Army Jackets

Here at Who What Wear headquarters, we know how to take orders from our favourite designers. So when they instructed us that the military jacket was the next big thing, we said, "Sir, yes Sir!" and marched right, left, right to the flak jacket beat. After all, we could hardly resist this hero piece that stylishly invaded the S/S 10 shows and nearly knocked the little leather jacket into the outlying provinces. In the face of the glam barracks wear at Balmain, the precisely cut styles at Rag & Bone, and pretty girl iterations seen at Charlotte Ronson, we had no choice but to wave the white flag and surrender to this serious spring essential.

While the army-inspired look is a widespread one, the aforementioned tastemakers are a few notable front-line examples to whose style intelligence we will defer. One preeminent take on the trend came via Charlotte Ronson's S/S 10 show, where models clad in diaphanous tops under black, khaki, or pastel strong-shouldered jackets appealed to pretty young things with a bit of an edge. Eye-catching studded belts and sleeves served up as high contrast to ballerina buns and clean faces, while pale pants and dresses were toughened up with black and army green. Our favourite look consisted of the Army Twill Button-Down Shirt ($170, 212.625.9074), cinched with a studded belt and paired with Silk Lace-Up Harem Pants ($250, 212.625.9074). Unfortunately, this shirt was not produced, but you can snag Ronson's Army Twill Jacket ($295, 212.625.9074) instead! While these runway pieces do contain a fair amount of hardware