STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: March into a Military Jacket

The military jacket made its debut on the cover of The Beatles' 1967 album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band." The look was made even more popular by Michael Jackson throughout the '80s. After the King of Pop’s sudden death, the trend surged—a stylish homage to a legendary Fashionisto. We saw the military trend appear throughout Balmain’s collections, and on the backs of celebs like Mischa Barton, Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé. This spring, channel your inner soldier and forgo your go-to blazer and denim jacket for this trendy military look.

I saw this Fashionista, Maeve O'Grady, walking along Broadway on a particularly sunny day looking relaxed and cool in her double-breasted military-inspired jacket. The lightweight knit material is a cross between a blazer and a jacket—it’s perfect for March weather in the city. This boyish look gets a feminine update with stylish details like gold buttons and military epaulettes. The buttons add flourish to the jacket and embellish the trim—they allow this Fashionista to show her military might in a chic way. A word of advice: follow her lead and stick to a clean design that isn’t too costumey; it won’t go out of style.

The jacket looks fresh and fitted over this Fashionista's curve-hugging tank, and the stripes give a classic and essential look that is feminine and flirty. She chose to pair her jacket with skinny jeans, which offer a tight, slimming contrast to the broad structure of the jacket. The military jacket is great when worn with jeans, but feel free to mix it up and throw it over skirts, shorts or dresses. Her ankle-grazing jeans and high black socks draw attention to her classic brown oxford shoes (another trend borrowed from the boys!) These sophisticated shoes soften her look and make it more polished. Her bright green crossbody bag has an eyecatching color that is perfect for spring.

This Fashionista’s ensemble deserves a salute. Clean-cut fitted jackets transform the military trend into a refined look that can be worn day or night. This season, thrill the troops and toughen up your look with one of these statement jackets. Start a revolution!

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