💁♀️HOLA Peeps ‼
ℹI’m back with another blog post. This time its a 💅 Fashion blog post and the topic under my scanner is “Military Fashion” ‼
Call it ‘Khaki’, ‘Olive’, ‘Camouflage’ or ‘Military’, Its one timeless trend that’s here to stay.!
ℹ have never been one to follow the dictats of fashion trends or to bind fashion into yearly ,seasonal changing themes or to follow the herd. I have always listened to what my heart and instincts wanted me to buy, design or create and to wear anything that my heart takes fancy to, at any given occasion in my life. Never have I felt conscious or uncomfortable to go in complete opposite to trending tastes of the season!
🔷However, Even I could not deny or ignore the influence and impact of “Military Fashion” on the Fashion scene ! Nationally and worldwide‼
⭕live Fashion has been in vogue as long as 1960’s or so. Whether its the camouflage prints, tough parkas, pea coats, trench coats, or the ceremonial dresses, dinner jackets swagger with brass buttons, pockets on chest and hips and stripes, leather trimmings plus embellishments and metallic buckles and tan belts; nautical wide legged trousers, The Cartier Tank Watches; The Welligton Boots; The neck scarves or Cravate; dungarees or plain powerful, summer cool, robust khaki’s; Militaria influence is unmistakable and everywhere around the globe; from raw, rugged street styles; thrift-stores to luxury fashion houses of paris; or runway’s of the world! Its presence cannot be ignored.
From celebrated designers worldwide like Yves Saint Lauren, Givenchy, Balmian etc and fashion scene closer home, everyone’s clothing line atleast once created something military-inspired and the process would be, and still is, cyclical.
🅾live fashion has invaded and carved a niche in the fashion world, It began influencing the fashion scene with hippie style cargo pants and army jackets and then came the parkas and over sized military coats, igniting a trend that added an air of power, intellect and sophistication‼
Not only clothing but even, accessories, like eye wear, watches, belts & bags and boots took to military inspiration. Who can forget TomFord’s Aviator Sunglasses, or super cool “Italian World War II Naval Submarine Watch “, a trademark “Belt Forces” fashion, almost a tradition followed till date❗
🅰lso, Louis Vuitton handbags and luggage cases have unmistakable military camouflage, army green or cargo inspiration.
Ⓜilitary fashion due to its earthy, palette of olive greens, grey’s, dark navy blue’s, burnished neutrals and khaki, beiges, browns and rugged, comfortable fabrics, clean cuts is a very utilitarian fashion, perfect for autumn classics but now rules almost every season. But thereal factor that highlights the military style is its practical side; more pockets, baagy style, rugged, comfy fabric, clean cuts and shapes for everyone, layering, neutral tones to match most silhouettes.
For quite some time this power packed trend remained in a very masculine zone and feminine side never much experimented with it. But from around 2008, we witness a massive wave and experimentation in this arena. Also, Militaria not only remained casual, streetstyle but entered the formal and classic fashion too, so much so that current scene is replete with military inspired fitness gears, gym clothing and athleisure wear lead by brands like Nike http://www.nike.com, Adidas http://www.adidas.com , Zivame http://www.zivame.cometc
〽any Unisex clothing articles and accessories saw their advent and apart from typical men’s cargo pants, camou jackets, trench coats, tan boots and metallic belts. Feminine fashion too saw comfort and power in military fashion and took fancy to it. As a result, we see a lot of khaki pants, shirts, tees, fitted dresses, backpacks, eyewear, boots, fishtail parkas, metallic chains, chokers and buttons, camou hoodies, shrugs, spahgetti tops, skirts, shorts and what not❗
🅰 woman adorning this trend believe it not, is sending a message across: of Power, of being comfortable in self and of being the sole authority on self but definitely a raw elegance and don’t mess with me attitude‼
ℹhave a comfy, cozy and special place for it in my life and my wardrobe. Its one trend I welcome with open arms! I truly and madly am in love with this one and its for here to stay.
ℹ truly believe what we choose to wear, what we pick up while shopping all transcends from what we feel about a certain style, fabric or hue, what aura a garment carries for us in our lives. Knowingly, and unknowingly we choose what we feel and behave.
