AW14 Trend: Modern Military

This autumn/winter, military-inspired looks are the ultimate in off-duty tough luxe. Khaki and black dominates the moody palette, while contemporary zips, studs and panelling are key design features.

Championed by fashion icons such as Carine Roitfeld ( former EIC of Vogue Paris) and Daphne Guinness, and loved by everyone from Jessica Alba to Kate Bosworth, the great thing about this utilitarian trend is its sense of irreverence, functionality, and all that pocket space means you have the option of leaving your handbag at home. Here are three looks for inspiration, no matter your rank:

500-lengthLET’S PLAY ARMY
A traditional parka is classic military cool – not to mention a closet must-have for leisurely autumn days. We love this colour-block version from Warehouse. Army-style boots should be tall and sleek, such as this knee-high pair from Dune. For underneath, a wildlife-print jumper is a nod to the officers who trail in the tropic, while leather-effect leggings from Star by Julien Macdonald (coming soon) complement the cool ensemble. Aviator sunglasses, naturally, such as these blue-mirrored ones from Emporio Armani, complete the look.
500-2SERGEANT LEATHER
What better to offset this bang-on trend, tough-as-nails stud leather jacket from Todd Lynn for EDITION (coming soon) than a front-pleat pink jacquard skirt? A simple black knit  jumper is the perfect backdrop. For a ladylike (ish) take on the trend, pair this ensemble with Miss KG’s high chunky-heeled ankle boots and accessorise with this envelope clutch bag by Dune. The hint of pink is on-tone with the skirt, while the leopard print panel adds another dose of ferocity.
500-3DEFENDER OF STYLE
For a sophisticated military ensemble, we work this look around this red zip jacket and tie-front jumpsuit from Preen for EDITION – both hero pieces from their AW14 collection (coming soon). Lace-up ankle boots from Nine West are the perfect interpretation of modern military, while this black leather shoulder bag‘s lofty size enhances the utilitarian angle. Stone-and-spike stud earrings adds that extra touch of fierce.
For jewellery, remember that gold is your metal when it comes to the military trend, and you shouldn’t shy away from a matching dark manicure. A standout trend for autumn, the modern military trend gives you the adventurous aura of a stylish urban warrior – tread carefully.

(Main image: Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly.)

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