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Maya Tie Waist Fit & Flare Shirtdress
Cynthia Steffe
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From the perfect olive green color to the crisp silhouette and military-inspired chest pockets, this Cynthia Steffe dress not only speaks to the military trend of the season, but it is just one great-looking dress…that you’ll feel great-looking in. The easy, modern fit ensures the cotton fabric, which has a touch of stretch, won’t pull across the chest or hug the arms too tightly. And the wide seamed waist, accented by a fabric tie, is feminine and flattering, easily showing off your smallest feature. Wear it with nude pumps or cognac booties.
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08/11/2015

Military Style You Can Wear Like a Lady

There are some trends that we love to see come alive for a fresh interpretation, and ‘military’ is one of them. It’s not just inspiring colors of the season, like that beautifully rich shade of olive green or navy - though that is a great perk of the trend. It brings out style details like crisp silhouettes (reminiscent of any good soldier), oxidized brass buttons and epaulettes, too. And, yes, cool pops of camouflage and stripes. At its core though, ‘military’ is about the shape and structure of a piece and how you wear it. A well-defined jacket can have that officer feel with some great buttons in a sophisticated navy. Double-breasted details look smart again, too. You can even take a clean-cut blazer or elongated vest and add a belt for a crisp military feel. If you’re incorporating it in to your work or after 5 look, we like pairing something military in feel, with something equally feminine – a pencil skirt or a sexy pair of heels creates just the right juxtaposition.

