Trendy Troopers — We’re in the Army Now
By: Sharon Mosley
Get in step with one of fall fashion’s hottest trends this year, and salute military madness. That’s right, it’s time to march to the beat of camouflage gear, fatigues, cargo pants and uniform jackets — all put together for trendy troopers who love to mix some tough love into their wardrobes.
Here’s the lineup of stylish military-inspired fashion items that will round out the regimented look of the new fall uniform:
— The military jacket. This topper will give you instant authority this fall. Of course, it’s an authentic winner in drab olive green, but any color will do just fine. In leather, it has the ultimate cool factor. Pair this rugged look with floral feminine tops and slim jeans.
— The anorak. Another more casual utilitarian jacket, the anorak is a favorite again this fall in longer lengths and even camouflage prints. Add a fur collar, and you’ll be a chic paratrooper. One tip: Pair this blousey jacket with slim pants.
— The structured overcoat. The details are key here: go for double-breasted belted versions with oversized lapels and brass buttons for a commanding presence. In gray or camel wool, this is a coat you will wear with everything.
— The trenchcoat. A military-inspired classic, this coat is still going strong. It’s a lightweight change from heavier coats and makes a great “all-weather” coat. It’s tres chic when thrown over a cocktail dress at night.
— The military pants. Cargo-style pants have been around for some time, but this year, they are styled to give their wearers plenty of room at the top tapering down to the ankle. The cropped styles are great to wear all year long but look even better this fall when teamed with ankle boots and tights.
— The camouflage handbag. Add this one accessory, and you’ll have your fall fashion tour of duty covered. Only one camo-printed tote issued per soldier, please. Skip the camo boots.
— The marching boots. You know the look: rough and rugged with plenty of straps to add some extra panache. Whether you go for the high-heel ankle boots or the flat knee-high styles, these serious boots will anchor your whole wardrobe this fall.
— The military timepiece. Big and bold, the latest watches that are joining the fashion ranks rate a serious message with stainless steel, leather and rubber straps telling the story.
— The shirtdress. Salute the dress. It can be the backbone of your fall wardrobe. In a military neutral — khaki, olive or black — the shirtdress can be one of the most versatile things you own. Dress it up by wearing it belted over tights with heels, or make it more casual by unbuttoning the front and wearing it layered over sweaters and jeans or leggings. This tailored dress can easily shift from work to cocktails with a change in accessories.
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association. To find out more about Sharon Mosley and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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