Adoption of armed forces’ attire is a long time tradition
It goes back far in history, that clothes worn by the soldiers got adopted in everyday wear. Think of the pants with different colored vertical stripes that you see in the Firenze neighborhood parades. Think of the pumps that originally served Persian soldiers to get good stand in the sand when shooting their arrows. Recently, gladiator sandals have a moment. They go back to the Roman soldiers’ footwear. Combat boots anyone? What about Bunny boots? They were made for combat in cold regions.
Ageless military trends for fashion over 40
Here a list of items that work well for women over 40 and that are timeless:
- Aviator glasses
- Bomber jacket
- Brass buttons on a simple pea coat or jacket
- Navy style blazer
- Knit jackets, cardigans, sweaters or coats in military style
- Sailor pants
- Safari jackets
- Slim tailored cargo pants
Camouflage prints are often discussed as a no-no in fashion over 40. I consider camouflage as a neutral like a leopard print and style my camouflage items in the same way. When buying camouflage clothes, I apply the same criteria as I do for leopard print items. A post about how to wear leopard or animal print over 40 is coming soon.
What doesn’t work
Here is what to my experience doesn’t look ageless.
- Brass embellishment all over the clothes. It looks like a holiday tree. Period.
- Anything you can buy in the junior department. It looks great on your kids, but cheap on anyone over 20.
- Military trend from head to toe unless you are actually in the military and wear your uniform or you participate in the Cologne Rosenmontagszug.
How to style the military trend
The photos in this post give some inspiration how to wear the military trend.
Pro tip: The trend looks the most timeless when you style the items with other work clothes.
Army inspired dress with studded pumps, statement belt, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, and structured bag for work (all own)
Excelled Collection pea-coat with wool beret, gloves, polka dot tights, structured bag and Pour la Victoire lace-up open-toe booties (all own)
Do you have military inspired items in your wardrobe? What did you splurge on? What are your style challenges with this trend? Let me know by email so I can help you.
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Photos: G. Kramm
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