Action girl: Keep your look fresh with military touches
The military look is marching straight into the high street with some commanding uniform styles seizing control, says Katie Wright
It started with Marc Jacobs' standout show at New York Fashion Week. The ever-influential designer was in army mode for SS15, taking uniform colours and flak jacket detailing, and blowing everything up: big collars, bigger buttons and huge patch pockets everywhere.
As Jacob's military decree has trickled down to the high street, it's been tempered with a dose of minimalism, which is no bad thing.
The colour palette doesn't veer much beyond white, cream, khaki and toffee, meaning it's well suited to warmer weather, while natural textures like linen, canvas and leather lend a cool, safari vibe.
Bolster your style armoury with spring's most covetable cover-up, the sleeveless trench or invest in a practical shirt dress with belt details and gold buttons to tap into the trend.
Spring's chicest trousers take their inspiration from traditional naval uniform. Not quite a flare but not quite a palazzo pant either, this straight-cut wide leg style is flattering for all figures, not least because you can let the cuffs fall over super-high heels.
Classic white looks great with a cropped blazer and silk shirt for the office, and can be dressed up for summer parties or weddings, while beige or khaki brown offers a more casual option, the ideal accompaniment for cork wedges.
While the utility trend is ostensibly all about practicality, it can still be seductive, too. Show off your pins in an asymmetrical wrap skirt or zip-up mini, worn with a chiffon blouse to mix in a hint of this season's Seventies look.