experience. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

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