The Winter Trend That Makes Any Outfit 10 Times Cooler

When it comes to the top winter trends, a few key items probably come to mind—puffer jackets and white ankle boots included. While these looks are undoubtedly style front-runners this season, there's one other look that's right up there as well: military coats.

Now, we get it, this is one of the trends that doesn't really ever seem to go away, cropping up in some capacity every year (like leopard print, for example). But, as some of the biggest designers showcased, from Givenchy to Haider Ackermann, military coats are making an even greater impact in the fashion world right now. This is clearly why we're spotting some of the coolest street style stars in a variety of army-inspired toppers, including industrial olive-green iterations and more classic heavy-duty peacoat styles.

Interested in testing out this look? Go on to check out a few of our favorite ways to style the one trend that will make your winter outfits even cooler. Plus, go a bit further to shop our favorite military coats of the moment, too.


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The crisp lines and regimented detailing of military jackets make them surprisingly chic additions to an elevated ensemble.


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This is proof that a military-inspired jacket can go with anything—even athletic-inspired trousers.


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The red piping detail and frilly collar give this coat a flirtatious twist.


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An army-green military coat looks especially chic with a pair of blue jeans.


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A cropped iteration is cool for a more casual look.


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It's the color and double-breasted accents that give this alternative coat silhouette that military feel.


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Try a military jacket with pretty embroidery if you're looking to make a statement.


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This coat has a slightly different vibe, but it still hits that military/utility trend.


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For a classic look, pair a peacoat with a turtleneck and flares.


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You may just want to wear this look all winter long—a military coat, cropped pants, and cool boots.


This story was originally published on December 9, 2016, and has since been updated.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.