Trending: Cargo Cool

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Let’s call it troop Parisienne, as editors from Vogue France to Vogue Australia stepped up to Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing’s A/W 2014-15 challenge and sent out a united military mandate. Meanwhile, on Rousteing’s runway cargo pants were given a silken update, while skirts had a Romanesque gladiatorial feel.

The main difference this time around is the quality of fabrics that are being enlisted into urban boot camp, so sadly our cotton Gap cargoes just won’t cut the mustard in platoon 2014. Instead, the latest memo orders up one key khaki piece worked back with everyday tailored wardrobe faves. Luckily, army green looks great with all matter of neutrals, and especially with navy.

Go downtown by pairing a parka with grunge checks, or uptown in a polished officer’s jacket. The latter also looks rather handsome as a cinched coat dress.