STYLE Soldier Chic

Fall in line! The season’s newest uniform gets its marching orders from the military.

CONSIDER, FOR A MOMENT, THE virtues of a uniform. The black-on-black uniform of le monde de la mode. The all-Chanel/all-the-time uniform of the ladies who lunch. The white Gap tee-with-Levi’s-and-blazer uniform of the ladies who don’t.

The clothes-conscious take refuge in the uniform for one simple reason: It’s a logical approach to dressing.

The uniform of the moment takes its cue from the military. For fall, the sharpest suits are marked with military details. Strictly shaped coats are outfitted with patch pockets, belts and epaulets. And the color palette includes variations on that once unfashionable shade of green otherwise known as olive drab.


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