On The Streets: Tough, Military-Inspired Style

There’s something happening on the streets. Blame it on the economy, blame it on the government, or maybe just blame it on fashion designers: women are toughening up this season. Fabrics and styles once reserved for the military, for eccentrics and for motorcyle-riding babes – are on the shopping lists of even the most unadventurous of dressers.

The runways have been showing a “tough-chic” autumn woman for some time now, but it seems she’s finally jumped off her elevated perch and taken to the sidewalk.

So, what is this toughened-up woman wearing? Much like the woman above, she’s mixing textures like canvas and leather. She’s pairing her dark denim with studs, combat-inspired boots and menswear elements. She’s battening down the hatches and bracing herself against the elements – in style.

The key to pulling together a totally fierce, modern tough-girl look is not to lose sight of your femininity. Not entirely, at least. Try wearing this season’s leather jacket with spring’s floral blouses, or your olive green canvas jacket or parka over a maxi skirt and heels.

My favorite ways to toughen up this fall:

Are you going to channel your inner tough girl this season?

[Photo by Nando Alvarez]


  1. November 3, 2011 / 4:32 pm

    Those leather pants are to die for.

  2. November 3, 2011 / 7:05 pm

    I totally agree. As long as it’s feminine enough, this look is totally appropriate for the season.

  3. November 4, 2011 / 2:59 pm

    Wow I love that jacket!

  4. November 7, 2011 / 6:07 am

    I *love* this look – her leather jeggings and parka are to die for! I wholeheartedly approve of androgyny, tough girls, whatever you call ’em. I wear a plain black fitted maxi dress with black suede military boots, a hooded khaki parka and a loop scarf at the moment as my go-to outfit…


  5. November 17, 2012 / 3:48 pm


    I love this blog! I am finding your tips on IFB very helpful! I am 12 years old, and I would love it if you could give me some advice. I love your street style pictures, and I really want some tips on how to do the same. Thanks! Again, I love the blog!

    Tolly Dolly Posh x
    Age 12 – Toulouse, FR.

  6. April 13, 2014 / 4:20 pm

    Hiiiii! I just want to say “hello” and it was very nice to meet you in Stockholm! I hope you have a great weekend and that the joenruy home went well.Love Jennywww.hemtrender.comps. I love your blog!;)

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