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Fashion FAQ: How to Wear Military Jackets

Many women have been uber-curious in the past 2 years about this military fashion trend phenomenon. It does make sense; since from season to season, the military fashion trend has yet to go away. The only thing about the military phenomenon that has been changing is the style of military looks. They range from very rigid, safari to feminine.

One thing is for certain. Women have MANY questions regarding the military trend. Such common questions are "How do I wear it in a normal-day setting?", "Where could I buy military trends at affordable prices?", "How do I make it less masculine?" Today we will be tackling all of these and more common concerns about all things fashion and military.

By the end, consider yourself a military style expert! And, enlighten all your fashion-challenged friends!


How to make the military trend a look for everyday

FAQ 1: How do I make the military trend work for my every-day looks?

The biggest trick with overly-fashionable trends is moderation. Use moderation with the military trend as well. The more casual or formal-appropriate your look needs to be, the more you should "tone-down" on the extreme militare-look. It's best to match more classic, neutral pieces with the military look. Think plain camel sweater with ultra-skinny military buttoned pants!

Quick Tips:

*Try to be reasonable with the patterns and buttons to reduce the gaudiness the military trend tends to carry.

*For beginners, work with smaller military trends. Such as, a bag or accessory.

*If you've got more than 2 military pieces on, go conservative on the colors and accessories you wear.

Military Style on the Streets


The Easiest Way to Wear Military

FAQ 2: What is the easiest way to get started on the military trends?

In my opinion, the easiest way to get started, is a military jacket. It provides a super flexible and simple way to pull a military look together. How simple is a t-shirt, jeans, boots and throwing on the gorgeous military jacket. It honestly takes very little effort but makes you look like a million bucks!

Quick Tips:

*Make the jacket stand out by pairing it with neutrals.

*Give a little pop of color in your accessories.

*Flow with your jacket style. What I mean is, if your military jacket is a deep navy with gold buttons, go with some black skinnies. If your jacket is more trench like and green, go with jeans or khakis.


Adding Color to Military Styles

FAQ 3: Military Seems so dark, how do I add color?

Color can be tricky with bold fashion statements like the military style. There are two easy peasy ways to add color seamlessly.

Option 1 - Add color by wearing the military trend itself in color. There's nothing wrong with wearing a red or pink military jacket instead of the requisite blue and black. It'll add a pop of color to your outfit and make you look uber-stylin.

Option 2 - Wear color with your militaire pieces. If you're wearing a dark-wash military jacket, it's okay to be adventurous and wear red jeans, or glitter stacked heels. Add color in moderation. Remember, one bright color at a time!

Colored Military Styles


Military Femme

FAQ 4: Military Trends seem so masculine, how do I make my look more feminine?

Making the military trend feminine is actually a very easy thing. It's best to change other items instead of trying to find a very girl military jacket or pants. Try a white ruffle and lace blouse under a military jacket. Or, match very girly accessories to break up the rigid look. You can also find military items with a bit of femininity built inside. Think, flowers and military! (below)


Cheap Military Looks

FAQ 5: The military look appears very grand and expensive, where can I get the look for less?

There are plenty of mall stores or even online stores that will have the exact look for less. Yes, it's not a hand-sewn, swarovski crystalled $10,000 Balmain jacket, but it'll have the same effect and you'll still look gorgeous.


Military Trend Accessories

FAQ 6: I just want a few accessory pieces, what styles am I looking for?

Accessories are a great way to get into the military trend without investing everything. Look for detail embroidery on shoes, bags and jewelry. Try a glamourized Gucci dog tag! Think green, khaki, leather and navy.

Check out some examples below!

Militaire Accessories



Anonymous on March 24, 2012:

I was doing it before it was cool.

try police dress uniform jackets.

Yena Williams (author) from California on October 19, 2010:

katiem: I'm also very obsessed with this trend.

I'm looking into more colored military jackets right now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Katie McMurray from Ohio on October 18, 2010:

OMG what fantastic Military jacket fashions! I want one of each! Thanks for the fab How to Wear Military Jackets guide. I'm a big fan of this hot new fashion trend the military jackets are wonderful. Peace :)

Yena Williams (author) from California on September 22, 2010:

I know. I'm a huge fan! There are so many great looks for this fall, it impossible to know where to start!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on September 22, 2010:

Great guide! The pictures are most helpful, and your tips are great. Military jackets are so fun and can be played with so many angles- from practical to theatrical. I hope we'll see more out on the streets soon!

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