How to look ageless wearing the military trend

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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 bulky, white, high insulated Bunny boots? They were made for combat in cold regions.

#over50fashion woman looking ageless in a bomber jacket
VS leather bomber with Loft tropical print skirt, GNW Luxe sweater, Salvatore Ferragamo pumps, Jaeger tote, and DIY belt (all own)

Other examples are the trench coat, the duffel coat, or the pea coat.

#over40fashion midlife woman wearing camouflage pants and a pink biker jacket
London Jeans camouflage cargo pants with GNW Luxe sweater, Newport News leather jacket, Jaeger tote, and Steven pumps (all own)

Ageless military trends for fashion over 40

Here a list of items that work well for women over 40 and that are timeless:

  • Beret
  • 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
#agelessStyle mature woman in sheath dress with safari jacket
Sheath dress c/o Lookbook Store with own Great Northwest suede safari inspired jacket, Salvatore Ferragamo Vara pumps, and Jaeger tote

Debatable military trends

Camouflage prints are often discussed as a no-no to look chic in fashion over 40. I consider camouflage as a neutral like a leopard print. Therefore, I style my camouflage items in the same way as I style leopard or neutral colors. When buying camouflage clothes, I apply the same criteria as I do for leopard print items: Go for the “natural colors.” A post about how to wear leopard or animal prints over 40 is coming soon.

#over50style midlife woman looking chic in camouflage cargo pants
Oliveo linen button-down shirt, London Jeans cargo pants, Steve Madden lace-up sandals, Lookbook Store leather motorcycle jacket, statement belt (all own), and Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source

What doesn’t work

Here is what to my experience doesn’t look ageless when it comes to military inspired clothes.

  • 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.
#styleover40 midlife woman in military inspired shirt dress
Sidney wooden watch c/o Jord with own military inspired dress, Coach bag, Gabriella Rocha sandals, and Ray Ban sunglasses

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.

Here are further posh chic outfit inspirations wearing military items. What’s your favorite look?

#MarineLayer mature woman in striped T-shirt and trench coat T-shirt c/o Marine Layer with own Burberry Brit trench coat, London boyfriend jeans, and Hunter rain boots#midlifefashion woman in sheath dress with safari jacket Sheath dress c/o Lookbook Store with own Great Northwest safari jacket, Steve Madden camouflage pony hair booties and a lilac Coach bag for an ageless military inspired style

#maturefashion woman in military inspired dress Army inspired dress with studded pumps, statement belt, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, and structured bag for work (all own)

#fashionover50 woman in pencil skirt and safari jacket Pencil skirt with Great Northwest safari jacket, pearls, Madonna Truth or Dare floral pumps and Modalo Pippa bag for an ageless style in army inspired trend (all own)#fashionover40 woman in military inspired black dress Victoria Victoria Beckham military style LBD with collier de chien belt, and multi-metal kitten heel pumps (all own)

#styleover50 woman in a winter outfit in navy inspired trend 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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