IF LAST winter’s military mania was all about soldier chic, this season is more Operation Desert Storm.
Winter’s red, black and brassy embellishments have been upstaged by a new uniform of khakis, sands and tan detailing.
Think military mixed in with utilitarian safari and you’re on the right track.
Military launched an attack on virtually every major catwalk for the spring/summer season, varying wildly from Balmain’s sequinned camouflage mini dresses through to Celine’s understated khaki separates.
The beauty of this trend is its versatility in transforming from practical daytime combat to night-time glamour with a flash of sequins or bejewelled epaulette shoulders.
If your workplace sometimes feels like a war zone, go armed for your 9-5 with military’s new take on tailoring.
This super-smart version of the trend is all about simplicity so avoid embellishments and stick to clean lines, classic silhouettes.
TRY: Betty Jackson; Black at Debenhams khaki shirt dress, £49; Wallis grey military jacket, £65; George zip khaki dress, £14.
Be victorious in your top-to-toe military with some surprise styling twists like modern prints and quirky detailing. Give shorts an army vibe by rolling them up at the hem and tucking in a slouchy neutral vest.
Pockets will inject some military magic into your look but make sure they don’t add bulk to any problem spots like your bust, hips or bottom.
TRY: Warehouse macrame stud vest, £40; George utility zip playsuit, £12; Whistles Piano-print khaki dress, £125 at ASOS.
Give smart and sassy ensembles their marching orders and go for military with a casual spin as seen at Alexander Wang and Aquascutum.
Raid those army surplus stores if you want to work laid-back military and throw on a utility-style oversized khaki jacket – this season’s must-have.
TRY: River Island ripped sage trousers, £36.99; Levi’s army camo jacket, £130 at ASOS; Bronx Toss khaki sandal boots, £54.99 at Schuh.
If you like to stand out from the style troops, military can be converted into disco queen dazzle. Check out khaki pieces scattered with embellishments that you can dress up or down. Go the whole military hog and play down a sequinned dress with a mannish army jacket or tough desert boots.
TRY: New Look embellished military jacket, £65; River Island Revolution shoulder jacket, £54.99; A Wear khaki embellished dress, £40.