How to look ageless wearing the military trend
Lookbook Store asymmetric fit-and-flat blazer
  1. Adoption of armed forces’ attire is a long time tradition
  2. Best military trends for women over 40
  3. Debatable military trends
  4. Military trends to skip
  5. How to style the military trend
  6. How to wear the Military trend at work

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What is the origin of the military trend

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.

First these clothes were designed for duration and with motion ability and weather in mind. Read, they are comfortable and practical. Second, after the war manufacturer had overstock to get rid off. Consequently, customers could get comfortable, high quality clothing at a bargain. Some bought the clothes also because their heroes wore them, others because they had worn them during the war and found them practical and comfortable or just because they had them.

fashion blogger 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 of soldier clothing that made it into mainstream fashion are the trench coat, the duffel coat, or the pea coat.

midlife blogger 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)

fashion blogger wearing an olive shirt dress

blogger wearing military inspired look
Button-down shirt dress with smoky quartz statement belt, studded slingback heels,Ray Ban sunglasses and structured bag (all own)

Best military trends for women 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
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

Military trends to skip

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.

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? You can find more style tips on wearing utility jackets in the guide at the link.

#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

fashion  blogger over 50 in pencil skirt and safari jacket Pencil skirt with Great Northwest safari jacket, pearls, Madonna Truth or Dare floral pumps and Modalu Pippa bag for an ageless style in army inspired trend (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)

If you liked any of these outfit inspirations, it would help me if you pinned them to your own Pinterest board. It’s a great way that your friends, family, and others can see them too.

How to wear the Military trend at work

The outfit idea below shows how I am wearing a military inspired black dress for work.

little black dress with back zipper for an afternoon nuptial party

LBD for an afternoon wedding

style blogger in black wedding guest attire
Victoria Victoria Beckham military style LBD dress, collier de chien belt, and multi-metal kitten heel pumps (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 so I can help you.

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