10 Army-Inspired Pieces for Easy Summer Dressing

Give your white dresses and summer sandals some fighting edge.
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Give your white dresses and summer sandals some fighting edge.
Outside the Milan spring 2015 shows. Photo: Imaxtree

Outside the Milan spring 2015 shows. Photo: Imaxtree

We can thank military outfitters for inspiring generations of fashion designers, who have adapted the colors, boxy shapes, precision tailoring and utilitarian pockets typical to fighting uniforms time and again for civilian consumption. For spring 2015, Marc Jacobs and No. 21 embraced the colors and shapes of army dressing, and J Brand offered up many more inspired options for pre-fall. On the fall 2015 runways, olive and army green proved popular once again, though the silhouettes were not always distinctly military.

Seasonal trends aside, there is no better time to incorporate military-inspired pieces into one's wardrobe than the temperamental summer months. They lend themselves to layering (vests over collared shirts, vests over tees) and are often made from cotton or lightweight technical fabrics. For those not inclined to wear head-to-toe fashion fatigues, take military-inspired one piece at a time and balance it with girlier pieces, like a frilly white blouse or a pair of sexy heels.

See below for 10 utilitarian pieces to wear now. 

Pants

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Left: Marc by Marc Jacobs suspender pants, $358, available at Stylebop.
Right: Topshop pants, $68, available at Topshop

Jumpsuits

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Left: Abercrombie & Fitch jumpsuit, $78, available at Abercrombie & Fitch
Right: Band of Outsiders jumpsuit, $339 (from $565), available at Shopbop.

Tops

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Equipment linen shirt, $210, available at Net-a-Porter
Right: J Brand vest, $250, available at Net-a-Porter

Shorts

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Left: Thakoon Addition shorts, $172.80 (from $288), available at Farfetch
Right: Topshop skort, $68, available at Topshop

Jackets

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Left: Rebecca Minkoff jacket, $368, available at Rebecca Minkoff.
Right: Veronica Beard jacket, $489 (from $698.00), available at Intermix

For more military-edged style inspiration, browse the slideshow below.