One Woman Army

Updated on Aug 09, 2010
This is an entry to Forever 21 Back to School sponsored by Forever 21.
green Forever 21 jacket - brown Forever 21 skirt - black Hot Topic boots - silve
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Fave military piece?
33%   Jackets  
13%   Buttons and epaulets 
26%   Combat boots 
23%   Attitude! 
5%   Tell me in a comment ; ) 
Total Votes: 39
pandaphilia 's Thoughts:

See more photos of this outfit here: pandaphilia.blogspot.com

Now that I’m beaten black and blue
I can finally come home to you

When the Forever 21 Twist Military Collection came out, I immediately eyed this jacket with the huge sleeves. When I saw it at the Escondido Mega-F21 (as I’m going to call it from now on) I had to nab the last Small I found. Of course I didn’t brave the mile-long waiting lines for the dressing room so I made a beeline for the checkout and there were another 20 or so people before me. Shopping is reserved for madmen – you find that out the hard way. For a $29.80 item, the material is quite good and sturdy. I absolutely love all the details – the brass buttons, the flaps, especially the badge. The fit of the jacket is extremely feminine for such a macho trend. The belt accentuates hip curves and has enough holes to be tight for petite waists. I already felt like I needed to be checked into an insane asylum with the stupid wind blowing my hair all over the place today and my camera teetering dangerously near the edge. A middle aged couple slowed, stared, and asked if I needed help. There are very accepting people who live in my neighborhood hahaha.

I grabbed my military skirt from spring and finally put it to good use. I realize that this outfit would have looked much better with my khaki pencil miniskirt but I have absolutely no idea where that is. The fanning out of the skirt accentuated the femininity of this military-inspired outfit, which I love. Girl power! The combat boots are from sword fighting in high school. The funny thing is when I went to Hot Topic to look for a sturdy pair without heels (it’s very hard to run and attack 200 lb guys when you’re sinking into mud, trust me), I couldn’t see much in the dimly lit store and managed to buy a pair in size 6 and 8. Embarrassed, I exchanged the 8 for a perfect match. These are really comfy to wear but they make my legs look really short and stunted. Curse you, disproportionate legs! The clutch I won from a blogger friend’s giveaway. I love how shiny it is and the flash it reflects at the camera boldly makes a statement against these neutral colours.

It’s very rare to find feminine pieces that work so well in the fall and incorporate many trends at once: military, bold shoulders, fading the lines between male and female. This is the best thing about fashion – it’s always transforming, always creating, taking small steps is fine and making huge BAM changes makes for a showstopper. Fashion allows you to be anyone and everyone. Fashion allows you to be you.

FOREVER 21 STANDOUT ENTRY
It’s so nice that there’s a Forever 21 contest for my affectionate obsession with the store. Where else can you grab two pieces for $38 and completely transform into another person? If I walk around campus, I’ll look even flashier than the students who are dressed in uniform. I’m most impressed with the craftsmanship of this jacket because of all the fine details, the little trinkets, the intricate stitching that lets my shoulders rise to the sky and empower my inner artist, channel my inner improv actress, feel a fraction of the courage our brave soldiers have. This post is dedicated to all the men and women fighting with honour, and a wish for them all to return home safely very soon.

Thank you for your support and love always <3,

(^).(^) * ~ Panda

Comments (78)

