Miitary and utility chic is a huge trend for Spring/Summer 2015 – but you don’t need to go top to toe to get the look…
Working a relaxed military jacket on a blustery day in Germany
When I first saw the full length trench coats and khakis on the catwalks at Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren for SS15 I thought, ‘oh here we go, one of those blokey trends that won’t work at all for me’, and promptly switched off. You see, when you’re petite, anything too severe can make you look like a small child who has borrowed their parent’s clothes; meaning that the clothes wear you rather than the other way around. However, a trip to Cologne in Germany, where all the girls work army fatigues with biker boots and jeans in a cool way, made me reassess my opinion.
I picked up this loose khaki jacket on a windy day in Cologne to keep out the cold as we explored the city. The turned up sleeves and big lapels were what I liked about it; it felt slightly more finely fitted than most parka styles and wearing it with long gold chains and skinny jeans added a feminine touch.
Top, Primark; jeans, Tu at Sainsburys; shoes Deichmann Germany
I also did something I never do on this holiday, which was wear a pair of white jeans. White jeans, rather unfairly I feel, have a reputation as being ‘mum jeans’ – something you wear after a certain age. I don’t know whether it’s the slow advancing of my years, or the fact that everyone on the Continent wears them, but I decided it was time to change this perception. It also contrasted well with the military jacket. Also, here’s a tip for fellow shorties out there – Tu at Sainsburys does a great range of short fit jeans starting from just £12. Why has no one told me this before? It’s the high street’s best kept denim secret! (Psst – don’t judge me on the shoes – I had been walking all day and these were the only things I could get on my trotters by the end of the day!)
Travelling does make you re-evaluate trends; I’m not sure I would have had the confidence to work that military jacket at home, but seeing all those stylish Germans in them made it seem natural. International fash-piration? It’s just another excuse for more fabulous holidays, surely?!