If the word military conjures up pictures of hot, scratchy uniforms and muddy exercises, we urge you to think beyond standard issue kits and the rest. Green is all around us in nature, especially in spring, and military green is warm and earthy. For 2015, all variations of the colour are rocking clothing and footwear, so sweep away any misconceptions, and be prepared to learn.
If armies have a trend, then it must be khaki, so as well as cropped trousers and parkas, permit it to emerge, de-briefed, as a silk blouse, and team it with a sequinned skirt. Top regulation-green cargo pants with a floaty top or a crop, or style them in faux-leather. Throw a tie-dyed crinkle shirt over dark trousers, or pair a khaki shirt dress with black Chelsea boots. Feminise with prowl lace-up shoes in two-shade floral canvas, like a peacenik’s answer to camouflage.
On the other hand, if it’s the military look that you’re aiming for, stand to attention in a double-breasted midi coat with gilt buttons, and look to marching orders on the runways. Balmain crafted leather jackets, while Isabel Marant worked the utility option with wool trousers, and suede ran riot. Keep your Hunter wellies for Kate Moss’s Glastonbury (we did mention military mud above!), but invest now in the brand’s rubber cross-body bag, or prepare for manoeuvres in a wool jumper with elbow and shoulder patches.
Gucci’s uniform jacket sported brown buttons and embellishments, with sleeves ringed by golden cuffs. Match it with a leather skirt for gravitas. Marc Jacobs went for belted dresses and wool-mix outerwear, while Cara Delevingne pulled a green blouse over a white cropped tee and more cargo pants. Diversify by adding a long slouchy white shirt or sweater instead, and finish with over-the-knee boots.
Leap into a military green jumpsuit, or hide inside an olive sheepskin coat. Belt a khaki front-button dress or a cotton jacket, and pair the latter with camouflage denim. Give some depth to an excess of muted colour by accessorising with animal print bags and shoes. Layer different shades, and stretch your target to mustard and tan, the former for tights and scarves, and the latter for bags and boots.
We hope that we’ve given the military green trend its civilian credentials for you now. Start your campaign now, and style it to last through spring – that’s an order!
The featured photo: This military style khaki shirt is worn just right by Christine Andrew. Think I am going to have to get myself one.
Vanja Milicevic is rocking a casual military style here consisting of a simplistic khaki shirt dress and a pair of tan suede heels. This look is affordable and achievable; perfect for everyday wear!
There is nothing which screams military style more than a khaki shirt dress! This belted button up shirt dress just oozes edge and sophistication, and we love Mary Seng’s choice to wear the look with a pair of espadrilles for added summer style.
Dress: Nordstrom, Shoes: Marc Fisher, Bag: Henri Bendel.
For a fantastic and fresh military style, copy Julie Sarinana and wear a pair of bright and colourful sneakers with your look! Grab a bright bag to create further contrast.
Jacket: Anine Bing, Dress: Jenni Kayne, Sneakers: Zara, Belt: Mango.
A long khaki shirt is the ultimate way to get the military trend! Nicoletta Reggio wears this piece over black work trousers, paired with a little leather bag.
Trench: Zara, Trousers: Dolce & Gabbana from Gamsmy.it, Bag: Chloè Faye, Shoes: Givenchy.
We would 100% wear Natalia Cabezas’ military style! Pair a khaki jacket with black ripped jeans and chunky leather bots to get this awesome winter feel.
Parka: Anine Bing, T-shirt/Jeans: Zara, Boots: Mango, Bag: Chanel vintage.
Jessie Bush wears traditional military khaki in this sophisticated outfit consisting of skinny jeans, a black tee, and a classic trench coat. We love the military aspect of this every day look.
Trench: Dress Up, Tee/Jeans: Nobody, Bag: Saint Laurent.
Nothing screams military more than a camouflage coat! Camille Callen rocks this Mango jacket, paired with androgynous style joggers and a pair of classic Adidas Superstars.
Jacket: Mango, Joggers: Forever 21, Top: Zara, Sneakers: Adidas.
Steal Ioana Chisiu’s hot military style by wearing a classic khaki army jacket with leather over the knee boots and a pair of Ray Bans! This look is seasonal, stylish, and individual; we love it!
Coat: Sheinside, Jeans: Glittio, Boots: Michael Kors.
A khaki jumpsuit is the perfect choice for a trendy military style! Janni Deler wears this gorgeous piece with gladiator style heels and a simple leather handbag.
Scarf: Primark, Jumpsuit: Lmso.com, Shoes: Public Desire, Bag: Savas Milano.
Johanna Olsson wears a classic military style khaki jacket worn with black jeans and metallic print sneakers. Try wearing a similar piece with a skirt or dress to switch up the look but keep that military feel.
Shoes: Giuzeppe Zanotti, Jacket: New Look, Top: Balmain, Sunglasses: Olivers People, Bag: Givenchy.
Ashley Robertson wears a khaki army jacket over black leggings; completing the look with a chunky knit scarf.
Jacket/Scarf: J Crew, Leggings: Olympia, Top: Blue Life.
Adriana Gastélum wears khaki shirt dress with cute black belt; classic military style.
Dress: Lulu’s, Sunglasses: Karen Walker.
Ripped camouflage jeans and a khaki shirt – can you get anymore military style than that!? Via Johanna Olsson
Top: Zara. Shoes: Monika Chiang, Jeans: Zara
We love the idea of wearing a long military style shirt over a skirt and tee combo. Via Chriselle Lim
Trench: Storets, Sunnies: Ray Ban, Top: Myne, Skirt: Storets, Shoes: White House Black Market
A casual jacket will complete this black skirt and crop top combo. Via Kat Tanita
Skirt: Aritzia, Top: Marissa Webb, Jacket: Banana Republic, Heels: Brian Atwood
Grab a beanie, a ruffled tank and a pair of military green trousers and you’re good to go. Via Doina Ciobanu
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Ann Taylor is looking fierce in this military green shirt paired with a fringed bag.
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Jeans: Madewell, Shirt: Equipment
Alexandra Pereira showing of the military fashion trend perfectly
Ann Taylor is rocking the military trend in this khaki skinnies and green shirt with silver heels!
Blouse: Equipment, Jeans: Mother, Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Anna Belle Clarenburg is looking wonderful in these camouflage skinny jeans and black off the shoulder top!
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Fiona Edwards is in an edgy army green denim skirt and black lace up heels to complete a military inspired outfit
Skirt: J Brand, Shoes: Manning Cartel
Silvia Garcia is wearing an army style À Bicyclette shirt
Military Look Trend: Natalia Cabezas is wearing a Buylevard khaki green army style jacket
Military Fashion Trend 2015: Nicoletta Reggio is wearing a Zara army green military style coat
Military Fashion: Pam Hetlinger is wearing a khaki green Topshop utility jacket
How To Style The Military Trend: Sendi is wearing a khaki green Ginatricot shirt with distressed Chicy jeans
Evangelie Smyrniotak is wearing khaki green army trousers accessorised with a Louis Vuitton belt
Anna Belle Clarenburg is wearing a camouflage top from River Island, blazer from Zara, jeans from Supertrash and the sneakers are from Converse
Military Style Fashion Trend: Blair Eadie is wearing an army green Stylenanda coat with a khaki leather and grey Derek Lam 10 Crosby dress
The Military Fashion Trend: Julie Sarinana is wearing a Sincerely Jules khaki army jacket
Military Inspired Outfit: J’adore Fashion is wearing a Glow Fashion military jacket with a khaki green shirt
Vanja Milicevic is wearing an army green T-shirt and jacket both from Zara
Military Trend Inspired Outfit: Erica Hoida is wearing an army green NLST jacket
Military Look Trend: Johanna Olsson is wearing a army inspired Ralph Lauren jacket
Lucy Williams is wearing a military style shirt from Forever21
Military Trend 2015: Lisa RVD is wearing a vintage camouflage jacket
Military Fashion Trend: Lovely by Lucy is wearing a beige Asos jacket with a pair of ripped skinny jeans
Military Fashion Trend: Mandy Shadforth is wearing a khaki Balmain jacket with a Josh Goot dress
Vanessa Basanta is showing off the military trend brilliantly with a pair of cargo print Zara pumps and an army green Abrigo coat
Military Fashion Trend 2015: Mary is wearing a khaki green jacket from Target
Military Inspired Outfit: Nicoletta Reggio is wearing a khaki jacket with an army print Valentino bag
Military Trend: Camille Callen is wearing a Pimkie army green trench coat
Fanny Lyckman is wearing vintage camouflage trousers
Military Trend: Celina is wearing an army green Prabal Gurung skirt
Gala Gonzalez is wearing a military inspired outfit. Everything is from Ralph Lauren except for the sneakers which are from Isabel Marant
Military Trend: @nikolepowers is wearing an army print jacket
Leonie Sophie is wearing camouflage trousers from Cinque
Caroline Louis is showing off the military trend brilliantly with a pair of army green Five Jeans, a black leather jacket from Acne and studded Valentino ankle boots
Military Trend: Jessica Lemos is wearing an All Saints parka with a pair of ash grey skinny jeans
Military Fashion Trend Outfit Ideas: Erica Hoida is wearing a pair of khaki Blank NYC trousers with a black leather jacket from Anine Bing
Military Fashion Trend: Kaitlyn Ham is wearing a brown shirt with black skinnys jeans from Witchery and an Asos coat
Silvia Garcia is wearing a coat from American Vintage, and the khaki sweater is from Zara
Annette Haga is wearing a Derek Lam khaki jacket
Military Fashion Trend 2015 Via Collage Vintage
Military Trend: Kayla Seah is wearing a vintage army green jacket
Julie Sarinana is wearing camouflage trousers from J. Crew
Military Trend: Anine Bing is wearing an oversized army jacket from Anine Bing
Military Trend: Paula Echevarria is wearing a military green Dunagaree’s from Zara
Military Trend: Lisa RVD is wearing a khaki army jacket from Anine Bing
Military Fahion Trend: Charlotte Groeneveld is wearing a khaki knit sweater from Zara
Military Trend: Christine Andrew is wearing a camouflage jacket from Club Monaco
Ashley Torres is wearing a camouflage trousers from Zara