Style It Chic: Army Shirt 3 Ways

In Men's Shirts, Outfits, Style It Chic, Styling, Tops, Trends on September 20, 2010 by Naoko Takano

Photos: Runway photos, Marcio Madeira /; Jessica Alba photo found here; Forever 21 Silky Tie Belt Shirt; Nicky Hilton photo found here; Alexa Chung photo; Current/Elliott Perfect Army Shirt.  Style It Chic! Array by me.icon

Welcome another installment in my brand-new Style It Chic! series of posts.  (Can it have been a whole week since my last one already??)  In this series I will be taking one item or trend and showing you how to emulate that look – for much, much less than what you might pay at retail.  I’d love to hear your feedback on what you think of this style of post!

On the heels of last week’s Denim Shirt 3 Ways, I decided to stay with the shirt theme and this time take the green army shirt for a whirl.  Right now military-inspired trends are HUGE – just ask Lucky Magazine, Marie Claire, and Vogue for starters!  For Fall 2010 designers such as Burberry, Fendi, Michael Kors, and Oscar de la Renta filled the runways with chic trenchcoats, shirt-dresses, chino pants, and button-downs, all in camo-inspired hues of olive green, khaki, and camel.  Paired with boots, shearling, and brass buttons their look is straight-laced uniform…but paired with some unexpected pieces it can be brought down to the streets and totally wearable.  With a thrifted olive green men’s shirt (going to the Army & Navy Surplus store would have yielded more authentic results, but alas I only had my local Goodwill, where I chose a man’s button-down shirt in that coveted olive green color) here are 3 ways to wear the army shirt:

1. Urban Chic
(Skirt: DIY’d from a Forever 21 skirt, similar base skirt here; Ring: Handmade by me, Doorknocker Bag: Deena & Ozzy from Urban Outfitters awhile ago, Tights: Hue, Heeled Combat Boots: Forever 21 awhile ago)

Shirt buttoned up and tucked in to a flirty, silky skirt.  A cross-body bag breaks up the mannish shape to the shirt.  Finished off with warm tights and boots for walking, this outfit works perfectly for sightseeing or a day full of being out and about around the city.  Collegiate casual at its best.

2. Layered
(Jacket: Jones New York which I’m selling here, Brooch: DIY, Ruffled-Front Blouse: Forever 21; similar here, Mirror Locket Necklace: Forever 21; similar here, Belt: Victoria’s Secret (came with a skirt), Shorts: Pineapple County)

Leave the shirt open and wear it under a structured blazer in a darker color.  Wear a neutral-colored blouse dripping with ruffles and chiffon, and bare some skin on your bottom half.  Vintage-style accessories sweeten up this uniform for a lady.

3. Trendy, Trendy
denim workshirt
(Mossimo Captains Hat, Leopard-Print Scarf: Handmade by Me, Yukester 2-Strand Gold Ball Necklace; Chain Necklace: Handmade by Me, Convertible Dress (Worn as Tube Dress): Norma Kamali, Belt: Icing by Claire’s, OTK Knit Socks: Target, Fur Legwarmers: Shibuya-109, Fergie Gallop Boot)

Trying on all the trends for Fall 2010!  Shirt worn open with cuffed sleeves in place of a jacket.  Leopard print scarf for a dash of the animal.  Gold accessories – marine cap – fur at the ankles – there’s a whole lot going on – so maybe picking and choosing what’s best is the name of the game.;-)

I have chosen not to alter the shirt to fit my frame – though you can do so with yours by following my tutorial here.

So how would you wear the army shirt?  Do any of these styles appeal to you at all?


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6 Responses to “Style It Chic: Army Shirt 3 Ways”

  1. I loved all of your looks but I'd have to say my favorite was the second. You look stunning!

  2. Wow! I just posted a tute on how to make a military shirt until a cool jacket:

  3. I really love the green military shirt. It's so masculine but adding it with skirts and layers can give it a feminine twist. I love the first one, because I really want that skirt.

  4. I like the vintage/layered look (#2) the best…probably because that's the one I could see myself wearing 🙂

  5. Great looks! I especially like the layered one.

  6. I love the vintage look! That's excellent!

    Love the socks in the last photo, too… I need to get some knee-highs, but honestly – I have nothing with which to wear them!

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