When it comes to closet staples, a military jacket is an essential item to own this season. The military uniform heavily influenced many of the most renowned fashion designers for their Spring 2016 runway shows. Gucci, Burberry and Givenchy were just a few of the top tier designers who are showcasing military jackets that were greatly influenced by the Age of Enlightenment, featuring styles from 18th century France and Britain; brass buttons, rope trim and epaulettes are just a few of the similarities seen across the trending military jackets.
Normally, when I think of a military jacket, John Lennon and his M-65 jacket is the first thing that pops up in my mind along with the iconic Saharienne jacket introduced by Yves Saint Laurent in 1960. I now think of military jackets as more ornate and eye-catching. I think of the broad lapels, distinguished bold shoulders, elegant trims and bejeweled jackets as seen in Dolce & Gabbana’s as well as Marc Jacobs’ Spring ’16 collections. The classic military jacket has become a wearable form of art; a modern twist on the past.
There are so many styles, shapes and colors now classified under the category “Military Jackets”. Regardless of your preferred design, a military jacket is the perfect item to wear during this transitional climate. Find the style that suits you best and remember that a salute to the army has never looked so good and will never go out of style. Here are some of my current favorite military inspired pieces: