Welcome to our military coats site. The military trend has been a key part of the fashion scene in recent years and it is a trend which shows no sign of abating.
Military coats are a great staple for any wardrobe as they can be both low-key weekend wear or used to toughen up a simple outfit to make a fashion statement. The last Autumn/Fall collection saw a commitment from the major fashion houses to military styled coats and jackets for both men and women. Past collections have seen a nod to the Napoleonic era with bold epaulettes and strong bright colours such as red, maroon and blue. However, the recent military theme has been updated so that the key words now are functionality, understatement and neutrality. Khaki is the current key colour on the runway indicating a more 20th century military uniform influence. Coats have strong, structured tailoring with emphasised shoulders and decorative buttons.
Khaki has been a staple colour at most of the major fashion house catwalks, including Burberry and Max Mara. However, Burberry also picked stronger colours such as neon blue and green. This year saw Burberry re-work its key coat styles to include a much more militaristic theme with double breasted coats, large lapels and thick metallic belts. They also updated their traditional fabrics to include suede and leather jackets with sheepskin used for the linings and collars, making the new Burberry Prorsum range heavily influenced by the aviator jackets of the Second World War. However, Burberry kept the masculine military style balanced out by pairing the jackets with floaty, floral dresses ensuring the look was strong but feminine.
Where Burberry have remained true to their brand’s heritage by adapting the military range to fit with their quintessential British style of long coats and smart tailoring, Marc Jacobs have been more adventurous by cropping the coats to create masculine, boxy jackets. Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood both went for a more rebellious approach by creating vintage inspired jackets reminiscent of the Victorian and Georgian periods and wearing them with a punk-like nonchalance; a material two-fingers at the establishment with its ripped union jack fabric and safety pinned army jackets. As well as the strong influence of khaki, grey was another infamous colour on the runway particularly at Max Mara where wide belts and long coats based on the eighties swing-coat were everywhere. Their styles seem to have drawn inspiration more from the Russian armies with their stark tailoring paired with wide, kasatchok pants tucked into leather knee boots. So, khaki and grey were perhaps the most important colours but green, maroon, beige, scarlet and even white made strong appearances. At Dries Van Noten, military coats were washed out so that despite the tough strong style the coloured material gave the impression of femininity.
It is also worth thinking about colours. A more neutral shade may work better for everyday outfits as it will match with more of your clothes, and as already suggested, khaki is the key military colour. However, a pop of colour can invest new life into your wardrobe. Retailers such as Topshop and Miss Selfridge which cater for the younger, perhaps bolder, fashionista have been creating military coats in all sorts of daring colours including purple, bright blue, green, orange, yellow and pillar box red, so if you are feeling adventurous then choose one of these exciting shades.
Another practical consideration is the weight and heaviness you require from a military coat. Recently the fashion for both men and women has been to layer their clothes; dresses combined with layers of thick woolen knits for the girls or for the men shirts combined with jumpers and sweatshirts. This means that a particularly thick coat may not be necessary. Marks and Spencer offer a wide selection of military coats depending on the heaviness that you are looking for. They do a nice range of military coats for men, women and children made out of wool in ther M&S Limited Range Collection. This is a stylish fabric which is both durable and warm, and will be useful for when the weather gets that bit colder. They have a range of lengths and cuts in this fabric, for example they have a double breasted knee length coat for a woman, which is bound to keep you warm during the colder months whilst still capturing the military trend.
For men the Autograph range also provides some excellent woolen styles that are perfect for a casual style at the weekends. The double collar military coats come with external zipped pockets making the coats practical as well as fashionable. However, they also offer lighter military jackets made out of cotton, with a long funnel neck and a breathable lining. These are great if you are searching for something a little lighter, whilst still having an urban edge, to be worn over the top of other jumpers and items of clothing.
With so many styles on offer it is worth also thinking about what you want your jacket to say about you within the budget you have. As a younger person who is perhaps a student or wanting to be fashionable whilst on limited funds then the high street chains such as New Look and Warehouse will have designer influenced pieces at affordable prices. Tesco is surprisingly good at keeping up with the trends yes still offering their clothes at remarkably cheap prices. However, if you are able to spend a little bit more then ASOS is a great retailer for stocking more high level brands such as Ted Baker and Diesel, which offer beautifully made women’s military jackets and men’s military coats as well. Julien Macdonald’s design range for Debenhams is also well worth a look, his bold double breasted long navy military coats being a chic designer option at an affordable high street price. Debenhams also stock designers such as French Connection and Phase Eight, which do more stylish options for the mature, perhaps more professional woman. It is also a great place for men to go as well, for the Jasper Conran and Ben Sherman range both provide stylish and well designed options that compliment the masculine physique, with their strong lines and urban tailoring.
Finally, the military style is one that is particularly great if you like vintage one-of-a-kind pieces. Ebay is a great place to search for real military coats that have been discarded but which can really add something extra special to your wardrobe. It is worth keeping an eye out for long camel military coats, as these can often turn up unexpectedly in charity shops or at flea markets, and these timeless pieces of clothing never go out of fashion, maintaining a unique style and elegance that often conceal the bargain price you managed to purchase it for!
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