Fashion Flash: The Cool-Girl Jacket You Need, Like Right Now

A jacket that oozes coolness, power, and a stylish flare: we simply couldn’t resist, and neither should you.

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    We’re suckers for an It-girl staple, so when we spotted our favorite stylesetters and the spring runways flaunting military jackets, we took notice. How do you wear one without looking like a Civil War reenactor? We thought you might ask. Click through for spot-on examples and to shop our favorites —that’s an order!

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    PHOTO: David M. Benett/Getty Images for Pringel of Scotland

    Olivia Palermo

    Style Tip: Go the feminine route with this traditionally masculine piece by layering your jacket over a pleated, full skirt and pointy pumps.
    ​On Palermo: Westward Leaning sunglasses; Boda Napoleon Jacket ($498); Reiss skirt; Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps ($625).

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    Cara Delevingne

    Style Tip: If you’ve got your hands on a literal translation of a military jacket, like Delevingne’s, tone it down with sexy separates, like a lace blouse, fitted trousers, and patent leather shoes.
    ​On Delevingne: Balmain Military Jacket ($3995); Burberry shoes.

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    Saint Laurent

    Style Tip: Allow us to introduce you to your next party look: a cropped military jacket, sheer blouse, and leather skirt. Voila!
    ​Shop The Runway: Saint Laurent Cropped Military Jacket ($1490).

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    Marc Jacobs S/S 14

    Style Tip: We realize that suggesting a military jacket with Bermuda shorts is like, the ultimate fashion girl tip, but when Marc Jacobs tells us to jump, we ask “how high?”

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    PHOTO: Style Du Monde

    Maglosia Bela

    Style Tip: A t-shirt and jeans are a welcoming duo to wear with your new outerwear essential.

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    PHOTO: Style Du Monde

    L’Officiel Editor-in-Chief Daphne Hezard

    Style Tip: Channel your inner maritime officer and go for a monochrome ensemble in a blue hue.

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    Burberry Brit

    Feminine Military Jacket ($595)
    This would look perfect over a minimal shirtdress.

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    Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

    Shearling Military Jacket ($276)
    Layer this over a sheer blouse and tailored trousers for a playful evening ensemble.

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    Free People

    Military Ruffles Jacket ($168)
    It’s rare to see a military jacket in a white iteration, so get excited.

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    Mango

    Miranda Contrast Military Coat ($131)
    The buttons alone are a selling point, no?

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    Marc Jacobs

    Embellished Fitted Military Jacket ($2800)
    Remember what we said about Bermuda shorts? Pair this jacket with them and you’re on your way to becoming Marc Jacobs’ newest muse.

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    One Teaspoon

    Smith Jones Military Jacket ($83)
    The ultimate weekend look: a chambray button down, skinny jeans, and this awesome jacket.

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    Topshop

    Cropped Military Jacket ($96)
    The budget-friendly iteration of Saint Laurent’s cropped jacket. Enjoy!

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    Tory Burch

    Shrunken Sgt Pepper Jacket ($198)
    We recommend a full skirt and ankle boots with this richly hued jacket.

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Feminine Military Jacket

Feminine Military Jacket

Burberry Brit, $595
SHOP
Shearling Military Jacket

Shearling Military Jacket

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, $276
SHOP
Military Ruffles Jacket

Military Ruffles Jacket

Free People, $168
SHOP
Miranda Contrast Military Coat

Miranda Contrast Military Coat

Mango, $131
SHOP
Embellished Fitted Military Jacket

Embellished Fitted Military Jacket

Marc Jacobs, $2800
SHOP
Smith Jones Military Jacket

Smith Jones Military Jacket

One Teaspoon, $83
SHOP
Cropped Military Jacket

Cropped Military Jacket

Topshop, $96
SHOP
Shrunken Sgt Pepper Jacket

Shrunken Sgt Pepper Jacket

Tory Burch, $198
SHOP
EXPLORE: Trends, Olivia Palermo, Cara Delevingne, Maglosia Bela, Daphne Hezard, Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Burberry Brit, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, Free People, Mango, One Teaspoon, Topshop, Tory Burch
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