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Recently, I had a discussion with my friend. We were talking about a girl on Instagram sporting a striking camo sweater. You know, the camouflage print that soldiers wear to protect themselves from observation. While it did look cool, both of us felt it was kind of weird wearing war-related pieces in turbulent times like these. There are so many other prints you could choose, right? However, while discussing this, I suddenly laughed. She was wearing chino pants, I was wearing a bomber jacket. Two very popular fashion items, originally worn by the military force. Here goes the hypocrisy. So, where do you draw the line and do you have to draw one anyway?

A lot of people probably don’t know the history of their favorite fashion pieces. Sometimes it is pretty obvious though, think about the extremely popular combat boots, or the military coats returning every winter. Also, our all-time favorite, the trenchcoat, originates from the military force. British and French soldiers wore it in First World War. And having seen multiple bermuda shorts on the runway for Spring/Summer 18, it is worth mentioning their association to the Royal Navy. Then there is the camo print that seems to be everywhere right now. It’s funny: While the original purpose of camouflage was hiding, wearing anything camo on the streets couldn’t be more flashy. When I see someone in a camo jacket, everyone and their grandma is looking. Heads turning, jaws dropping, upside down scanning. I think it’s the one item you wear if you don’t want to hide away. You stand out automatically, as there aren’t many fashionistas that are brave enough to pull camo off. I don’t think camo-print fans are trying to make a political statement though, rather a fashion statement.

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The Military Coat

The historical associations seem uncomfortable. However, fashion is always tied to the time we are living in and meanings change. Yes, soldiers wore chino pants first, officers wore a certain style of double breasted coats. Do they still wear these today? Of course, no one wants to touch anything related to war, but avoiding it completely seems unrealistic. Should we ditch navy blue, because it’s has been the color of the Royal Navy since the 18th century?

Personally, I still have problems with camo print, though, because it’s meant for combat situations – still. For me, the typical double-breasted military coat doesn’t scream war, as it’s not even worn by the military force anymore. There you go – my justification for this look witht this amazing Even & Odd maxi coat. That being said, I am not bashing anyone wearing camo. After all, the superficiality of fashion allows you to throw something on without explanation – if you want to.


MILITARY COAT: EVEN & ODD |  SWEATER: COS  |  JEANS: TOPSHOP ‚DREE‘ |  SHOES: ZARA  |   BAG: REBECCA MINOFF  |  SUNGLASSES: RODENSTOCK

PICTURES BY NIKAS GÜNTHER

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The Military Maxi Coat

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