🤷♀️Dressing up for me has always been a language; my clothes always convey my approach, my personality and my confidence in my life. Hence, fashion for me is the expression of my persona. May not be so for everyone, and I’m certainly not conveying that a person should be judged by his clothes; but neither can we deny that it does help us in creating an image.
Ⓜy love❤affair with “OG’z ” started way to early, as a school kid, at home watching my parents donning the Olive hues and camouflage uniforms (needless to say I’m a true Blue Fauji Brat).
Watching my Mom and Dad donning their uniforms, brought a kind of reverence to the pattern, shade and hue. It kind of attained a dignity and sense of 🅿ride and 🅿ower. How handsome and dignified they both looked!! I often dreamt of wearing “camous” and “OG” boots; and saving this world and mankind. It would almost give a 💪superhero vibe to me and I would wear my father’s boots and hold his stick and act like one😛.
☛Teenage years saw me experimenting with my parents’ discarded, outlived uniforms, trying to make something fashionable out of them. The military boots started fitting me and I often paired them with short dresses and skirts or denims. Especially, when the trend of ankle boots raged the fashion scene post movie “Rangeela” and the song “Yai re yai re” in which actress Urmila’s short dress and boots became the rave of those times. I saw lot many girls following the trend.
Grown up years saw a prominence in the military taste, watching my brother grow into this handsome, sophisticated, gentleman officer looking so dapper in his Olive greens, 🕶Aviators, 👞Wellington boots and ⌚Nautical watches brought so much awesomeness and fascination to me that my love of militaria became a serious affair.
🅰nd it so happened that I found love, with a persona who donned yet another hue of militaria. “This was destined to be”…. I seamlessly fell in love with earthy blues and pastel white tones of militaria, the dungarees, the white pintex, crisp ruffled shirts, ceremonial dinner jackets with brass buttons and stripes and the 👒bow-ties. And the love between me and the military fashion remains rock solid till date.
Hence, truly in my case my life’s reflections run true in the nuances of my clothing styles. I wear my pride and my life.
So, you see how important it was for me to write an ode to this gorgeous fashion that has my ❤ heart.
🅰nd all that I wrote above was to tell you how and perhaps, why I’m so taken in by this perennial fashion trend. But now I talk about what fun it is to style and wear this trend on different occasions.
✅So, here i go:
MY 🔫MILITARY WARDROBE UTOPIA/ ESSENTIALS :
Currently i own
1️⃣ Three miltary Jackets: One summer hue plain pastel olive and one camouflage hoodie open zipper. And one khaki shirt jacket with floral motif embroidery.
2️⃣ Two pairs of olive and grey joggers; One camou print and one nautical
3️⃣ One olive green long straight skirt
4️⃣ Olive badges and sticker tees
5️⃣ One earthy olive shade fitted evening dress
6️⃣ Athleisure jeggings in camou print and a six-pocket cargo pants
7⃣ One Puma sports bag and one camou printed Nuon 🎒 backpack and leather tan bag
8️⃣ Must have boots
9️⃣ Can’t live without Five pairs of aviators
🔟 One camou swatch and two nautical watches by Casio, G-shock (i love wearing men’s watches and perfumes, that’s my thing).
1️⃣1️⃣ One self designed embellished party jacket that i have designed with tons of brass buttons, golden stripes, shoulder badges and so on.
And the list is growing still and will do so forever, I feel.😛
😎STYLING MY MILITARY WARDROBE :
ℹ have heard many people saying that olive fashion doesn’t gel with other clothings and is difficult to match with and hence, boring or not multipurpose or diverse. But i have quite the opposite views, thoroughly enjoy styling the military clothing and love elevating the looks with accessories and mix-n-match too.
Here, i bring to you some military inspired street style, casual chic, sportyand casual evening drink looks. I have collaborated with my in house male models who share the same olive fetish as me @Tilak👤 Instagram Account , @Nik👤 Instagram Account to showcase some men’s military fashion too!
ℹ love going overboard with an all military look! I know for some people this might be little too much but trust me with right attitude, styling and accessories, this can be a very comfortable, statement, powerful and chic look to carry.
