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If you aren't sure how you should wear a military-inspired jacket, just do a quick search on Alexa Chung in military jacket. Taking for granted that Ms. Chung will probably do any outfit well (she is the darling of the fashion world for a reason), she wears military jackets with added panache.
How does something that is traditionally associated with and worn by the armed forces of the country become a fashion must-have? It is a question that has no answers other than the fact that style has no boundaries where inspiration is concerned. A color, a cut, a person, anything and anyone can be a muse. So, when style mavens across the country start hankering after military-inspired clothing, and wear it with style, you know it is time to write a how-to-wear guide for those who though stylistically inclined, need a little bit more of an inspiration to rock the trend.
For all those women out there who think the slightly tom-boyish, military jacket will seem out of place in your wardrobe, here are 6 ideas that will change your mind and have you rushing to find your new favorite piece of attire.
Wear it with trousers
This is probably the go-to option for most people. But instead of wearing your jacket with a pair of cuffed pants, a T-shirt, and high heels, opt to wear a pair of satin jodhpurs, a slinky top in a similar fabric, and a pair of military-style, tie-up ankle booties. Wear multiple chains and necklaces in different lengths for an added edge.
Wear it with denims
Now, this is a more casual look as compared to the earlier outfit. Wear a looser version of a military jacket with a full-sleeved, loose blouse that is semi-tucked into a pair of ripped jeans. Wear this with a pair of heeled oxfords. To make the entire look a little less boxy and boyish, tie a belt over the jacket to cinch it at the waist. Remember to leave the jacket open.
Wear it with a pencil skirt
Did you ever think that the army-influenced jacket could be worn to work? Well, if you do it correctly you can. Wear your skirt with a turtleneck, and pull the look together with a military jacket which is buttoned up. Class up the look with a pair of pumps in a matching hue and a simple clutch in the same color.
Wear it with a full skirt
The full skirt is all the rage this season and if you want to wear both trends together, then this is the look you want to ape. Wear a full, printed skirt in a bright color with a matching top and heels. Wear your jacket on top, but leave it unbuttoned for a casual look. Accessorize with studs and a punk watch.
Wear it with a dress
A military jacket with a dress you said? Yes, you heard that right. It's that path-breaking blend of rugged, yet elegant, and it's a look that marries tomboy with girlie. Just remember that this is a look that needs some attitude, and a pair of boots and accessories to match. Just wear a loose jacket to enhance the I-don't-care-what-the-world-thinks look.
Wear it with sequins
Take your latest acquisition partying. It makes for the perfect eye candy. A pair of high-waisted shorts, a sequined top, a pair of matching, sky-high heels, and you're set to paint the town a shade of red (or olive green in this case). Opt for a fitted jacket for a more diva-esque look when you're out partying at night.
Making the army-inspired jacket ladylike is not an easy thing to do, and wearing the same without it seeming like you are dowdy is quite the challenge. Experiment a little, and you are sure to get it right.