Trending: Military Vibes with an 80s Twist

One trend that seems to come back time and time again is the military influence. Yes, over time, it appears in different forms. But right now we’re seeing it collide with the 80s revival which is so hot right now. Marc Jacobs’ resort collection is a perfect example of this 80s influence that is currently trending. In this particular outfit I’m wearing, I adore the 80s twist this look takes on an otherwise more utilitarian vibe.

How to Wear It

Now, when it comes to wearing the military print, you want to make sure you’re making it take on a fresh feel and less like you just walked off the set of Saving Private Ryan. Mixing it with more feminine and understated pieces is a good way to start. Whether that means mixing an army print with a lace slip dress or wearing it with a casual sweatshirt dress (like what you see in these photos), the juxtaposition of a little girly and a little utility is something we adore.

What I’m Wearing

I immediately fell in love with this Marc Jacobs anorak (also available here and here, and less expensive version here), which I got at Hampden Clothing. As a side note, Hampden Clothing is one of my favorite independently owned boutiques. Locatedin Charleston, South Carolina, owner Stacy Smallwood curates the very best assortment of fashion forward trends and designers to be wearing now.

I love the oversized look of the anorak with that truly authentic military print. Add in those killer patches and pins, and it puts the look over the top. Indeed, the proliferation of both patches and pins is a fun trend that is obviously a nod to the 80s. I paired the jacket with my ATM black sweater dress that is just as comfortable as it looks (also love this one and this one). I topped the entire look off with my Ray-Ban sunnies, my Golden Goose glittery sneaks (less expensive versions here and here), my Chloe bag (which is, unfortunately, out of stock, but a similar Chloe option here and similar less expensive options here and here), and NARS ‘Scarlet Empress’ lipstick, ideal for a day walking around, running errands, and exploring the city.

3 Ways You Can Wear It

So, would you consider embracing this look? If so, we have three ways for you to adopt the look!

Option 1 – Designer Runway Look

Option 2 – Look for Less

Option 3 – DIY Version

Now, if you’re in the mood for a little DIY project (an easy one, we promise!) you can get yourself a plain military jacket and some patches and pins and put them on however you’d like, and you have yourself your very own 80s inspired military jacket!


In Closing

Finally, we’d love to hear from you! Do you like the military trend? What about the 80s patchwork/pin look? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Also, stay tuned for a busy week of content around here. We hope you’re liking the kicked-up publishing schedule.

Photos by Maritere Rice


Details of My Look


  1. Jessica says:

    Love love love! I’m obsessed with your jacket! It’s absolutely stunning x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Jessica! I really appreciate you stopping by.

  2. Jenn Lake says:

    Love the details on that jacket! Totally agree about Hampden – I fell head over heels in love the first time I stepped into their store!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Jenn! Glad you liked it.

      And yes – I’ve been a fan and customer of Stacy and Hampden’s for years now. She has quite the eye.

  3. Katherine says:

    Such a cool jacket and it looks great on you!

    1. Carrie says:

      Hey thanks a ton, Katherine!

  4. Laura says:

    Love a good military jacket, the patches on this one are too fun!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Laura! Isn’t it a fun twist?

  5. Sheri says:

    Hi Carrie,
    Love the colour in this post. What a fun look 🙂

    Have a good day,

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Sheri! I’m so glad you liked it. A little different for me, but had to experiment…

  6. Bella B says:

    Wow carrie you look so stunning, I just love this whole look.


    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, thanks, Bella boo. A little different for me, but a fun casual option. Xo

  7. Such a cute look, styled to perfection per usual!

    xo, Jennifer

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, thanks, Jennifer! I’m glad you liked it. It’s fun to experiment sometime.

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