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

We’re suckers for an It-girl staple, so when we spotted our favourite 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 favourites —that’s an order!

Olivia Palermo


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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).

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.

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).

Marc Jacobs S/S 14

Style Tip: We realise 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?”

Maglosia Bela


Style Du Monde

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

L’Officiel Editor-in-Chief Daphne Hezard


Style Du Monde

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

Burberry Brit

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

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

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

Free People

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

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

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.

One Teaspoon

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

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

Tory Burch

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