I’ve always had a weak spot for Military inspired fashion. I’m magnetically drawn to the embroidery, the fabric, the brass buttons, the rich colours and of course, the stripe details.
I believe Military inspired fashion is timeless. It’s one of those influences that will always be contemporary. The military jacket along with biker jackets, denim jackets and a tuxedo, will always manage to be in my wardrobe.
Who works the Military jacket best? It can only be the one and only French Vogue editor, Emmanuel Alt. Stunning jackets worn by this fabulous woman. One day when I grow up I’d like to be like her!
This summer we took the kiddliwinks on a day trip to Fort Henry, a restored British fort in Kingston, Ontario. It has recreated the British Military tradition of a bygone era where the guard members dress in the standard line infantry uniforms of the Royal Artillery of 1867. The boys absolutely loved it. My youngest loves anything to do with a battlefield or a gun (wtf??) whilst the oldest is a bit of a history buff. As they disappeared with Dad to marvel at the antique weapons used in battle, I trotted off to the vintage uniform display room. Lordy, it was magnificent.
The wish list jacket
Amongst the elite designers of premium fashion Military jackets would be Balmain. Looking forward to the forthcoming November H&M collaboration. But in the meantime I spotted this beauty in the Porter Fall ’15 magazine. Gorgeous jacket if I didn’t have any mortgage repayments to budget for!
The High Street jackets
I was very excited to peek at the Mango Fall/Winter ’15 campaign recently. Mango has gone to town on the Military jacket this season. Their beautiful campaign fronted with Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss leaves the pulse quickening and the credit card trembling! I absolutely love the navy buttoned jacket (below) and the black shorter double-breasted jacket (above). Wondering what the sizing and quality are like for Mango jackets this season? I don’t have a Mango store near me and so would have to be ordering it in. I have a particular soft spot for the navy buttoned jacket and the black jacket with that magnificent red trim. That being said, the green – the beauty. How many green army jackets can fit into a capsule wardrobe? Any shoppers influencing comments on the jackets would be appreciated!!
The Military jacket fits in nicely to the capsule wardrobe because:
- it can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with Stan Smiths
- it can skip to work, the park, a trip to the shops, the pub or restaurant
- a man for all seasons, it ticks the box for spring, summer, fall and winter. It is just as happy with a light floaty floral maxi dress as it is with a knit and skinny jeans.
- Emmanuel Alt approves. Done and dusted!
- in my book, I claim it to be a contemporary classic. You’ll have it for years
- at the drop of a hat, you can impersonate Adam and the Ants “Prince Charming”!!
My military jacket
I adore my Bolongaro Trevor grey wool military blazer. Bolongaro Trevor are the husband and wife duo (Kait Bolongaro & Stuart Trevor) who were the founders and former designers of the beloved All Saints label. The quality and cut of this jacket is amazing. This jacket apparently was influenced by a vintage French army uniform. Emmanuel Alt would definitely be leading that army!! Love a bit of grey, love a bit of military, love a good jacket. Done!!
The Shopping Radar bells are ringing
What is the hot Military inspired item at the moment that will be scribbled onto many shopping lists? It’s the Boden Brigadier skirt from the Boden icons special edition range, Autumn 2015
Just look at this stunner! I have recently spotted and drooled over this beauty on the Instagram and blogging pages that I follow. Pandora Sykes of the Sunday Times style magazine looks incredible in it. It was worn with pride at London Fashion week by blogger Thank Fifi and Melanie Rickey of Fashion editor at large. It looks stunning. Such a statement piece in its own right. It’s not available yet. But Boden are whispering that the Icons range to be released next week. Keep your eye on their website. I cannot think of any ‘cons’ for this skirt, just a great big bucketful of ‘pros’. Heavenly.
P.s all those gorgeous glamorous photos above are courtesy of Mango, Instagram or Pinterest. The dodgy and blurry ones of a crazy woman who needs to learn how to stand and pose better…….they’re mine!