🔴We can wear co-ordinates aka matching top and bottom sets, like we are wearing in the shoot. We have styled olive green tees, sweat shirt or knitwear with matching tight bottomed comfy joggers.
To accentuate the look furtherwe can style the look with choicest of accessories and 👠footwear.
You can go with ankle 👢boots or sports shoes or slide on platforms of same or complete contrast colours.
👉Highlight the look with must-have, statement Aviators by 🕶Rayban http://www.rayban.com
Team it up with some tan leather 👜bag and a cool navy inspired ⌚Nautical watch
A camou or nautical print really goes well with an overall plain, solid olive coordinated outfit.
🅰dding metallic touch whether its some rugged, quirky pendants, chains, badges or choker or even sneakers will add just enough glamour to the look.
☑Styling olive bottoms with sheer tops, net sphagetti’s and layering it up with a jacket is yet another way to add the right amount of sexiness to the whole look and this look can be versatile whether its travel, evening out or to be donned when there’s a slight chill in the weather!
❇Cargo pants or “six pockets” as we commonly call them, the comfiest style statement, has been in vogue ever-since; it has been the first choice of travellers and trekkers all across the globe; a unisex garment that has utilitarian appeal, rugged and soothing at the same time. A statement in itself, Perfect to be worn with printed cotton tee’s and tan shoes and you are good to seize the world.
🔰Denims can gel perfectly well with anything military! A pair of jeans, shorts or skirt paired with an olive solid bomber jacket is stylish, smart and casual street chic; the styling can be taken up a notch higher with gothic lips, pigtail braiding (hairstyle) and wearing tons of metal chains and badgeson the waist and thighs. Sure shot stealer look that sets you apart❗
🅰nother perfect styling would be pairing the solid, summer 🆒khaki bomber jacket with a long straight khaki skirt; and just add a dash of colour with a ‘spaghetti top’ or a ‘ganji’ and Voila!! You are good to go for a shopping date with self. A comfortable yet effortlessly stylish.
Ⓜilitary fashion doesn’t only fit the streetstyle bills, it can be a powerful sexy weapon that unleashes the Goddess in you for some coffee evenings with friends and pub nights out as well. Style the military bodycon dress with some bright colour block layering and boots and a sexy sling and red lips.
WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T GO OLIVE ON VALENTINES!!.
Go Bold and all out Olive this Valentine as “OG Love is for real”!! You gals!!
MAKE YOUR MEN IN UNIFORM FEEL SPECIAL THIS VALENTINE!!
🅾live jackets paired with metallic shoes and shades and a net blush top, style with a top knot bun, a perfect recipe for a day on a ⛵boat out to sail or anyother adventurous activity. Keeping the fun and style quotient balanced.
🅰nother amazing way of pulling off the Olive look with elan is teaming up two different shades of Military together. Going olive with green or khakee with grey or beige and tan; navy blues and rugged greys!! These can be mixing and matching two different garments together or colour blocking with accessories.
🔰So friends With this style, i conclude my blog post, this blog post saw me exhibiting various militaria inspired garments, styled with different fashionable and comfy clothes and accessories to achieve the desired looks to suit the occasions. I feel Olive trend is one of the most versatile, easy to style; most comfortable and suitable to one and all kind of styles. It has a versatility and likeability to it; it can at once be converted to a high-end fashion look and an everyday casual, sporty look to a powerful, awestruck one. Its here to stay and can be played upon with with our sensibilities .
👉 In this blog post, i exhibited my love for styling militaria in everyday, casual yet statement looks; another blog post would be soon curated to showcase a more embellished, decorated and dramatic avatar of this fashion trend!! Till then Hail Militaria!! Go OliVe ! Go Green!!
💃I’ll be back soon with more interesting stuff! Till then stay stylish, be fashionable, imbibe conscious beauty, keep experimenting but most of All BE THE MAGICAL SELF YOU ARE!!
💁♀️Chao for Now!!
💋Xoxo!! Vashi/That Pashmina Girl!!
- 📸Photography: Tilak @ Follow on Instagram here
- 👗Costume : Vashi @ Follow on Instagram here
- 👨Model : Nik @ Follow on Instagram here