Friday, April 9, 2010

Trend Alert: Military Must Haves

Who needs Dora the Explora when you can be a sexy explora?! The new spring/summer trend for 2010 is military/utilitarian inspired.  There is always something ultra cool about a military inspired look and now is the time to sport it.  Good news--this trend is one of the easiest to take from the runway to the streets (and comfy too)!

The key to this look (as with all trends) is choosing a few key pieces that have a utilitarian detail without being too literal. The basics: something in either or both an olive or khaki color (if these colors do not work for your skin tone try a black or navy in the military style instead), gladiator sandals or combat boots, sleek cargo pants, shirt dress, military jacket, and some "hardware" accessories. 

One of my favorite basics and a must for this Spring 2010 trend is the Gladiator sandal. This season, Rachel Roy (on the left) and Alexander Wang (on the right), has added their own flare to the continuous trend.  This variation on the gladiator completes an outfit that is put together with a utilitarian influence.  Also look for heels/booties that would complete the look with the same military chic inspiration.
For a "How to Look" check out some examples below. Think military more than safari, but always keeping a feminine feel.  I think military is a great look for when you want to feel more casual, but still wanting to have some style.  It shows that you are up on the trends, but you aren't looking like you are trying to hard to copy the girls in the magazines.  It's also a trend where you don't have to spend a lot of money to pull it off.

Other designers that are featuring this versatile look this season are: (from the high end) Balmain, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Chloe (to the more affordable choices), Forever21, J Crew, Zara, and Target.

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