Take a look at a few of our favorites here, and then head over to Fashion Finds, to see more of our top military picks for work, after 5, and casual dressing. If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media.
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Marc by Marc Jacobs - Fergus Watch
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Marc by Marc Jacobs - Fergus Watch
Fergus Watch
Marc by Marc Jacobs
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Feel like an officer with this beautifully oversized watch. The thicker case, bold face and luxe leather band have a great, masculine feel but the rosegold and grey combination are all woman.
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Acne Studios - Canada Scarf
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Acne Studios - Canada Scarf
Canada Scarf
Acne Studios
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Acne Studios is a high fashion house that makes beautifully designed pieces and we fell in love with this luscious scarf. It comes in a bunch of rich neutrals, and of course, we have to focus on the military green this week. You will simply never be cold when you wrap this oversized scarf around you – it’s easily big enough to wear as a wrap, too. We love it as a part of your outfit as much as we love it as an accessory to your favorite coat. The 100% Italian virgin wool is the finest of qualities.
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Joie - Bridgette Booties
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Joie - Bridgette Booties
Bridgette Booties
Joie
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There’s no getting around the military inspiration of a well-inspired pair of combat boots. Joie’s version (yes, the Joie that makes all the shirts we love are now doing shoes to – and they’re just as well-made) has a feminine sensibility in it’s more tapered silhouette, an interpretation that feels just right for the Mark Shale lady. It speaks to the trend, but in a modern and not overly trendy way. Wear them with a skirt and tights (especially a maxi), or with jeans with a wider leg. They look great with leggings and skinny jeans, too. There are a couple ways to wear them with these slimmer silhouettes – letting your jeans or leggings just bunch up over the top of the boots is the easiest. With jeans, you can cuff them up to rest just at the top of the boots. Or, with leggings, you can wear a chunkier pair of socks and let the socks peak out above the boots, with your leggings tucked in for an après ski look. Button down shirts and sweaters play off the borrowed-from-the-boys feel.
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Rebecca Minkoff - Military Bucket Bag
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Rebecca Minkoff - Military Bucket Bag
Military Bucket Bag
Rebecca Minkoff
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This comes in an easy black, too, but the military green shows off the beautifully perforated leather of this Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag. It’s lined, so don’t worry, nothing is going to come poking out. The size is large enough to hold are your essentials – sunglasses, wallet, phone, makeup bag – but not too big, so the rounded shape slouches perfectly against your body. We love the short handles to carry it in your handles or hanging off your arm, but the detachable shoulder strap looks great crossbody, too. The olive green is just as versatile as any neutral – black, camel, grey, navy, burgundy, oranges, pink…you get the idea…it goes with pretty much everything.
https://www.everlane.com/collections/womens-outerwear-trench
Everlane - The Swing Trench
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Everlane - The Swing Trench
The Swing Trench
Everlane
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Nothing says military more than a double-breasted coat with a stylish storm flap. And Everlane has found a way to make it so feminine, with an a-line, shorter silhouette that is so flattering on all figures, petite or full-figured. The contemporary fit is easy to layer over your Fall gear, and will work for a cool evening as the Summer winds down, too. Besides the fresh shape that we absolutely adore, Everlane’s business model of pricing transparency – selling only through their website to keep costs down – gives you an especially great price for the quality. In sage green (shown), classic tan, and beautiful navy, they are all versatile and will easily become your go-to for the office or any day of the week.
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Otto d'ame - Mughetto Babydoll Dress
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Otto d'ame - Mughetto Babydoll Dress
Mughetto Babydoll Dress
Otto d'ame
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The fluid crepe fabric is perfect for the swingy, a-line shape of this super easy dress. On average height or petite women this dress is longer than shown on the model, so it will be very appropriate for the office (and, of course, any fun night out) - especially when you add black tights and any shoes (flats to boots) come Fall. If you're tall, it looks great as a tunic over leggings with tall, flat boots. Besides the versatility, the great fit is what sold us. The sizing is contemporary but the style is relaxed, so you can throw it on no matter how you are feeling that day. The curved seams along the sides of the bodice give it flattering shape. Add a long pendant or layered necklace to complete the look. Note: The line is from Italy so the sizing reflects that. 38=XS, 40=S, 42=M, 44=L, 46=XL. (Oh, and while you're at it, note the price - it's great for a piece like this.)
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Splendid - 1x1 Turtleneck
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Splendid - 1x1 Turtleneck
1x1 Turtleneck
Splendid
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Did you know that turtlenecks first came about in the late 1800’s? They were worn as an undergarment for college athletes and then, by the military. Splendid’s soft, smooth cotton and contemporary fit makes for a great layer. The black color and sleek fit holds up wash after wash, and brings an updated feel to any outfit – for that subtle touch of military inspiration.
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Free People - All Wrapped Up Cocoon Sweater
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Free People - All Wrapped Up Cocoon Sweater
All Wrapped Up Cocoon Sweater
Free People
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The first sign of a temperature drop is going to be so exciting when you have this Free People sweater ready to go. The rich green (called “Martini” through the ‘shop it’ button) and nubbed texture speak to the military trend, and the easy style is simply cozy for a casual day. The faux wrap style keeps this style from looking frumpy or too over-sized, since it’s not as long in the front as it is in the back. In the beginning of the season, a simple tank or tee is all you need under this soft cotton blend sweater. Add a long-sleeve tee or turtleneck as the weather continues to cool off – black, cream, grey, mustard, burnt orange. They all look great with your favorite jeans (especially skinny ones to offset the loose fit) or leggings and boots. The relaxed sleeves give it a poncho feel, but with actual armholes, you can actually lift your arms with ease.
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Exclusive for Intermix - Christie Nautical Blazer
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Exclusive for Intermix - Christie Nautical Blazer
Christie Nautical Blazer
Exclusive for Intermix
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The nautical buttons make this blazer a Find this week, but we'd pick it for you any day. The button detail creates a double breasted look, but they are placed in a slimming v-shape to accentuate your waist - and they are decorative. It actually only closes with one single button at the waist, so this is a style ladies of all bust sizes can wear. And we absolutely adore the brown color that is hatched with black, so you can wear this jacket with all your favorite black pants. The perfect neutral, it can be layered over black or white button downs, shells, or turtlenecks and will look great dressed up for work or worn stylishly with jeans for a night out. The contemporary fitting style was made exclusively for Intermix, so we are directing you to their website, where you'll get free shipping and a pre-paid return label if it doesn't work out (but it will). Use code MOREISMORE for 15% off, too.
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Joie - Jacinta Split-Neck Silk Top
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Joie - Jacinta Split-Neck Silk Top
Jacinta Split-Neck Silk Top
Joie
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Joie has always been a Mark Shale favorite, and it’s the high quality and easy, modern fit (in XXS-L) that consistently delivers for our ladies. This silk blouse has an elastic waist and cuffs that make it so easy to wear – no need to worry about tucking it in, cuffing the sleeves (or ensuring they’re not too long). And, of course, the military green is rich and beautiful. Some olives of this shade have a lot of yellow in it, but this one is rich and true green, so it flatters most skin tones. With jeans, a slim skirt, or any style trousers this blouse will work for a night out, brunch, or work. You can even add a blazer or cardigan to show off the split neckline and clean, center seam.
 

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