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.
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
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.
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.
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?
T-shirt c/o Marine Layer with own Burberry Brit trench coat, London boyfriend jeans, and Hunter rain boots 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
Army inspired dress with studded pumps, statement belt, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, and structured bag for work (all own)
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) Victoria Victoria Beckham military style LBD with collier de chien belt, and multi-metal kitten heel pumps (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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