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The New Military-Chic Musts

by Jill Manoff

Get ready for a military invasion (That's an order!), because recruit-inspired styles are among fall’s top-ranking trends. On the front lines? Camouflage. The print of next season is already canvasing a number of styles—from jackets to jeans. The best part? Many are super-affordable (as in, under $20!), so you don’t have to pick just one.


We’d recommend stocking up on a variety of pieces, from ready-to-wear numbers to printed accessories. Each works like a neutral, with most everything in your uniform—so you’re sure to get a lot of bang for your buck. Instead of your usual white button-down, go for a camo style. Bored with basic blues? Trade in camo skinnies. Or, count on a pair of statement sunnies to take your too-simple looks to stylish new levels. Indeed, the extra you’ve long worn as camouflage (after a late night, a rushed beauty routine, the list goes on) now comes in camo—and we think it's a must.

Whatever styles you choose, you can count on the fact that they'll work through winter—as long as you remember: Stick to one at a time, and with nothing else “military." (Because "costumey" will never be chic.)



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