STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Military Time

I was coming out of a meeting in Dwinelle when I saw this Fashionista. I immediately took notice of how effortleslly cool she looked and that was all thanks to her jacket. One of the trends for fall/winter 2012 that we've seen on the runway is military-inspired jackets.

My favorite thing about military-inspired wear is that there's not just one look that can be created. Some jackets give off an edgier look, while other tops might be more laid back and casual. However, regardless what the style is, these pieces have been tailored to be both flattering and comfortable to wear. 

This BCBGMAXAZRIA jacket is similar to the one that this Fashionista is wearing. The gold buttons are a big indicator of military wear. This cropped jacket would look great with just black denim and boots or over a dress. This vintage military cargo jacket looks unbelievably soft and seems like it would be perfect over leggings. I would definitely wear it to the library for a study date or just while I'm lounging about in my dorm. For a jacket that will give your fall wardrobe a stylish edge over everyone else's, consider investing in a jacket similar to this one from Lucky Brand. This jacket is very versatile in that it can be paired with so many different oufits, from jeans to skirts and dresses while still giving it an edgy feeling. 

The military trend is one that has been seen for a few years, but it is definitely regaining popularity this season as designers, from Prada to Tommy Hilfiger have been featuring these looks in their collections. 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Military Time

There is no better place to spot some seriously fashionable people than at the Brooklyn Flea. I don’t know what it is, maybe the vintage finds or the gourmet grub, but nothing attracts the fashionable gazelles of New York better than a good flea market. Lucky for me, the Brooklyn Flea sets up shop every Sunday right outside my doorstep. This Sunday as I roamed the throngs of cooler-than-thou Brooklynites and stylish Manhattanites, I instantly picked out this Fashionista. She looked ready to kick some butt with her hardcore combat boots, cut-off shorts and military-inspired jacket, but her smile and charm-ing accessories gave away her sweetness. Her style reminded me of the rising star Azealia Banks (who actually went to my high school), a little sweet, a lot sassy and all her own. Just like the hip hop darling, this Fashionista isn’t afraid to be herself, and she lets her clothes reflect it.

To get an outfit that commands attention like this Fashionista, start with a sturdy and androgynous military jacket. Try this similar Boy by Band of Outsiders jacket or this khaki utility jacket from Pixie Market. As a little DIY project, buy some vintage patches and pins like these vintage girl scout patches on Etsy and sew them on to your military style jacket for the same girl scout chic look. Then add a pair of red-hot shorts from Free People, or a pair of distressed and cropped denim shorts like these from Nasty Gal. Add a white tee or vintage band T-shirt like this one from What Comes Around Goes Around and layer a few understated necklaces like these heart-shaped charm necklaces with potty mouth sayings on them from In God We Trust. Pull on a pair of Dr. Martens combat boots and some cool shades and voila! — instant badass summer style that will even impress the hipsters.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Military Time

The military jacket has been a fashion staple for generations, so it comes as no surprise that it has re-emerged once again as a popular choice of outerwear for the fall of 2011. Many notable fashion powerhouses, including Versace, Moschino, and Burberry Porsum sent their interpretations of the iconic jacket down the runway as an integral part of their fall collections. However, despite its success on the runway, sporting a military jacket on campus can be a tricky feat.

It’s important to make the military jacket your own, incorporating it fluidly into your pre-existing personal style. If you match the jacket with other similarly colored and structured pieces, you’ll find yourself walking down Campus Drive in an over-the-top uniform. By countering the tailoring of her navy wool military jacket with a floral, feminine scarf, this Fashionista softens her overall look, making it much more street-friendly. Pairing her jacket with grey leggings also helps give her look a cozy, class-friendly vibe. Best of all, however, are the shoes that this Fashionista accessorizes with. Instead of caving in to the urge to wear Uggs now that it’s finally gotten cold out, she opts for lace-up booties with adorable leather detailing. 

Luckily, the hunt for the perfect military jacket is not a particularly difficult one. Many designers, such as Balmain and Alexander McQueen, have mastered the execution of the military jacket, and their creations are available for purchase on Net-a-Porter. Unfortunately, for the typical college student, Net-a-Porter’s price range is hardly ideal.  To recreate the military look for a more reasonable price, look to jackets by J. Crew, Free People, and Steve Madden. These double-breasted jackets are perfect for adding a little embellishment to an otherwise routine outfit.

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