The army has always influenced fashion. And every autumn, military inspired designs hit the catwalk. This year is no different as everyone from Coach to Alexander McQueen adopted khaki as the colour du jour. Meanwhile, camouflage shed its classic form to be cool once again.
At Dsquared2, Dean and Dan Caten put their signature spin on the military print, showing a shocking neon pink, yellow, purple and green version on swim shorts, blazers and shirts. Even Valentino gave the timeless military motif a modern twist by applying a rich burgundy variant to traditional tailoring and evening wear. But if you want to keep things a little less outré, stick to the usual bomber and army jackets over tailored trousers in olive or moss green.
A timeless summer classic originally created by Ray-Ban for pilots in 1936, these aviator sunglasses take your warm weather ensembles to new heights of cool. From RO95
Stylishly understated and convenient to carry, this camouflage backpack from Zara is the quintessential companion for commuters and cadet wannabes. From RO30.5
In olive-green with a contrasting grosgrain waistband, Alexander McQueen’s trousers are a slick nod to this season’s military trend. The sharp cut and neat detailing keeps the effect marvellously modern. RO242 from Mr Porter
M&S’s fabulous field jacket will add utilitarian urban style to your autumn wardrobe. From RO42
Every man needs a good desert boot and these military inspired ones by Rick Owen top the list. The RO600 price tag may be a bit steep but set on durable Goodyear welter soles, they’ll last for years
How to wear military gear without looking like you’ve signed up for service:
1. Camouflage has infiltrated every part of the wardrobe but wearing it head-to-toe is a no no. Try freshening up your look with a printed accessory instead. So long as you keep the rest of your ensemble simple, you can’t go wrong with a cool camo backpack or sturdy pair of desert boots.
2. A casual top in military colours could easily become your new go-to piece for the remainder of the year. Khaki green can be classified as a neutral and will slot seamlessly into your wardrobe.