F4SHI0N
F4SHI0N on December 25
btw,I voted "attitude" in the poll!;)
F4SHI0N
F4SHI0N on December 25
nice silver,look
chrissylovesyou
chrissylovesyou on December 25
yes, very nice look.
chrissylovesyou
chrissylovesyou on December 25
Nice jacket
souuups
souuups on November 09
love that jacket!
KaileeBroadway
KaileeBroadway on September 08
love yur shoes
StylePantry
StylePantry on August 25
I want that jacket!
pepang
pepang on August 24
Awesome outfit! <3
4everUSMC
4everUSMC on August 15
love it
thethief
thethief on August 14
jacket looks awesome
candydoll
candydoll on August 14
Kickass boots!!! Love the military shirt as well!
SimplyKenia
SimplyKenia on August 13
Your jacket is super edgy and cute! =]
iamkaren
iamkaren on August 13
one hot military chic!!!! nice boots:)
freedomwings
freedomwings on August 13
Love the silver metallic clutch!!
PurpleLabNYC
PurpleLabNYC on August 13
the jacket and boots are awesome !
kitteninstilletos
kitteninstilletos on August 13
love the jacket!
lindaluismyname
lindaluismyname on August 12
GREAT look!!!!I love the jacket and boots!
artyaffair
artyaffair on August 12
nice
arnyfull
arnyfull on August 11
love the jacket and your boots...
CalifornianDreams
CalifornianDreams on August 11
great military feel girl, love the jacket!
imperfectidealist
imperfectidealist on August 11
love the windblown hair look! your clutch is so chic (:
chloebej
chloebej on August 11
love your military look!faved!
pullyoursocksup
pullyoursocksup on August 11
Love your boots!
spanishlavenders
spanishlavenders on August 10
great jacket!!
JackieDailyStyle
JackieDailyStyle on August 10
Love your boots.
Vemo
Vemo on August 10
very strong look! i like it!!
kiki_sandoval
kiki_sandoval on August 10
cute
MissSmile1423
MissSmile1423 on August 10
I love the jacket!
kavzme
kavzme on August 10
jacket and the boots...rocks !!
Nino_H
Nino_H on August 10
love the jacket and clutch
AnnaThunderroad
AnnaThunderroad on August 10
really creative and stylish
naunet
naunet on August 10
So chic!!! Love that blazer and your boots.
InTaJaK666
InTaJaK666 on August 10
this is awesome!!!! i love the look. especially the boots and the jacket.
redksiretsa
redksiretsa on August 10
the shoes. i so want it. <3 <3
angiekje
angiekje on August 10
cute skirt and jacket!!
nay_myquel
nay_myquel on August 10
cute
sandy_reese07
sandy_reese07 on August 10
great outfit
rocket_girl
rocket_girl on August 10
Love the jacket and the boots!
solybBy
solybBy on August 10
aaawwww i loove your military inspired jacket. love it
SimplyHope
SimplyHope on August 10
I was sooooooo tempted to buy that jacket! Mannnn.... wish I did
lemuria
lemuria on August 10
this is a very pretty jacket!
vevevea
vevevea on August 10
love your take on the military look!!
Pink_Champagne
Pink_Champagne on August 10
military inspired chic!
pucciola
pucciola on August 10
love thiss look !
vernenciso
vernenciso on August 10
cute jacket!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on August 10
i love the military themed look. and i looooove those boots so much!!!!!!
ivanaTA
ivanaTA on August 10
adorable jacket
lifestyle
lifestyle on August 10
Love the top and shoes!! Love it so much!
rattie_an
rattie_an on August 10
cool!! I love the jacket,
L
L on August 10
i love your jacket and boots!!! <3<3<3
cityofbugs
cityofbugs on August 10
love that jacket and those boots! great look!
shopvelvetpony
shopvelvetpony on August 10
you look so cute! omg i am loving those boots! i've been wanting a really good pair of combat boots lately!
styleandsoul
styleandsoul on August 10
love this military chic look! love love
MurasakiNeko
MurasakiNeko on August 10
Great military look! I like how the metallic clutch is somewhat unexpected yet it suits it.
TaraAsturias
TaraAsturias on August 09
your shoess are so attractve!! amazing look!
SarahJaneR
SarahJaneR on August 09
love the boots and jacket!
crayola4kids
crayola4kids on August 09
Love the jacket and clutch.
IndubitablySophi
IndubitablySophi on August 09
I want your boots. :D
Sonsira
Sonsira on August 09
boots and clutch! wanna steal them! lol
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on August 09
love the green jacket!!!
carizzachua
carizzachua on August 09
super love~~
JPB
JPB on August 09
love that jacket! =)
dramax3
dramax3 on August 09
love the jacket!
cory_josue
cory_josue on August 09
wow.. this is amazing. the shoes remind me of the ann D. lace up boots.
flutterbyjulia
flutterbyjulia on August 09
Amazing jacket, the shoulder detail is stunning! Loving those boots too :) Good luck for your entry!
the_ed
the_ed on August 09
I really love all the Military style pieces. Wearing that kind of stuff easily satisfies both my tomboy and girly sides. :D Charlotte Russe has some very chic & petite-flattering Midcalf boots (They lace up; very military style/vintage-esque) for about $40. You can see these "hammer" boots on my blog or Chictopia. Congrats on the style gallery wins!
RoswellVixen
RoswellVixen on August 09
Chic!
missmariss
missmariss on August 09
love this look!
KristaniA
KristaniA on August 09
the green jacket is bananas, I love how tough yet feminine it looks (so contradicting but SO TRUE!) :)
kiki_sandoval
kiki_sandoval on August 09
cute top
YOUTHAGAINSTFASHlON
YOUTHAGAINSTFASHlON on August 09
W O W that jacket is AMAZING! I adore it :D And you created such great proportions...chic chic!!!
Allhailthequeen
Allhailthequeen on August 09
Your boots made me drool, chic voted
Elekon_Chic_Boutique
Elekon_Chic_Boutique on August 09
Love this! amazing!
libys11
libys11 on August 09
wow!! that jacket is fierce!! :D
Odette11
Odette11 on August 09
great boots (:
MissGypsy
MissGypsy on August 09
I'm in love with your boots right now. Boots are apparently my thing lately, I just got a pair of Dr. Martens last week and want to wear them with everything :).
AmyIsham
AmyIsham on August 09
The cut of the jacket is amazing! x
folle_femme
folle_femme on August 09
That jacket is spectacular! love it!
Tea_Loving_Noemie
Tea_Loving_Noemie on August 09
the jacket is so gorgeous ad i love that style! really chic outfit and so very trendy this season! <3
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