Military looks are back in a big way this season, with everyone from Kim K to Kanye sporting khaki green, camo prints, and army pants and jackets on the streets of New York and Los Angeles. Military looks have also been seen at the Big Four Fashion shows (London, Paris, Milan, New York) this year. From Philipp Plein to Yohanix, top designers are gracing their models in cool army gear – and the trend applies both to ensembles and accessories. If you are all stocked up on army greens and you’d like to give your look an extra edge, stock up on these cool accessories and ‘kill it’ while making your way through the streets of your favorite city.
Military Style Bags and Backpacks
Gucci, Prada, and Moschino are all into backpacks this season, as they have been for at least a year. Choose yours in military-inspired hues like green or black, or channel your inner Rambo in a camo-printed mini backpack or bag. Don’t be afraid to layer your backpack with your daily briefcase or men’s bag either. Play around with sizes and materials, avoiding excessively matching items and pairing materials like soft-as-silk pebbled black leather with a backpack or bag in camo fabric.
Military watches not only look rugged and sporty but also fulfil many functions that outdoor lads will make the most of. Military watches have special features for outdoors junkies like a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, etc. Most are also shock- and water-resistant, meaning they will work as well under rough conditions as they will on a casual day in the city. Exploring specific watch reviews and those on similar watch review and appraisal sites, you’ll soon learn that there are many different styles of military watch. Some watches contain all these tech features but don’t really look any different from a typical sports watch. Therefore, if your choice of watch is fashion based as well as tech-based, opt for a watch in khaki green and orange, or one with a camouflage-printed frame or strap.
Camo Inspired Jewellery
If you check out Gucci and other top fashion jewellery brands, you will see that army tags are as ‘in’ as ever. The key to pulling this look off this season is to layer it up. Tags look gorgeous with animal pendants and chains. Make sure the chain lengths are different so that the engraving or shape of each pendant can easily be discerned and appreciated.
Summer Boots are In
It may be summer but who said you can’t wear boots? Nike, SFSY, and Palladium all have rugged military-inspired summer boots that will certainly come in handy if you are abroad sightseeing or trekking. From simple urban ankle-length boots right through to rugged waterproof boots, go for a military-inspired hue that will look just as good on the mountainside as it will on your next shopping expedition downtown.
When Small Accessories Make a Big Statement
Even if your work requires you to wear an elegant suit every day, and weekends are all about pulling out your new Armani suit, you can still sport the military style through your choice of accessories. From Polo Ralph Lauren’s Camo Skull-Print Card Case to Virgil Abloh’s camouflage-print leather wallet, there are many small but high-end items that can add a little artistry to your everyday life. Look out for military touches in belts, cuff bracelets, and ceramic frame sunglasses.
There are so many ways you can bring the rugged glamour of military fashion into your everyday life. From something as subtle as a khaki silk pocket square to rugged military boots with slim fit pants tucked in, you can mark yourself as a lover of casual fashion in your own personal way. Even a tiny accessory tucked into your pocket can give you a lift at unexpected times of the day. There is no limit to the ways you can mix military styles into your look. Start out with an extra-large army jacket and work your way up to the fine details, including bar and tag style necklaces, layered up with any other pieces you already have.