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The Style Report: Suit Up

The Military Look

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Yes ladies it’s back and there will always be some variation of it that will never lose its style. This look that I am referring to comes in the form of coats, jacket, blazers and suits.

Just so you can visualize, the basic military look that I am making reference to is usually a double breasted well-fitted piece of outerwear or suit jacket darned with epaulets on the shoulders. The variations are endless; some of these items may have buttons going up the cuffs of the sleeve in uniform style, and often times the double breasted buttons embellishing the jacket as well as the same buttons in smaller version adorn the epaulets. This fab military look usually comes with a self belt as well and may have a flare peplum under the waist or just a simple straight form fitting line.

Here is a huge Lynn “no no”….do not use the belt that comes with the jacket, hereafter known as the self belt! Discard it or save it for another item. This is where you let your own fashion statement and creativity come through as you are going to cinch this jacket, coat, etc. with a contrasting and complimenting croc belt of sorts. 

And when I mention a contrasting belt that you have in your belt wardrobe, I could not be more serious about owning a full belt wardrobe. It is crucially important to own belts in variations of colors, buckles and textures. Do not fret as an upcoming article will be written teaching you how to get the most out of such a collection. This way you will have the ability to transform the same garment over and over simply by changing your belt.

As for me…I joined the ranks many moons ago and have earned my Corporate Status; with my winter white maxi silver buttoned coat, my olive drab short peplum military jacket and my oh so precious navy double breasted gold button waist coat that I pair with camel straight leg gabardines and riding boots.

And as always one more item on my wish list is the Rachel Zoe camel double breasted wool military suit with its satin silver buttons and high  cinched collar and wide cuffed trousers. Yes, I already have the perfect camel lizard silver buckled belt just waiting in my closet to accessorize this suit to perfection.

P.S. This ultimate Zoe suit can be snagged at a moderate price at Saks, Neiman’s, Bloomingdales and my sources tell me soon to come to Richard’s and Mitchell’s. Oh! and gals don’t forget that a suit can be pulled apart and the jacket can even look fantabulous with skinny jeans and a riding boot!

The good news about this look is that you do not have to stand in line with the armed forces for a medical exam nor do you have to get a buzz cut to go military!

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Lynn CesariaLynn Cesaria is a fashion maven, image consultant and personal shopper. Known for her no-nonsense attitude, her unerring eye and her Fashion 911 house calls to her clientele. Lynn has also owned and operated LRC Photography for over 20 years. She is based in Fairfield County but available to transform people worldwide!

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