For cool off-duty style, it’s hard to beat utility chic. Totally on-trend and super-easy-to-wear, military style gives your weekend wardrobe edge.

It’s not a passing trend either – uniform design has been an influence in fashion since at least the 1960s and there’s no sign of it expiring. This year in particular, international runways have featured jackets with echoes of military uniforms. Cropped and long-style jackets with strong, structured lines all feature decorative brass buttons, rope trim or coloured piping.

So take confidence in investing in a piece that’ll see you through multiple seasons: a structured, double-breasted, cropped jacket will never go out of style!

How to wear it

Utility dressing is, of course, a style not made exclusively for the structured blazer. For spring/summer, while every Canberra woman needs a blazer, we’re also moving into hot-weather wear. Utility-wear lends itself to off-duty dressing in relaxed, cargo style. Go for silk sleeveless tops, lightweight shirts and breezy, belted duster jackets.

Mix things up 

Think an edgy, oversized military-style jacket won’t suit your spring wardrobe? Choosing a button-up khaki shirt to go over a feminine maxi or floaty midi-skirt will instantly update your look. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

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