Epaulets: From Military to Everybody


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Natalie Portman in Babette Epaulette

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Military-inspired trends call for armor-like details.  Keep the edge with metals that sparkle, but take the boot camp look and transform it to classic Captain-style with a little epaulet embellishment.

Natalie Portman in Babette Epaulette

Disheveled edge courtesy swathes of liquid chains.  High-voltage glittering rocks or sweeps of fringe, the epaulet is no longer a simple shoulder adornment, it’s a statement.  Layered upon bare skin, the jeweled sheathing draws a crowd and then it’s taken back to its traditional outerwear roots tossed over a strong jacket.

Harlots and Scarlets

Babette Epaulet by Seville Michelle Anastos, leading creator in the epaulet revolution, has been seen on fans including Beyonce and Alicia Keys.  The classic epaulet, the thin piece of material with a thick border of blunt-cut fringe, gets an update in the Harlots and Scarlets collection with long, thin, multi-hued delicate strands cascading off heavy metal chains.  The theme may be military, but it doesn’t have to be literal.

Babette Epaulette Harlots and Scarlets

Light as a Feather

The airy touch of feathers steal from the boho and indie scenes and lend any style a touch of playfulness, which is perfect for days when you just don’t know what to do with an epaulet.  With earth tones, the feathers provide a hint of hippie, but when paired with shocks of color and bold patterns, the captivating scent of a fashion innovator lingers nearby.

Babette Epaulette black feather shoulderpiece

Big, Bold and Beautiful

Go above and beyond the military effect with an eye-popping, outfit-making, bobbled-up piece like those from Mayzani.  In addition to pumping up your fashion, they might just buff up your arms.  Taking heftiness into account, these are for the serious epaulet lovers.  However, confidence is everything when it comes to pulling off fashion be it trends, classics or obscurities.  With military-inspired looks, now is the time to flex those fashion muscles!

Mayzani epaulettes

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