Mil­i­tary dec­o­ra­tion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - STYLE -

TO iden­tify mil­i­tary style as a trend is hardly ground­break­ing but what is im­por­tant to glean from its re­cur­rence is its lib­er­a­tion from fleet­ing fad to peren­nial sta­ple. From the great­coat and the bomber to epaulettes and com­bat boots, uni­form dress­ing has in­vaded the wardrobe of many a man, so much so that it has be­come a timeless clas­sic. It’s not just re­served for av­er­age Joes ei­ther with de­sign­ers mak­ing a com­pelling case for up­mar­ket mil­i­tary garb sea­son af­ter sea­son, writes The In­de­pen­dent.

This time round there was an air of army in­spired ref­er­ences in sev­eral col­lec­tions and of course, mil­i­tary’s ar­che­typal codes of dry, earthy tones stood their ground mak­ing up the bulk of Astrid An­der­sen and Craig Green’s au­tumn/win­ter of­fer­ings. Bomber jack­ets, parkas and an­kle-skim­ming great­coats hit the front line too but what’s dif­fer­ent about much of the out­er­wear this sea­son is that it seems to have evaded the sar­to­rial style of the army sur­plus store in favour of 18th cen­tury re­galia.

At Dries Van Noten over- thetop em­broi­dery and em­bel- lish­ment of­fered a gilded twist to reg­i­men­tal garb while at Burberry the great­coat took cen­tre stage swathed in golden frog­ging. So too McQueen jumped on board with dou­ble­breasted suit­ing and hus­sar jack­ets with crisp, strong shoul­ders and dec­o­rated with rope trim for a sub­ver­sive take on the mil­i­tary uni­form. With its abil­ity to tran­scend sea­sons this is a trend well worth in­vest­ing in with the prom­ise that any ex­or­bi­tant buys will get more than one air­ing but make sure you opt for a piece that will see you beyond the lat­est style whim. As a rule, when it comes to ev­ery­day mil­i­tary dress­ing it’s best to opt for more func­tion and leave the flounce on the run­way. An easy en­try into the trend is to go green; whether it’s a coat, a chunky knit or a pair of dark-green trousers, this army in­spired colour way lets you buy into it with­out look­ing as though you’ve even tried to make an ef­fort. Oth­er­wise, opt­ing for slightly boxy, res­o­lutely mas­culi n e fits that are teem­ing pock­ets is a smart and taste­ful way to blend util­ity with your own style.

You’ll want to get in step with mil­i­tary-in­spired trends this up­com­ing sea­son.

Alexan­der McQueen Au­tumn/ Win­ter 2016 line puts a fashion spin on the mil­i­tary uni­form.

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