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From Alia Bhatt’s quirky army-style jackets and cardigans to Malaika Arora Khan’s cold-shoulder camouflage dress, the military look is officially back. While corsets, dresses and traditional double-breasted jackets have been the uniformed brigade’s gift to sartorialists, we tell you how you can integrate the style in your everyday ensembles, from outfits to accessories.

Gold standard
This embroidered pair of shorts from Alice + Olivia is a great party outfit. The brocade piece, complete with gold-toned army decoration-inspired embellishments, when paired with a pair of stockings and a plain top, makes for the perfect ensemble. Complement it with a matching jacket from the designer. `9,200 approximately
on aliceandolivia.com

For a fable
Inspired by the tailored suiting worn by Prince Charming from the movie Cinderella (2015), these classic Mary Jane pumps from Dolce & Gabbana are a good investment. Made from black suede and complete with gold military-style trims, these slip on shoes work best with cropped pants. `54,000 at Kitsch,
Mumbai. Details: 022 32445293

Black beauty

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With contrasting silver and gold chain-trimmed epaulettes and cuffs, this black twill jacket from Pierre Balmain takes inspiration from military ceremonial wear.
Complete with the label’s heritage inspired embossed buttons, this ensemble goes well with a sheer top and ankle-length pants for a smart casual look. `1,41,250
approximately on polyvore.com

Going retro

Swimwear meets army chic with American designer Norma Kamali’s bishop camouflage-print bandeau bikini. The strapless top with gathered sides and the high rise briefs resonate the ’80s. Carry a pastel sun hat for the perfect beach ensemble. Available after 50 per cent off for `8,200 approximately on net-a-porter.com.

Navy cut

This Italian blue military button wool cape from Burberry makes for a sophisticated addition to your wardrobe. The cashmere piece complete with polished metal buttons and a checked under collar is best worn with sleek black bell pants and matching accessories. `1,22,250 at their store in Express Avenue. Details: 28464135

Short and sweet

Great when teamed with a white singlet, this cotton miniskirt from the Canadian brand Dsquared2 is a wardrobe essential this season. The fitted silhouette and elastic waistband ensure style and comfort. We like the multicoloured grosgrain detail and the buttoned army-chic accents. `21,720 approximately on stylebop.com

Olive branch

This lightweight and unlined piece with tiger head detail is a monolith of sorts from Gucci. Made from a single piece of suede with palladium accents, adequately spacious pockets and an adjustable shoulder strap, this Italian-made military green bag is best paired with a muted cream ensemble. `1,83,840 approximately at DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 011 46471111

Coat of arms

While her love for the army hues are obvious in her line of bomber jackets, it’s this military coat from Muskaan Goswami that takes centre stage. The velvet-sheen blazer dress makes for a great formal choice, bearing Parineeti Chopra’s seal of approval. Keep the accessories and footwear minimal to let the dress do the talking. Order at `45,000. Details: intrinsicindia.com

Tall order

Show some skin with these Roxie ankle boots from Giuseppe Zanotti. Its camouflage canvas and high heel combination works well with hot pants or shorts of a similar hue. The elegant leather trims and velcro closure, complete with a buckle-like golden accent, guarantees a comfortable and secure hold. `69,100 approximately. Details: giuseppezanottidesign.com

—Lavanya
Lakshminarayanan

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