You love khaki and camo and all things military. But you don’t want to look like an actual military member. You love the idea of an outfit that combines the colours and elements of military style, but you don’t want to go overboard. So how can you achieve a military look without feeling too much like a sergeant? Follow a couple of simple guidelines.
Add contrast with neutral colours
First, add contrast with neutral colours. Obviously you want to go with various shades of khaki, but offset the military feel with some basic brown. For example, you could start with a shift dress like this khaki dress from Dsquared2, and pair it with some brown boots such as De Blossom’s riding boots. These two pieces give a military feel to your look without overdoing it. Wear the two pieces together for a very basic look, or add additional elements of military style with camouflage accessories. A simple military style handbag will do the trick.
If you want to see a complete look that showcases these pieces, check out this Military Madness set. This set shows you how to combine basic pieces with military elements. The great thing about this ensemble is that you can mix and match the pieces with other items in your closet when you want a non-military style look.
Military doesn’t just mean casual
Second, you can step up your military style a few notches by going with pieces that are less casual. A basic khaki piece is the best starting point, then you just add to the look. You can see in the second Military Madness set how a pair of military style chino shorts from Joseph is combined with a belted military jacket, which is being used as a top. The style of the jacket is more feminine, so the combination of the two pieces creates a military look that is a bit dressier. Adding accessories to the outfit also adds to the chic factor.
A set of bangles, like this bangle set from Free People, keeps the military vibe more subtle, as it counteracts the khaki theme with some textured shimmer and shine. And even though this New Look fedora hat is the perfect military shade of khaki, its style breaks up the military theme when combined with the other items in the set.
Finally, to complete this dressier military look, add a fun pair of camouflage ballet flats and a military coloured handbag. As with the last look, you can also pair these pieces with others in your wardrobe, making them versatile and great for looks that don’t have a military flair.
If you are someone who tends to wear more subtle colours and prefers basic wardrobe staples, then a military style look is a great way for you to express your personal style. You can stay within your fashion comfort zone, but still branch out with fun accessories. With a military look, you can choose to stay casual, or dress up your style.
A military look is perfect for:
- Day trips to local attractions like museums
- A casual lunch date with your significant other
- A day out shopping with your girlfriends
In some cases, you might be able to sport a military look at your place of employment, but if your office has a dress code that prohibits these types of pieces, you can always wear your military outfit when you’re out and about. Or, you can choose a few of the basic pieces that are office appropriate, and go without the rest of the items. This is when mixing and matching comes into play.
Even though military style involves wearing everyday basics, you don’t want to wear a military look too often. That is, you don’t want to wear a complete military outfit. Choosing individual pieces to combine with others is a great way to expand your wardrobe. But save the full military style for days when you want to look more than just your everyday self. The military look isn’t necessarily for “special occasions,” but rather, times when you want to be more stylish than usual without drawing too much attention to yourself.
Some women choose to showcase their military style on holidays or at events that support military efforts. This is a great way to show the troops that you appreciate their sacrifice. Even if they never notice your military look, others might notice, and follow in your footsteps.