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From Trench Coats to Field Watches, 12 Military-Inspired Pieces to Enlist This Spring

Luxe riffs on utilitarian classics from the likes of Louis Vuitton, Stone Island, Prada and others.

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Military style clothing is ever-present in menswear. In fact, many staple pieces owe their designs to the armed forces: Field jackets, trench coats, cargo pants and even chinos began life in the army, and were originally designed for function first and foremost.

Today, designers regularly delve into the regimental style archives for inspiration and mil-spec garments are never far away from their mood boards. The recent fall 2022 menswear shows are a prime example, as the likes of Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Loewe turned to classic military garb, reinventing them in pastel shades and oversized silhouettes. Then there are the OGs of utilitarian gear, like Carhartt to The Real McCoy’s, whose collections purpose-built designs regularly cross over to the wardrobes of style-minded civilians. Whether it’s a fashion-forward riff or an authentic reproduction you’re looking to enlist to your arsenal, these are the military-inspired pieces to buy now.

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