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Men’s military fashion trend 2010

Men’s military fashion trend 2010

Military remains in fashion for both men and women in Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2010. But just as this trend has changed for women, so too has it evolved for men. And in exactly the same way. Taking more inspiration from early 20th Century military conflicts, the look takes in both army and air force motifs, with nautical trailing a distant third (that’s relegated more to a preppy trend). Read up on the men’s military clothing trend including details on key looks, pieces and compatible trends.

For King and Country

The men’s military fashion trend is nothing new to us. Revived in 2008/2009 as part of a larger 1980s revival it had, to date, the flamboyant style popularised by the likes of Adam Ant. Not so for Autumn (Fall) / 2010. Ant, in turn, had taken his inspiration from a time when the European superpowers were at their peak, and military uniforms were less about functionality and more about how grand your country was.

The 1980s fashion revival is, however, on the wane. A new decade calls for a new swatch, and the focus on subtlety and quality that I hope will shape the next decade of men’s fashion will see the men’s military trend evolve in 2010 to be far more articulate.

So if the inspiration no longer comes from the 1980s, then when? The Second World War. An era of rationing, clean cuts, functionality, and, of course, the dapper gentleman off to fight for King and Country.

Key Pieces

If you intend to indulge in the 2010 / 2011 interpretation of the men’s military fashion trend there are two key pieces you’ll need:

  1. A greatcoat. Colour choices here sit strongest with Army green and Navy / Air Force navy hues. The greatcoat can be single or double-breasted, and should be detailed with brass buttons. For genuine authenticity, find some antique buttons on eBay and pull out a needle and thread, or simply purchase a vintage piece and have the cut altered accordingly. Further, the greatcoat can be belted or unbelted: it needs only to have a fitted waist.
  2. Aviator boots with shearling

It’s worth nothing that shearling can also be applied to the collar of a greatcoat or an aviator jacket, particularly if you’re trending towards the fighter ace look. Be cautious about moving into the realm of costuming however: being on trend doesn’t translate to looking like you’re off to a fancy dress party dressed as the Red Baron.

Other Trends To Wear It With

One of the great things about this trend is that it is made to be functional; after all, it comes from a era when people could frequently be heard to say “there’s a war on!” Thus the trend can be worn with many a toned down piece, particularly darker colours. As an example, in the trouser department look for solid coloured pants or darker denim. For a touch of flair, look for shiny trousers.

For greatest effect be sure to turn to either of the key 2010 men’s hairstyles: the classic part or the fringe. While the fringe adds a very youthful quality to the look, I’d recommend choosing between the two based solely on what suits your facial shape and hair.

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Men’s Suits – 6 Affordable Men’s Suits

Men’s Suits – 6 Affordable Men’s Suits

Alfani Luxury Charcoal Two Button Suit

his 2-button charcoal suit (with a single pleat pant) is such a great basic for the office and beyond. It would make a great first suit if you’re just starting out or don’t need to wear a suit that often. And you can’t beat the price!

Calvin Klein 3-Button Black Stripe Wool Suit

Another great basic is this Calvin Klein 3-button black stripe wool suit. The cut is a little more traditional than the similar Alfani suit even though the pant is flat front. This is another amazing value.

Banana Republic Cotton Three-Button Suit

Not every guy needs a cotton suit, but it’s such a great thing to have for summer. Wear it to work, weddings or just out on the town with retro sneakers and a tee. It is one of my top picks for a summer ensemble.

Banana Republic Heritage Navy Pinstripe Three-Piece Suit

This is another terrific basic 2-button suit with traditional tailoring and flat-front pants. A tailored suit at a great price–oh I how I love Banana Republic. The suit jacket and the coordinating trousers  are sold separately. There are a couple of color options too.

Alfani Two-Button Black Suit

Nothing beats a plain black suit. I love them for their versatility. A basic black suit can be worn at the office, out on the town as well as weddings and, I hate to say it, funerals.

Banana Republic Gray Two-Button Suit

I love medium gray suits. They are fresh and versatile–you can wear this color both in summer and winter. This Banana Republic suit has a two-button closure and a single back vent.

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Top 8 Men’s Cardigans

Top 8 Men’s Cardigans

Cardigans are another wardrobe must have. And they have had a bit of a comeback lately too, not that they ever really went out of style but more and more designers seem to have them in their collections. Cardigans are great if you aren’t a sport jacket kind of guy or if you are feeling more casual. They are perfect for transitional weather like in spring. They come in so many styles from slim fitting and modern to more traditional.

Public Opinion V-Neck Cotton & Cashmere Cardigan

There is nothing like the feel of cashmere. And when mixed with cotton, it’s equally as soft but much less expensive. This cardigan has a modern cut with a few modern touches like the contrast trim and elbow patches.

Gap Zip-Front Mock-Neck Cardigan

I love this cardigan. It’s simple, casual and acts like a jacket with it’s kangaroo pockets and zip front.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Merino Wool Cardigan

This is the type cardigan that both you or your dad could wear. It’s just a matter of how you wear it. I love the color. What a great cardigan to wear with jeans. Although it’s a bit of a splurge, it’s the kind of piece that you would could wear year round.

Marc Ecko Argyle Zip Cardigan

If you are fan of argyle patterns, then you may like this cardigan. It’s definitely more interesting than your average cardigan.

Banana Republic Silk/cotton/cashmere cardigan

This cardigan is definitely versatile and so soft. You could wear this with jeans and a tee or with dress pants and a button-down shirt. I am a big fan of Banana Republic for bringing us designer looks for less.

Elizabeth and James Baja Cardigan

This eye catching cardigan is a great alternative to a jacket. It’s made of cotton and merino wool, so you know you will nice and cozy on chilly days. It’s has a relaxed fit with split kangaroo pockets and a hood. This is the kind of piece you don’t mind spending a little money on since you will get many compliments.

Public Opinion Slash Stripe Cardigan

This button up cardigan looks way more expensive than it is. It could easily be a piece from a designer collection. It comes in two color combinations, but the black with blue stripe is my personal favorite.

American Rag Striped Cardigan

This is a classic sweater but with modern details such as contrast cuffs and hem. It’s made of a cotton and has a skull print on the inside of the cardigan.

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