Trend Report: Military Madness

Trend Report: Military Madness

Okay ladies, it’s time to assemble and join the fash march towards fall’s most attention grabbing trend. Military inspired pieces have resurfaced for fall 2012 with fresh new styles and silhouettes that will bring out the style solider in all of us. Uniform details, strong shoulders, and warm color palettes encompass this utilitarian aesthetic. Brands such as Elizabeth and James, Jason Wu, Victoria Beckham, and Marc by Marc Jacobs all showcased military inspired pieces in their fall collections helping prove that it is possible to rock this trend without looking like you just strolled off the set of “Saving Private Ryan.” If you find the military craze a tad overwhelming, try a little basic training by opting for army green separates or a pair of skinny jeans with cargo pockets.

Below are two ways to rock your fall military must-haves.

Camo Couture:

Trend Report: Military Madness

Zara Jacket *Sold Out, Altar’d State Dress *Sold Out, LC Lauren Conrad Sunglasses

As someone who grew up in the south I never imagined the day I’d see camouflage pieces strutting down the runway. While it might be a good idea to leave the fatigues to the real American heroes, we still have plenty of less dominating options to choose from. As someone who considers their style to be girly and colorful, the challenge of incorporating camo into my closet has become somewhat addictive. To balance out the masculinity associated with the structured jacket, simply pair your camouflage pieces with a super feminine dress or skirt in a pale color palette.

Trend Report: Military Madness
Military Chic

Trend Report: Military Madness

Zara Military Coat with Gold Buttons ($159), Joie Top – Exclusive Marlo Silk ($218), Kohls Jennifer Lopex Floral Lurex Circle Skirt, Shoe Station Love Delicious MEROZ Taupe Suede ($29.99), Posh Locket FASH Large Bow Ring ($28)

Let’s face it, camouflage probably doesn’t fall into most of your personal aesthetics, so instead of turning your back on the trend completely, try a more polished approach with a tailored military coat, complete with dramatic shoulders and top brass buttons. The much needed break from your go-to trench will add the perfect high fashion kiss to your fall wardrobe. Go with a rich blue to compliment falls must-have hues while offering a subtle step in the military direction.

Trend Report: Military Madness
Edgy Military Ensemble:

Trend Report: Military Madness

TopShop LIGHTWEIGHT HOODED SWING COAT ($130), Posh Locket Ring, Mimi Boutique Graciela Black Satchel ($65), Burberry Women’s Oversized Angular Sunglasses (£179), H&M Blouse (£14.99), LC Lauren Conrad Faux Leather Pants, Posh Locket Cassidy Nouveau Gold Necklace ($45.00)

Girly Military Ensemble:

Trend Report: Military Madness

Wallis BLACK MILITARY COAT ($115.00), Tenover6 Rider Bag With Studs ($595), Posh Locket Ring, Bauble Bar Triple Layer Cup Necklace ($68), Jeffrey Campbell T-Bar Leather Sandals (£120.00), LC Lauren Conrad Dot Mesh Dress

Are you going to enlist in this season’s military movement?

Fash Boulevard

P.S. – Be sure to stop by my blog to see my Spencer Hasting’s from Pretty Little Liar’s inspired ensemble and to see another army inspired outfit of mine check out my Pink Confessions post!

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  • Melissa Panici

    Love this look! I’m really likeing the girly military one. So cute:) Great post Anna!

  • Sarah Heckle

    I’m usually more girly, but I love the edgy look! I hope you’re having a fab time at Fashion Week, Anna! — wearing a dark green, military-esque skirt in today’s post!

  • Deanne Castro

    I love the jackets!

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  • Liesl

    NEED.THAT.COAT! Thanks for sharing, Anna! <3

    Check out my latest post: Blazers for Fall/Winter 2012

    Liesl xxx

  • Amy Breckenridge

    i’m not a fan of camo, but i love the zara military coat you’re wearing! good way to tough up a feminine outfit :)


  • Leslie Arriaza

    OMG The Camo-Dress combo is amazing Anna! Love this look!

    Hope you’re having a blast at fashion week! Can’t wait for all the updates!!

  • Chrissy Myers

    Perfect again, Anna! The best way to mix edgy and girly. Love love love!

  • Lauren Vandenberg

    Just bought a great camo jacket from TOPSHOP @ Nordstroms! OPI makes a great Army green nail polish called – “”nein nein, ok fine””!

  • jmums

    Love the Girly Military Ensemble!

  • Jade Edwards

    wow i love this look, the Edgy Military Ensemble look is very powerful, always seems to edge its way back every few years love it! I have a jacket that style and i have had it for about 5 years, i wont get rid of it as it keeps coming back in! :)

  • HistoryBeauty

    I like the military look when it doesn’t have camo. That formal military inspired coat is very cute.

