From field to runway: Military influence on the fashion world

Capt. Erin Dorrance
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***I am a girl who loves fashion. I become frustratingly bored tying up the same pair of black combat boots every day. That is until I look around and notice that my military uniform is inspiring fashion trends all over the world.

In a recent interview, Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour said that her definition of fashion is changing. 

“Jeans and T-shirts can be equally fashionable as an Oscar de la Renta ball gown,” she said.

Beyond this explanation, Ms. Wintour said current events influence fashion. She said the war has pushed a military edge onto the fashion runways.

It has become fashionable to shop at flea markets and Army surplus stores for military gear. And the designers couldn’t agree more.

From Valentino’s camouflage-patterned ball gown on a Paris runway to Sailor suits made for children by Coco Chanel, military-influenced fashion is in.

These are the biggest trends:

°Dog tag necklaces
°Combat boots
°Camouflage pattern with shades of pink and blue
°Aviator sunglasses
°Pea coats and bomber jackets