Isn’t it funny how while some things in fashion come and go, certain things never seem to really ever go out of style? I mean, I’m pretty sure that leopard print, while it is inordinately hot at the moment, never really goes “out” of style. And how about florals and plaids? There’s another example. Those prints may have their big moments on the runway or in magazines, but they never really go away. Military tops and jackets are some of those items that I find seem to always, ALWAYS, be around. I think the way people wear them varies from season to season, but let’s be quite honest…I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fashion report that said they were a no-no. Not that I ever really listen to those reports anyway…because if I love it, it’s “in style” in my closet and in my life! End of story!
I always feel a little, how do I say this…poser-y wearing military stuff because, I am a wuss. I complain when I get like, less than nine hours of sleep and when my coffee is not the exact brand I love, so being a part of something as intense as the military is just not the right fit for me. Clearly. So my rules for military inspired wear for myself is that it must look “fake” enough so that no one thanks me for my service or thinks I just went on a shopping spree at the army surplus store. The other trick to pulling off this trend is also to mix it with other styles. When you put an army jacket with, say, a floral maxi dress or boyfriend jeans and a graphic tee, no one will think you just got off active duty. Although, once I did get asked if I was a den mother…but being asked if I’m part of the Girl Scouts, while still quite laughable given my feelings about nature, is a different story altogether!
The bottom line is this: military tops and jackets can add a lot of structure and interest to a normal outfit! They give girly dresses an edge, and frame a tee shirt and jeans quite nicely. Just remember, if someone salutes you as you walk by, you may need to rethink your combo.
This top is vintage, and when I found it on Poshmark, I knew I had to have it. It looks to me like a military commander’s shirt (if you’re gonna wear military, may as well wear something that says you’re in charge right?) and I couldn’t pass it up. And of course, I had to send it to my friend Arwyn (@township31) who at some point, will probably have fringed, embroidered, and painted on my entire closet. Let’s just get real here. She added the gold dipped (her genius idea) leather fringe on the front, thereby taking it from strict military into the blurry realm of…cowboy military? Not sure there’s a category for that, but I’ll just go ahead and start one. I will definitely wear this as a regular button down with my jeans, but for starters I wanted to play with it a little more. I threw it over a green slip dress to kind of pay homage to the army green part of the military trend and then put the short combat boots with it to tie it all together. It’s a little 90’s, a little 80’s, and a little crazy…just how I like it.
If you love military style, I salute you. And if you’re part of the ACTUAL military, I really really salute you. Because the store has been out of my favorite coffee for a month now and I am NOT a happy camper.