    Check out my blog and Youtube channel

  • Rachel Trampel

    I LOVE both of these looks and I always think it is so fun to mix masculine and feminine pieces! I love the first look with the camo jacket and dress!!!!! Great post Anna!

  • Kelby Peachey

    I love the ideas of pairing military with classic feminine pieces. Great tip, Anna! Keep them coming. :)


  • Stephanie Waung

    love this military camo trend coming on! can’t wait to incorporate it into outfits!! thanks ana

  • Meghan Conard

    Love the military trend, especially love your coat above!

    Check out my new post


  • Amanda DeWitt

    Love the military jacket!! I know what my next purchase will be :)

  • Amber Welles

    Best post ever. I love all the looks Anna. Stunning and helpful. Welcome back.

  • Sarah Lawson

    OMG These are fab!

    Where are the pin buttons?

    That camo jacket with the girly skirt is amazing. xoxo

  • GraceyCleo

    Love both these oufits. Another beautiful post, girl. I love the background and how you matched it to the army theme. I’ve been scared to try to the whole camo thang, but I may have to reconsider.


  • Christina Graci

    I’ve always loved the military look. Seems to be timeless.

  • Valeria Alvarez

    such great outfits and a nice mix of looks.


    <3 Val

  • Bunhead

    Obsessed with this post Anna. The Zara coat is tres chic. So glad to see you’re posting for LC again

  • Kellie Norton

    Love your post Anna!! Such a cute trend, can’t wait to give it a try!! I hope you had fun at NYFW!!! :-)


  • Shannon H

    Adore these outfits. Chic, edgy, and girly. Your post are always super thought out Anna. I’ve been on edge waiting for the next. Hope you had fun in New York.

  • Emily Del Vaglio

    These looks are great! Don’t know if I could pull it off but you look great in them!

  • Cheyenne Weimer

    Annnnnnna! I’ve missed your weekly post. You look gorg. Just read your fashion week post on your blog. You are too freaking cute.

  • Deanne Castro

    I love the jackets!

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  • Valerie Lynn

    love this post too, Anna! I have a couple new military inspired jackets, and will definitely be pulling them out SOON!



  • brianna winnie

    I love all of these military inspired looks. I especially love how you incorporated one of my favorite colors, mustard yellow. All of these looks are simple yet sheek and flattering. I will for sure try these looks out for the fall. I am so proud of you and you look amazing. Keep up the good work!

  • Paige Romei

    Loveeeeee the edgy military outift

  • Barefoot Duchess

    I love your ZARA jacket on the first outfit, but I cannot find it anywhere!!

  • Varsi Stockwell

    I want these outfits. The tan dress is amaze balls.

  • Rachael Yanta

    LOVE these looks. I love how they look masculine and feminine all at the same time. Can’t wait to join in on this trend.

  • Marianne Jarvis

    Woo! Loving this post. I really love how the military jackets match with the dresses for an edgier look!

    I probably more inclined to go for the military girly ensemble! :)

  • T Girl

    Mouth on keyboard. These pictures look like they were shot for a magazine. Addicted to your trend reports. Looking forward to trying this trend. Thanks, Anna.

  • Martin M

    The military look is such a must-have. Love the female elements turned into a feminine way. The contrast of flowing fabrics with military jackets is a must have of this season!! :) XOXO from New York Fashion Week

  • Christa Hampton

    The military trend is my favorite this season. I could see myself wearing the first two outfits in a heartbeat. You always find the best skirts. Great post, Anna. Glad to see you on Lauren again.


    Loving the military trend right now, it is so on trend for fall! Check out my new posts, I have a few about French fashion and decor and my newest post is a yummy recipe for crepes and what to put in them. Super easy! Check it out at:

    Have an enchanting day,


  • Ally Powell

    Hahahaha. Your Saving Private Ryan joke made me laugh out loud. hehe. So excited for this trend. Beautifully styled dear.

  • debora f

    I love the military coats paired with romantic pieces are so amazing! anna beautiful post! is a great inspiration

  • Rebecca Bakofsky

    I am loving the military look!!! Thanks for the post :) glad you’re back!

  • Kathryn Daniel

    Yeah! Loved the second look- obsessed! Check out my looks-

  • Melissa LaRose

    I have seen the military look all over lately & I have to say, it does intimidate me a little bit. I feel that you could go so wrong so quickly & take it too far but I absolutely LOVE the outfits you have put together here!!! I could see myself in every single one of them :)

    <3 Melissa

  • Sabah Williams

    Hi Anna,

    I LOVE all the coats you have listed here, and they are AFFORDABLE!!!!!!!!!! Even better! :)

  • Katjusha Bricman

    Love that look Anna!!!

    This is my military inspired work outfit:

  • Linh Ly

    love the girly military look!


  • Ellie

    Both the jackets in the photos look so cute! I love Zara :)

  • Rachelle

    I also did the military camo trend this week check it out here:





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