Military style jackets and coats are a firm favourite of mine because they instantly elevate even the most basic of outfits. In my last post I wore a new embroidered military jacket from Zara, which reminded me that I had this one, also from Zara. I bought it about seven years ago when, in a post-baby haze, Balmain came onto my radar and tormented me with eye-wateringly expensive jackets that I drooled over, but alas couldn’t afford. Thankfully Balmain’s influence swiftly filtered down onto the High Street and I snapped this lookalike up for a much more purse-friendly price.
Previously, I’d only worn the jacket with skinny jeans and heeled boots, so it was fun to try on different trousers with it to see which worked. I was actually quite surprised that these trousers did work with the jacket; I’d assumed that the accentuated shoulders needed a streamlined bottom half to balance them out. It just goes to show that it’s worth trying different combinations, even when you have doubts. Pairing it with these cropped trousers and heels creates an office-appropriate look that’s also on trend. Although a tote bag would be a more sensible option for work, I chose an over-sized embellished clutch to match the gold studs on my shoes. Combining the structured cut of the Balmain-esque military jacket and studs on the shoes and bag creates an edgy, but smart look. I’m not sure I could wear these very high heels all day though!
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