How to Pair a Structured Military Jacket and Romantic Lace Dress

Military vintage jacket with lace sleeves

Allison McNamara in military jacket with lace dress and patterned tights

Allison Mcnamara red hair wearing military jacket and lace dress

Military jacket vintage with lace dress and patterned tights on Allison McNamara

Military jacket over lace dress and old car on fashion blogger Allison McNamara

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Here’s how to wear a pretty lace dress and a tough military blazer. 

military jacket and a lace dress has to be one of the most darling combinations, don’t you think? There’s an effortlessness to this pairing that feels both feminine and gothic. Soft, cream ruffles cascading from the hemline and sleeves evoke effortless romance, balanced with an ever-so-proper Victorian high neck and a ruffled bust. Juxtaposition is key. Off-set your uber feminine frock with something structured and militant, like a vintage black wool blazer with sharp, shoulder pads and gold buttons. But beware of details, for something too tough won’t work. Look for pieces that have a hint of femininity by way of a loose ruffled tail.

There’s something inherently punk about this combination of lace and military–a look that hails from the streets of South London with just enough posh to get you through Shoreditch. Layering on irreverent, patterned tights, for both warmth and look, makes the spirit more laid back and less serious, especially when you can see the darkness of the tights peeking through the dainty layers of lace. Ripped tights? Even better. Patent booties reminiscent of England’s infamous Doc Martens, but elevated, rounds out this outfit, along with a classic flap Chanel and simple gold frame sunglasses.

Like what you see? Channel the same look by shopping my hand-selected picks below.

Dress | Shareen Vintage   Blazer | Vintage   Tights | ASOS   Bag | Chanel   Boots | Elizabeth and James    Glasses | Ray Ban   Photos | Elaine Torres


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