Khaki kool: Military meets utility, girly-style

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Leigh Lezark in Valentino (left), Taylor Tomasi Hill in Cedric Charlier (centre). Pictures courtesy Vogue Runway

The stores may be filling up with off-shoulder blouses, spring-like dresses, vests, shorts and other warm weather pieces, but I’m still shivering despite my full armour of puffer coat and furry hat.

So, with temperatures edging up just a bit, at this time of year I’m looking for transitional product, not full-on sunshine looks. And the currently military-meets-utility-meets-girly trend seems to fit the bill.

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Faith Connexion, Topshop, Asos, Diesel

It’s not classic military (the kind of thing you used to be able to buy at London’s famous Lawrence Corner) but is a kind of military mash-up, a pretty or sexy or gamine look that blends khaki tones and utility styling with a feminine edge that completely transforms the look.

And it’s versatile, able to take you from winter into early spring, true spring, full summer, then through to autumn (if you can cope with that much khaki all year round, of course).

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Faith Connexion SS16, Zara, Cos, Whistles Resort 2016

Street stylers loved the look during the recent Fashion Month and it’s one that’s making an impact at retail too, across the price scale. You can find a great Faith Connexion jacket (€670) and skirt (€680) if you’ve got a spare grand to spend (and at those prices, you really would want the look to work for any weather). You’ll have to fork out quite a lot for the Whistles leather look and the Faith Connexion SS16 jacket too (they’re not yet in stores).

But there’s plenty that’s more affordable such as the Topshop camo ‘shacket’ (£45), the Zara playsuit (£39.99), Milk It Vintage jacket at Asos (£40), Miss Selfridge laced dress (£39), Cos Cocoon dress (£69) and Urban Outfitters waffle knit dress (£36). A bit more expensive but still on the realistic scale are the Cos coat-jacket (£115) , the G-Star dress (£130) and Whistles silk shirt dress (£180).

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Whistles, Miss Selfridge, Urban Outfitters, Cos, G-Star

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