Channel your adventurous side this summer with a measured mix of utilitarian staples and feminine shapes.
The military jacket is still going strong this season and current iterations run the gamut from classic camels and camo at Versace and Saint Laurent, to short sleeve bombers at Givenchy, dip-dyed and ornately beaded at Valentino, as well as distressed and oversized at Alexander Wang. We see it as being a fundamental and versatile component of any wardrobe. But, we should also mention that a field jacket looks best when paired with skirts and dresses so it can work as a neutral to offset more directional pieces. Having first come to fore in the 1960s when John Lennon wore an Alpha Industries M-65 and Yves Saint Laurent introduced his iconic Saharienne, the military jacket became a symbol of the counterculture dissenters of the 1970s before making cinematic cameos in Rambo, Taxi Driver, and Annie Hall, among others. Nowadays, designer versions – spotted on every celebrity from Kim to Gigi, Rosie and Miranda – aren’t exactly army surplus but they’re still pretty tough. Balancing that edge with softer pieces is what it’s all about, especially this summer. “A military jacket, black leather boots and studded fringe mini skirt give a tough fashion edge to the classic striped tank,” says Holly Russell, the Senior Buyer at Net-a-porter, who reveals how biker jackets also function in a similar way. “At this time of year, I don’t leave the house without my leather motojacket. I layer it over pretty dresses as well as t-shirts and jeans – it’s the easiest way to combine tough with feminine.”