Reporting For Duty

Although I might not be the biggest supporter of all the wars going in on in the world today, I have a slight obsession with military inspired clothing. By adding a navy peacoat or khaki shirt to an outfit, you automatically attain an urban-cool, youthful, rugged look. For example, last year Ryan Kwanten starred in a GQ editorial all about modern military dressing, and became one of my favourite editorials in years! We've seen military inspired collections at Balmain, Burberry and Gucci done well, and I've found my (affordable) solutions.
The shirt I am wearing is from Gap, I bought it after I saw the incredible Gucci Spring 2009 ad campaign (bottom left) and went on a hunt to find the perfect khaki shirt. The shirt has great military pockets and buttons; you would never know it was Gap! I got my leather jacket Boxing Day shopping at Urban Outfitters. The jacket reminds me of a great leather jacket I saw in the Balmain Men’s Spring 2010 lookbook (bottom, center). The jacket came with great pre-worn wrinkles and fit, and the collar looks great popped or folded down. And best of all, the jacket was $30! My classic Levi’s and brown boots finished off the look. The song “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugar Hill Gang embodies my outfit perfectly; with the mix of urban-cool with military accents (the beat reminds me of marching!)

Now I’m dying to know, what do you think of military styling? Leave your response below.


  1. Ive always liked military influences in fashion. I think it's a very powerful look. What I dont like is designers' irritating tendency to overdo it, like Balmain and sometimes Cavalli. Camo print should be banned from everywhere. But military coats and boots are fantastic.

  2. I agree with you on the camo, there was so much of it for so long!