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August 12, 2015

Military Details: The After 5 Edit

Stepping out for the evening gives us a chance to step up our sartorial game. We’re not talking about over-the-top fashion. Just by incorporating subtle details, fresh color, and somewhat trimmer fits you will get that updated feeling. “ Clothes & Conversation” this week is all about one of the trends of the season that does it best – the military trend. Adding deep olive tones, nautical navys, or outerwear inspired by pilots and officers to your wardrobe, you’ll get just the right pops of masculine military infusion to your wardrobe. And by wearing them with things you already have, you’ll create modern, updated looks that you’ll feel great in.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Thursday) for key casual pieces inspired by the military trend. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=68221226
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Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren - Cotton Shawl Cardigan
Cotton Shawl Cardigan
Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren
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Denim & Supply, Ralph Lauren’s coolly rugged line, has a chunky cotton shawl collar cardigan that is one of our favorites this season for a casual evening out. The tweed look of the knit shows off the olive color and the casual patch pockets are military-right. Pair it with dark wash jeans, a neutral long sleeve t-shirt or bold check button up shirt for a night out with friends.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shirts/oxford/PRD~93060/93060.jsp?color_name=bench-green J.Crew - Vintage Oxford Shirt
J.Crew - Vintage Oxford Shirt
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J.Crew - Vintage Oxford Shirt
Vintage Oxford Shirt
J.Crew
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Military green has invaded the button up shirt world for Fall and we are fully on board. J.Crew’s oxford cloth shirt has a shorter, modern button down collar and washed cotton fabric that is just right. Wear it with your favorite jeans of any wash (dark to distressed) or any neutral cotton pants for a casual night-out look. If you want to dress it up, you can easily add a navy, charcoal or black sweater – even a casual blazer in the same colors. It is available in regular (J.Crew’s typically modern fit) or slim fit so every gent can feel good in it.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418197&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446818142 Barbour - Waxed Cotton Jacket
Barbour - Waxed Cotton Jacket
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Barbour - Waxed Cotton Jacket
Waxed Cotton Jacket
Barbour
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Barbour is a British heritage line that’s been around for 120 years and a favorite of ours for almost as long. This season, they’ve created a waxed cotton jacket that has a distinct military look and a serious “coolness” factor. Play into it by wearing this jacket with dark tones – black, charcoal grey and navy, along with dark wash jeans – for a timelessly dapper evening out look. The contemporary fit ensures a sleek look that will make you feel great.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Textured-Stripe-Half-Zip-Sweater/MS00631,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Textured Stripe Half-Zip Sweater
Brooks Brothers - Textured Stripe Half-Zip Sweater
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Brooks Brothers - Textured Stripe Half-Zip Sweater
Textured Stripe Half-Zip Sweater
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Navy is a military, or should we say nautically, inspired color. And this Brooks Brothers sweater has a quarter zip neck closure and tonal bar stripe that is an easy option to grab for any casual night. The cotton/cashmere blend takes you from a cooler Summer evening well into Fall. It easily layers over a solid or patterned shirt, as easily as it does over a simple grey or white long sleeve t-shirt. Any pants work with it – jeans, cords, flat fronts…you get the idea.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bills-khakis-m3-trim-fit-vintage-twill-pants/4074758 Bills Khakis - M3 Trim Fit Vintage Twill Pants
Bills Khakis - M3 Trim Fit Vintage Twill Pants
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Bills Khakis - M3 Trim Fit Vintage Twill Pants
M3 Trim Fit Vintage Twill Pants
Bills Khakis
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Almost every gent owns some flat front twill pants, but make sure you have a “nicer” pair for an evening out. Bills Khakis has just that. Besides the olive color, this whole brand was born on military inspiration. Twenty-five years ago, Bill Thomas, inspired by a pair of army issued World War II khakis, started a pant manufacturing business in Reading, PA. His mission was simple: to make the best khaki pant a gent could want. And he did it. These great fitting pants are the modern version of those World War II military khakis. Pair them with button ups, sweaters or sport coats for your evening out. These are made in Bills Khakis trim fit, which is modern but not skinny – great for most gents.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/outerwear/leather/PRDOVR~17971/17971.jsp J.Crew - Leather Flight Jacket
J.Crew - Leather Flight Jacket
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J.Crew - Leather Flight Jacket
Leather Flight Jacket
J.Crew
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There is simply nothing more rugged and masculine than a great-looking leather flight jacket. Channel your inner Tom Cruise (the “Top Gun” version, of course) when you wear this one on a night out. J.Crew modeled it after the MA-1 jacket worn by high altitude fighter pilots, with all the appropriate finishes - a stand collar, rib trimming, and a zip pocket on the left sleeve. The brown leather has that perfect vintage feel and looks great with khakis and jeans alike.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Williamson-Trench/ML00243,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Williamson Trench
Brooks Brothers - Williamson Trench
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Brooks Brothers - Williamson Trench
Williamson Trench
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On the other side of the military-inspired outerwear spectrum (think more “dapper officer” than “fighter pilot”), this trench-style wool coat is ideal for a dressier night out over your suits and sport coats. Brooks Brothers uses Loro Piana’s finest water and wind resistant wool to protect you in all kinds of weather. The dark navy color and modified trench style has epaulettes, storm flaps and sleeve tabs, in an easy modern fit and updated length that keeps this classic fresh.
 

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