Do you like the military look? It’s easy to wear – for both women and men – and is one fashion trend that never seems to fall out of favour. The clean-cut styling of clothes inspired by military uniforms is perfect for work wear. After all, who doesn’t look good in uniform? You can also ‘dress down’ the military look. Team a jacket or cardigan (like the one in Knit & Stitch Creative issue 24) with skinny jeans, a plain white T-shirt and aviator shades and you’ve got the perfect weekend outfit – coolly casual but smart enough for a lunch date.

Fashion designers have long been inspired by the crisp and structured lines of uniforms and have borrowed all manner of details from military wear. These might be the brass buttons and gold trimmings of dress uniforms or some of the more practical aspects of day-to-day uniforms such as button-down pockets and belted waistlines.

The utilitarian coats and jackets worn by members of the armed forces have found their way onto the catwalk – think of Yves Saint Laurent’s pea coats, Aquascutum’s trench coats and Gucci’s bomber jackets – and remain staples of many wardrobes. The colours favoured by armies, navies and air forces – khaki, blue and white – are still the shades of choice when designers come to draw on military styling for their collections.

The Issue 24 military cardigan has been influenced by the styling of naval uniforms. The boxy shape and navy colour draw on the classic pea-coat design, while the buttons, epaulettes and cuff details are all inspired by the uniforms of the Senior Service’s top brass!