Loving Kate Middleton’s military look? The Duchess of Cambridge is a big fan of classic military detailing and timeless shapes – so much so that she’s just been snapped in the same Reiss coat that she first wore two years ago. Want to steal her style? Here are 7 tips for stealing Kate Middleton’s military style …
Kate is excellent at choosing pieces that can be reused – and it’s a great skill to learn. The military trend is full of timeless shapes and detailing, so make sure the color matches. Blacks, white, grays and creams will all go with almost any other color, and remain wearable for years to come. This Kookai design is one of my winter wardrobe essentials.
Accessories are the perfect way to keep your look modern and on trend, even with the most classic outfits. Steal Kate’s style by opting for a modern belt around a trench – she opted for a thick, black snakeskin belt with a large buckle – or add a cute hair accessory, brightly painted nails or eye-catching jewelry. The great thing about accessories is the cheap price, making updating your outfits effortless. I’ve got a collection of cheap scarfs that I love for this very reason!
Okay, so dresses might be a tad impractical for the military – but that doesn’t mean they don’t rock the trend! Kate’s military look is based on statement pieces and classic shapes, and a shift dress can easily capture both. Opt for something with long sleeves and button or buckle detailing to draw the eye, and finish the look with nude shoes or ankle boots.
There are some utterly stunning military-themed shoes out there to rock with your look. From wedges to towering heels, studs and buttons, to buckles and cut-outs, they can be the perfect focal point for an outfit – but they can also distract from your great classic clothes. So, opt for a more sensible shoe. Kate Middleton’s military look almost always involves her knee-high black boots, as they are comfortable, warm and easy to walk in. Plus, you’ll find they’ll become a wardrobe staple for any look before long… I love these slouchy Kore by Sophie Kokosalaki leather boots, and they are super waterproof too!
Don’t feel that you have to stick to monochrome colors to keep the look realistic. Light green, for example, is a great wardrobe choice that is almost certain to last forever. Short designs with small fold-ups look great worn with a white t-shirt and a detailed military blazer.
Love leather or lace? Suede or velvet? Make like Victoria Beckham and don’t be afraid to add some bold fabrics to your outfit. Posh Spice has a military-styled long leather blazer that she regularly wears with skinny jeans and a box shaped hat, and this look could easily work for you too. Alternatively, add some feminine fabrics like a lace t-shirt under an embellished jacket – or opt for a jacket that involves plenty of materials anyway, such as the leather and suede jacket with asymmetrical zips and big buckles.
So this one sounds obvious, but some people seem to really love these naff accessories… Remember to keep your military look more chic than fancy dress by avoiding play swords, pirate eye patches and anything else that makes you look like a children’s TV presenter.
Kate rocks her military look all the time – whether she’s on official engagements or just snapped about town with Pippa, she always looks glam. Steal her style by investing in a few classic pieces and adding a modern touch with accessories – and don’t forget to share your best buys here. I’d love to know what makes your look perfect!
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