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August 11, 2015

Military Details: The Work Edit

This week’s “ Clothes & Conversation” is all about the military trend. And that is a style story that works effortlessly in to our work wardrobes, with the serious colors of olive, khaki, and deep blue being so work-right in any office environment. Its clean lines and manly details, are ideal accents for a casual day at the office – or any day in a creative environment, too.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for our some of our top finds for a night out, and Thursday for casual picks, all inspired by the military trend of the season. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=66197936
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Morgan Tick-Weave Sport Coat
Morgan Tick-Weave Sport Coat
Polo Ralph Lauren
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The rich tweed of this Polo Ralph Lauren sport gives military olive an office-ready feel. The English fabric has a soft hand and sophisticated look, in a modern fit that is trim but not skinny. Wearing a pattern dress shirt pops against the rugged fabric, and deep olive flat front chino pants complete the outfit without being at all matchy, since they are much more green than the brown tones of the jacket.
http://www.ledbury.com/products/the-olive-starks-gingham Ledbury - The Olive Starks Gingham Spread Collar Shirt
Ledbury - The Olive Starks Gingham Spread Collar Shirt
Ledbury’s check shirt plays with the masculine shades of the military trend for office perfection. The colors look great with a tan or brown tweed sport coat, and give any pullover or cardigan sweater (especially this charcoal grey one) a polished finish. You can even add a solid knit tie.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Double-Breasted-Trench-Coat/RL00020,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Double-Breasted Trench Coat
Brooks Brothers - Double-Breasted Trench Coat
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Brooks Brothers - Double-Breasted Trench Coat
Double-Breasted Trench Coat
Brooks Brothers
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A double-breasted trench coat is the ultimate military influence on men’s fashion. The trench coat was first worn by British soldiers in the trenches during World War I. After the war, it was adopted by the fashion world – we‘ve carried a version in our stores since the beginning in 1929 and continue to be fans of the timeless style. Made with a cotton and nylon fabric, Brooks Brothers gives it a fresh update with a shorter, modern length, and somewhat trimmer fit from their Red Fleece collection. But it still has all the classic details, like a shoulder storm flap, large collar and belt. It is long enough to wear over a blazer or suit jacket, and short enough to look perfectly appropriate with khakis or jeans for the office. It is a great look at an ever better price.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Double-Breasted-Knit-Blazer/MP00953,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Double-Breasted Knit Blazer
Brooks Brothers - Double-Breasted Knit Blazer
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Brooks Brothers - Double-Breasted Knit Blazer
Double-Breasted Knit Blazer
Brooks Brothers
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With the importance of military inspirations, double-breasted jackets come back into fashion. Brooks Brothers uses a knit fabric to give this one a really cool update – this isn’t your grandfather’s double-breasted blazer, for sure. The knit creates an almost sweater like feel that is just so fresh over a pattern button up shirt with jeans. It’s an easy solution for a casual work look (though you can dress it up with a dark olive or tan knit tie), and will easily take you to drinks and dinner.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/tiesandpocketsquares/pocketsquares/PRDOVR~50672/50672.jsp?color_name=frosty-olive J.Crew - Tipped Italian Linen Pocket Square
J.Crew - Tipped Italian Linen Pocket Square
A pop of olive in your pocket square updates any navy or blue pattern sport coat. The rich linen texture gives it a rugged feel and easily replaces the need for a tie.
https://bonobos.com/products/washed-chinos?color=congos Bonobos - Washed Chinos
Bonobos - Washed Chinos
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Bonobos - Washed Chinos
Washed Chinos
Bonobos
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Flat front cotton twill pants are often a staple in many gents’ work wardrobes, and this dark olive pair - called Congos through the 'shop it' button - from Bonobos will be in heavy rotation for the upcoming season. Since the line started out with a focus on pants, they’ve really nailed a good fit. And not just one – many of the pants, like these, come in 3 different fits: Tailored (the trimmest, contemporary fit), Straight (a modern “everyman” fit that is still updated and current), and Slim (which is in between the two). Besides choosing your waist size, you can also choose an inseam length that is right for you. Once you choose your favorite fit, you’ll be able to wear them with everything from a navy blazer or tweed sport coat to a long sleeve polo. And you won’t beat the price for the quality.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/outerwear/PrivateWhite/PRDOVR~04956/04956.jsp Private White V.C.™ - Wool Flight Jacket
Private White V.C.™  - Wool Flight Jacket
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Private White V.C.™  - Wool Flight Jacket
Wool Flight Jacket
Private White V.C.™
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When you’re not wearing a suit or sport coat to work this Fall/Winter, you will happily put this black wool flight jacket on when you are heading to the office. The rugged military inspiration is on full display – and we expect nothing less from Private White V.C. After all, the brand was even named after a British war hero. While using super durable military-grade materials, it still has a really refined look, using authentic Harris Tweed fabric. It’s modern fit is easy, but not oversized. With a sweater and a tie you may not want to take it off once you get in to work – we understand.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418197&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446781432 Burberry Brit - Fulforth Field Jacket
Burberry Brit - Fulforth Field Jacket
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Burberry Brit - Fulforth Field Jacket
Fulforth Field Jacket
Burberry Brit
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Burberry’s use of oversized flap pockets make this field jacket a sleek and stylish interpretation of the military trend for any gent looking for a contemporary feel. Of course, Burberry's posh interpretation leaves no detail behind, including epaulettes and an interior drawstring to cinch the waist. The stone color is a great neutral that works with everything. While it makes for a dapper Fall outerwear piece, we love how it looks as a sport coat substitute with twill pants and a pattern button up shirt – rugged and stylish. As with most Burberry styles, the impeccable fit is slim, so size up for an easier fit.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/bags/Harwick/PRDOVR~E1724/E1724.jsp?color_name=hunter-olive J.Crew - Harwick Briefcase
J.Crew - Harwick Briefcase
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J.Crew - Harwick Briefcase
Harwick Briefcase
J.Crew
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A military olive brief case is just the accessory any gent needs for the office this season. J.Crew uses water repellant, lightweight nylon so it will work for any type of commute. It has a padded interior pocket for your laptop and exterior zip pockets for your phone, tickets and any other things you need to quickly access. The leather handles and detachable shoulder strap give it just the right amount of style and function.
 

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