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How to Rock the Military Trend


military(Picture Source: |Above Looks: Junya Watanabe, Prada, Vanessa Bruno, Moschino Cheap & Chic)

For the past couple of weeks, my main article posts have been about the latest fashion trends for fall, and from color trends to shoe trends, to what to look for on the racks, I’ve given some examples of what you should look forward to this season.

Now that you know what’s hot for fall, I’m going to show you how to wear the items on my list of fall trends. First on the list? How to rock the military trend! So pull out your trench coats, doc martens, and anything olive green, because I’ve made three easy to throw on outfits for any occasion. Interested? Read on!

How to Wear the Military Trend On Campus

How to wear the military fashion trend on campus

(Pants, Blouse, Shoes, Capelet, Backpack)

On campus outfits should be two things – easy to put together and comfortable. So for my first look, I pulled garments that look sophisticated but are also easy to move around in.

First off, I pulled this great ruffle blouse and paired it with these army-inspired khaki skinny pants (reminiscent of the uber popular J Brand Houlihans!). The fact that these pants are brown and multi-pocketed makes them very military-esque. For chillier days where a light jacket is needed, I pulled this adorable capelet. The olive green color is a must this season, and I love the detailing- toggle clasps are so cool!

For your feet, I picked out a pair of awesome lace panel boots- they come complete with little cutouts in the lace, to show off your feminine side, while still giving off an edgy vibe. Finally, to hold all your belongings, I picked out this classic and functional canvas backpack in camel. It has lots of pockets to give off the “army” vibe while keeping you organized. So whether you’re running to Chem or jetting to Poli-Sci, you’ll look stylish and military chic.

How to Wear the Military Trend for Nights Out

A night out outfit incorporating the military fashion trend

(Jacket, Dress, Boots, Purse)

Military Chic is way easy to pull off for those nights out, so don’t sweat it.

For this look, I started with a fabulous tube dress that combines two big fall trends- the animal print trend, and the military trend. I love the buttons on the bust, and how catty-yet-sophisticated the dress looks. For shoes, I picked out some awesome lace-up booties; they’re professional and flirty at the same time, and that is why I love them.

Since we’re talking about the military trend, I’d be remiss not to mention the army trench coat. Warm, long, and easily layer-able, this baby is the ultimate fall piece, and perhaps the chicest way to wear the army look. Just throw it over that tube dress, grab this cute quilted chain purse I found, and you’ll be golden for that night out.

How to Wear the Military Trend on Lazy Days

How to wear the military fashion trend - outfit idea

(Scarf, Beanie, Watch, Blouse, Boots, Tights)

Ah, the lazy day – easily my favorite occasion to dress for, and the best part is it’s pretty easy to wear the military trend while still being lazy.

To start off, I pulled a long gray tunic tank that falls mid-thigh and a pair of black tights. The combination of a long blouse and black tights is so awesome because it creates a blank slate for you to express your creativity- which means, it’s accessory time!

For accessories, I picked out these way cute brown lace-up booties. With their short heel and rich chocolate color, they instantly transform your look from lazy to luxurious. Next up, I added a black band watch, infinity scarf, and slouchy olive beanie- you don’t have to necessarily wear them all at once, but choosing one or two of the three will keep your look fun and flirty, yet still comfortable and army-chic.


What do you think of the outfits I put together? Did they help you figure out how to rock the military trend? How do you wear the military look? Whatever your thoughts, let me know in the comments!

Posted on on September 27, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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25 Responses to “How to Rock the Military Trend”

  1. 1
    September 27th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Love the outfits you’ve created! Especially the last one!

  2. 2
    September 27th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I love the military jacket over the leopard dress!

  3. 3
    September 27th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    the 1st outfit is gr8 love the caplet

  4. 4
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    The military look is one of my favorites and is super cool because it started in the summer (Jbrand Houlihan cargos, anyone?) and is still so in for fall. Personally, I have an olive cargo vest (lined with faux fur) that I love as well as a totally BA pair of OTK boots that I throw on when I want that look of fatigue-chic. I find that a chunky gold watch usually looks spot-on with this trend!


  5. 5
    September 27th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    wait..are those tights? or leggings?

  6. 6
    September 27th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Aw, I love all these looks…

  7. 7
    September 27th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I like the first outfit a lot. But I’m not a fan of any of the shoes–too clunky! The purse in the second look is too cute. I’m not a fan of the third look though.

  8. 8
    September 27th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    how many more posts are u guys gonna make about the military trend?

  9. 9
    September 27th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Military isn’t my favorite trend, but I love the blouse and capelet from the first look. The jacket with that print dress looks surprisingly nice too.

  10. 10
    September 27th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I really love the second look and the boots in the last look!

  11. 11
    September 27th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    The military trend isn’t really my cup of tea, but I’m definitely a fan of the new color palette that it brings along with it! Olive greens, camels, rich browns, and ivory are all gorgeous colors for the fall!

    As a side note, the second runway look in the banner is Dior, not Prada, and I think that the Dior collection definitely fell more under the “equestrian” trend that is going on right now, not the military one. Although they’re pretty similar, the embellishments/basic silhouettes are different, and the equestrian look is slightly more refined than the military look.

  12. 12
    September 27th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    The military look has definitely grown on me lately and I am loving these looks. The night out and lazy day looks are so cute! Inspiring post to create some great military looks!

  13. 13
    September 27th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Military trend is not my kind of trend, though I do love that leopard print dress…
    I don’t know, this might be one of those trends I’ll fall for unexpectedly.

  14. 14
    September 28th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    the last outfit is great… it inspired me :)

  15. 15
    September 28th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Military look is the one i wanna to wear in this fall :)
    I love the tunic drees with animal printed, olive color cape and gray tank.
    Thease are cool to wear! And i want you to show more college looks but it’s not comfortable.

  16. 16
    October 25th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Tho was a real good inspirational piece For me, loving all the olive greens the caremals and chocolate brownie browns, love it all!!:)

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