YES YOU CAN: Major in military dressing

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how.

There’s a good reason why military styling stays on trend season after season. Firstly, its khaki and camel palette flatters all skin tones. Secondly, great button detailing on a classic peacoat looks smart and expensive, and a belted, cape-shouldered trench is always a weekend-to-work-worthy investment. Finally, a good-quality aviator jacket will last a lifetime.

How to major in military style:

All hail Balmain’s fluid khaki trench – a great transitional piece to weather the seasons

The new trench

In two-tone, this timeless coat gets extra wardrobe versatility.

Trench coat, £350, Ted Baker

Gilet, £50, Next

Trousers, £39.90, Uniqlo

Bag, £175, Jigsaw

Boots, £160, Tommy Hilfiger

Classic military styling is never out of step as the runway at Alberta Ferretti proved

The souped-up peacoat

With its neatly nipped-in waist and double-breasted buttons, this cover-up looks great dressed up or down.

Jacket, £109, ZARA

Dress, £29.99, Reserved

Hat, £68, Free People

Boots, £395, Russell and Bromley

Glasses, £365, Cutler and Gross

Bag, £695, Mulberry

If double-breasted buttons feel too much, opt for a simpler style. Coat, £355, Jigsaw

The forever aviator

Channel land-girl chic with a classic flight jacket and chunky boots.

Jacket, £495, Ted Baker

Vest, £75, & Other Stories

Trousers, £110, Boden

Hat, £45, Iris & Ink, The Outnet

Boots, £42, Next

Bag, £39, Anyday, John Lewis