By Aisling Kennedy
The military jacket is set for a major comeback this season. Okay, so slightly disappointing for all of us die-hard leather lovers (keep your leather jacket, it’ll always be in style) but it’s definitely time for a change.
The “Flak” jacket is undeniably about to have its ‘must-have’ moment, so how about opting for a jacket with a militaristic influence? Think brass buttons, khaki colours, beiges, creams, navy and compliment with a belted waist for a sexily cinched silhouette.
Where to buy a military jacket
The Spring/Summer 2010 catwalks were thronging with army influences. Seen prominently in the collections of Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Balmain, Burberry Prosum and Aquilano Rimondi (pictured far left) all of whom featured a variation of the flak jacket in their ready-to-wear designs.
However, great alternatives can be found on the high-street, reliable fashion haunts H&M, Topshop, Oasis, and French Connection all have some form of military influenced jacket, ranging from cool denims to classic cuts with a girly twist.
An eighteenth-centuryesque military style jacket in light denim is available from H&M (€29.99) as part of their SS2010 collection. It is fitted and of a classic cut, the denim material gives it an added twist and the gold embroidered detail on the breast of the jacket is beautiful.
For a more casual take on the trend head to Topshop, where you might just find a stud army parka jacket in sage (a light beige colour).
Oasis are retailing their military style fitted jacket (€56.00) in a dark navy, a feminine touch is added with puffed ruffled material at shoulders.
The ‘Tempest’ military jacket from French Connection in ‘utility blue’ with a Mandarin style collar would be perfect for day-wear and is that little bit fancier so it would be perfect for a glam night out.
What to wear with a military jacket
The key to really pulling of this trend is to mix it up a bit. Although classic cuts are always ageless and fantastic, try experimenting. This is a good solution to avoid becoming fatigued with this trend. The advice… Dress it up!
Source more of an unusual style or cut. 2010 is all about experimentation, so be daring in your choices.
If you do choose a more basic style, rock what could be a “plain-Jane” jacket with a cool tee from Topshop, leggings and compliment with laced ‘boot-camp’ boots (River Island have the best selection at the moment all of which are quite reasonably priced).
Or how about wearing the flak jacket over some flirty floral prints? You can’t walk into a shop without spotting some flower prints which are ubiquitous this season. Believe me, give it three weeks and everyone will be sporting some form of floral design, and combined with the jacket it would look amazing!
Sometimes floral prints alone can be too overwhelmingly feminine, so the military style jacket will give your look an edgier feel to it.
All that’s left to do now is too march in style this Spring with a military inspired jacket. Cropped or waist-length. Prepare for bulletproof style in seconds.
Aisling Kennedy is a fashion freelancer for WhatSheWears.ie. She’s also a Stylestruck fashion lover with a Mad Hatter-esque love of hats and headpieces.
Image credits (from left): Aquilano Rimondi, French Connection, Topshop.Tweet