Utilitarian-style tops and jackets have been a fashion staple for a while, and celebs have long been sporting the trend in both casual and fancy settings. Nicky Hilton was just spotted over the weekend wearing her fur anorak with all black in NYC. Others like Ali Larter, Rachel Bilson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Drew Barrymore have also added rugged cool to their ensembles via army-green tops. If you need inspiration on how to wear your utilitarian pieces, or if you need one in your mix, step inside for the full scoop.
With the Fall '12 collections fresh in our minds, it's hard not to love the resurgence of structured military-inspired silhouettes, utilitarian-style belts, and a whole new crop of cool olive-green pieces to soup up our wardrobe color palettes. Lucky for us, this "military moment" happens to fit right in with Spring's transitional styling MO. Looks straight from Topshop Unique, Balmain, and McQ Alexander McQueen runways have revamped the way we've been thinking about the army-heavy trend. Here's the deal: forget cargo pants and parachute tops, it's all about classic gold buttons à la Sgt. Pepper, clean lines, zipper detailing, slick leather add-ons, and two-tone paneling. For a military-chic look — that covers all the Spring '12 bases — take styling notes on Victoria Beckham's sleek dress with tough waist-belt cinching, Rachel McAdams's The Row sleek toggle-buckle overcoat, or Rooney Mara's edgy peplum-infused Givenchy jacket. For more military-inspired style inspiration and our editors' need-now picks, just keep clicking.
The military trend gets a softer look in the pre-fall collections with cozy cashmere dresses (Crumpet), cotton corset tops (Elizabeth and James), and draped jersey dresses (Catherine Malandrino) that mix well in spring's utilitarian uniform. Hold on to last season's army jackets and cargo pants and sprinkle in some playful new looks like Prada's pre-fall camouflage jacket.
Along with living my life aquatic, this Spring I'll be a walking, talking army brat. I've always had an affinity for army green — I swear it complements every color. But the Spring runways were attacked by khaki, utilitarianism, belts, leather, bandage, pins, and rugged ruffles. Armed forces? Armed fashion.