Inspired by the highly stylized pomp-and-circumstance of military uniforms from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, some of today’s leading men’s fashion designers including Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Alexander McQueen have taken cues from world military fashion history to give us a reason to salute military couture. From epaulets to boots, Dalys 1895 explores this hot trend in men’s fashion. If you’re already aware of this style sweeping the runways of Milan, Paris, and London, you know the luxurious and commanding look that is military couture. If not, check out the military couture trend and see if it would enhance your professional style.

Not Your Grandpa’s Military Uniform

If you think military couture is all fatigues and camouflage, you’re dead wrong. Military couture is a trend that has been seen many times throughout the history of men’s fashion. The style is retrofitted for each new generation, and by appropriating military garb into fresh, relevant, and stylish designs, military couture subverts the militaristic component of military uniforms by transforming the identity of the military uniform from being worn on the battlefield to being worn on the runway. The Italians are particularly spearheading the current military couture trend in men’s fashion, as evidenced by the spectacularly lavish men’s military coats, which seem to be influenced by the long coats of Old World naval and army officers, but are updated with contemporary touches that appeal to Millennial sensibilities. Not your grandpa’s military uniform, indeed.

Not Your Grandpa’s Military Uniform

Eastern Bloc Party

While much of the current military couture owes its style to the Cold War era and ensuing decades, inspired by various styles from the heavy pea coats of KGB spies to the bomber jackets with wool collars of IRA rebels. Military couture seems to be made for colder weather, hence the layers of thick cottons and wools, reminiscent of 19th-century British sailor coats. Military-style pants, sometimes adorned with a colorful stripe down the legs are in, yet tailored to fit a more 21st-century look. Pair with some strong black military boots and you’re ready for an Eastern Bloc party. The new military couture style also doubles as both professional and casual attire. The choice is yours.

Eastern Bloc Party

Military Couture Glimpses the Future

While contemporary military couture harkens back over three centuries, we also see glimpses of the future in some of the military couture designs coming out of Europe now. It almost reminds one of something that could be worn in a galaxy far, far away. Using a variety of materials including leather, vinyl, wool, cotton and more, today’s military couture may be a mere style trend in the world of men’s fashion, but it seems that this is more than a trend, given that it has heavily influenced some of the men’s fashion world’s biggest trend-setters, just as the style has in the past and as it will continue to do so into the future.

Military Couture Glimpses the Future

 

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