TREND: Military Details

I was doing my usual vintage store stroll when I ran into this Fashionista with her gal pals. I was instantly drooling over the military details on her dress. During the summer, all I usually spot and wear are flowy, floral frocks, thus, I was instantly inspired by her distinct choice that set her apart from a sea of sundresses. The Fashionista warmed up her gray dress (a Belk sale find) with a breezy hairstyle and crisp white sandals.

When asking her to share what drew her to the military style, she divulged that she loves seeking out military details in clothes, like unique brass buttons, structure and the color palette of greens, navys and grays. She mentioned to me that she is currently seeking out a green military jacket a la Marc Jacobs for an affordable price. Fortunately for her, the green military coat is exploding on the scene this coming fall, seen on runways such as rag & bone and Balmain. Military jackets are not necessarily the warmest, but they are great for layering, adding a cool boyish, structured appeal to feminine outfit or perfectly complementing a more intentionally edgy outfit with skinny leather pants and motorcycle booties. As fall stock begins to pour in, you'll be able to find them anywhere at plenty of stores for reasonable prices.

Jackets aren't the only way you can soldier up your wardrobe. The military style translates easily into a DIY Fashionista's ensembles. Keep an eye out for military inspired buttons at places like Hobby Lobby or Habitat for Humanity. You can simply switch out the buttons on your double breasted pea coat or your printed cardigans for an instant army look. If you're an especially savvy seamstress, you can even make your own general epaulettes and add them to a basic tee or sweater.

Hint: Check out Refinery 29's guide on how to get your military style in line! 

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