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Hey girls! I’m Kaelah from Little Chief Honey Bee and I am back for Round 2 of fighting fashion do’s and don’ts! So we’re talking fashion faux-pas here, right? What can we say about this outfit? Don’t mix black and brown? Don’t match your belt with your shoes? Or how about don’t try to make the tired ol’ military look work by wearing straight up cam colors?
I don’t like camouflage. I never got into the dirty olive hue and I never tried making the “Army” style of military fashion work for me. Give me some navy, white, and gold, we’ll say we’re channeling the Navy! That’s my kind of military style! We all know nautical inspired outfits work. They have this seemingly effortless ability to just look awesome and we think nothing of it. Instead I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone a little and finally go for a military based look, all with the hope of not looking too “try hard.” To me the biggest faux pas with military looks is that they’re just boring!
1) Bring in the girly accents when and where possible! I opted for a mesh top on this dress which offers up a sweetheart neckline and a peter-pan styled collar. The pleats on the dress also give it that “twirly” effect. The dress is a bit more olive than it may appear in the photos but it’s definitely a masculine color. By choosing to balance it out with the dress’ feminine accents, we’re able to balance it.
2) Go with a different hue for everything else. Black and brown are neutral colors, that’s for sure. But when you pair them up against this dress then they start looking more theatrical.
3) Make a statement somewhere in your outfit! To me, military looks based on this color combination just have the tendency to fall flat. They look boring or too overdramatic. There never seems to be a middle ground. When you go for something crazy like woven platform shoes with a 5.5″ heel and a big woven belt, the outfit starts to come alive.
4) Throw in something bright like an ivory! I wouldn’t go white for this since you typically think of military life as one spent “in the trenches” getting dirty, so ivory was the perfect balance. It offers a clean hue as a pop color, all while remaining connected.
I wouldn’t recommend Jeffrey Campbell Litas as your battle attire, but they’re so comfortable you could easily do a few drills in them! March to the beat of your own drum by taking a tried and true style and bumping it up a few notches!
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