Sunday, 22 January 2012

Military Inspiration on Menswear - Cargos, Epaulets, and, Multiple Pockets

Military inspiration has always been trending in menswear and travels in and out of style from season to season. Primarily seen in winter, designers incorporate different facets of military influence whether it be color, pattern, and also silhouette into their designs. 

In my opinion though, there are a few key military pieces that seem to always work with your outfit and never seem dated, no matter what fashion says.  Its these kind of pieces and details that every man should invest in and have in their wardrobe. 

In this two part series I am going to show you which of these pieces are timeless and how they originated from the apparel worn by soldiers.

Cargo Pants  

Cargos have enjoyed a long lifetime in terms of menswear.  Used by soldiers because of the functionality they provide to the wearer, the loose silhouette of these pants allow for a comfortable feel and easy movement.  As an added bonus, the multiple patch pocket style often features means where you can easily store your valuables for quick access.  Over time, designers have adopted the pant and slimed the once utilitarian item into a men's fashion staple! 

Below are two looks I put together to show how to wear your cargos both formally and casually:     

Look 1: Formal 

Charcoal double breasted over-coat - H&M 

Tip:  An easy way to adopt the military trend into your wardrobe is by incorporating military inspired colours like army green.  If you don’t have army green in your wardrobe, invest in it!  It’s one of the only colors that blends
well with black, grey and brown.
White slim dress shirt - H&M 
hunter green skinny emblem tie - Zara 

On the shoulders of my cardigan there are clips called epaulets. Epaulets were originally worn to represent a certain status or class in the 17th century (mostly worn by royalty). Today, the epaulet is attached to uniforms of military and police officers to signify power and rank.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to experiment with your cargos. They’re a great
trouser and are the perfect piece to dress down an outfit.  
              Slim army green cargo's - H&M
              Grey shawl collared cardigan - Le Chateau

Grey and black polka dotted socks - Winners 

Look 2: Casual

Tip: If you’re wearing army green cargos, never pair them with bright colors! 
Instead, pair them with colours of the same shade or chroma.  

Grey multi- pocketed bomber - Thrifted 
Dark green scarf -  Thrifted 
Charcoal grey cardigan - H&M

For this look I decided to wear a grey military inspired bomber. The jacket features epaulets as well as multiple pockets which, just like with the cargos,
were used mainly in combat for functionality. 

Silver multi-charmed necklace - Rue 21

I wore this necklace with my outfit in place of a dog tag.  All soldiers
must wear dog tags to determine who they are if they are unable to be
identified or found dead in combat.

Cognac brown wingtip boots - H&M

These cognac wing-tipped boots are a bit dressier than something
an actual soldier might wear, but they feature the same classic
characteristics as a typical combat boot.

Stay tuned for part two! 

Yours Truly, 

  Mr. Cavaliere 


  1. looks good man! you always dress amazing!!! :D

  2. whats the brand and item name of the grey bomber jacket? looks good