Military styling is back! Or so Elle tells me. To be honest I wasn’t really aware that it had ‘gone away’. Wasn’t last A/W seasons obsession with the shearling aviator jacket a military throw back? What about Cheryl Cole’s jacket in the Fight For This Love single? (Just realised the significance… how embarrassing!) Anyway, if there was one thing that kept military styling ‘in’ last season, it was that jacket. So I am rather surprised that Elle is suggesting that it’s back from it’s tour of duty and ready to set up camp firmly in our wardrobes, as it has never left mine.
This was an amazing find, it successfully spans two trends, leather and military, bringing them both together in a very tidy little parcel. Throw this on over some army green cigarette pants and ankle boots and you will be reporting for duty and ready for action in no time.
What I have shown your here is the classic winter over coat, but maximised and militarised, with an RRP equal to the arms budget of Ireland, before the banking crisis. But a post on this blog wouldn’t be a post without me having found a great example of this season’s ‘latest trend’ for a bargain budget price in a charity shop.
*drum roll please*
This Gloverall coat is made in England, with classic British military styling and fantastic quality wool fabric. The tartan style lining is very ‘this season’ too, and you could easily wear this with it a little on the large size, because oversize is the trend to maximise this winter. October’s Vogue devotes a whole article to the oversized coat. I would recommend pulling in the waist with a good quality leather belt, and no one would ever know that you only spent £8 to get this season’s key look.
By the way, Gloverall mid length duffel coats are currently selling at £315 on the Stuart’s of London website.
This naval inspired jacket would have to be very carefully styled, you wouldn’t want to look like something out of an officer and a gentleman. I’d recommend a short skirt to keep this feminine, preferably in a dark colour and a non fussy fabric. A leather mini would probably do the trick, perhaps with a slouchy grey T underneath. The contrast of smart naval inspired detailing with fabrics like punky leather and slouchy loose fit tops would keep this jacket under control.