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Military style jackets are famously edgy and the ultimate in bad girl cool; however, unlike your average pea coat, they're fairly masculine. This oversized I-stole-it-from-my-boyfriend look is part of a military jacket's charm, and when worn with the right accessories, it's versatile. Layer it over a dress for a classy but cool outfit or keep it casual with a pair of jeans. A good jacket should have three elements: a good fit, versatility and style. You might find yourself wanting to settle down with a luxe pea coat, but military style jackets are ultra trendy and cover all the bases. Air Force style jackets add interest to a boring outfit and are a versatile shade of blue, while regular military style jackets are a muted shade of green that matches almost anything.
Play up casual cuteness by pairing your military style jacket with skinny jeans and a form-fitting striped cotton T-shirt. This look channels a laid back '70s vibe a la Lindsay Weir, only you really are part of the in crowd. If you want to add some texture, swap out jeans for a pair of chocolate brown corduroys. Finish the look with a soft, feminine hairstyle, like long, blown-out waves to counteract the masculinity of the jacket.
Nothing says rebel like matching unlikely elements to create a cohesive outfit. Layer your military jacket over a white, lace dress for an unexpected dash of femininity. Choose a dress that's loose fitting and short; this outfit relies on the casual elements of two oversized items to work. A tighter dress feels more night out than bad girl, and this type of jacket is anything but dressy. To play up the military look, add lace-up ankle boots.
An oversized plaid flannel shirt is the ultimate in hipster cool, and when paired with a military style jacket, this trendy outfit will send out the message that even though you just rolled out of bed, you still look impossibly chic. Since the goal is to look effortless but still flatter your body, balance out your top. Counteract the oversized button up and jacket with a pair of leggings or skinny jeans.
Cutoff shorts are a summer staple, and pairing them with a military style jacket extends their wear past summer and into in-between weather. Together, these two elements create a retro vibe that channels '60s-era San Francisco. If the weather is warm and you're wearing your jacket to cover your shoulders during breezy summer nights, choose a woven platform sandal. During colder months, wear a casual lace up sneaker like classic, canvas tennis or skate shoes.