How to Style a Military Jacket

Military jackets are classic wardrobe pieces that just always seem to be in style. But if you’re bored of wearing your military jacket in the same old ways, consider spicing it up a bit. You could add some fun accessories – like an oversized scarf, a cute neckerchief, or a fun cross-body bag. Try rolling up your sleeves, popping your collar, or adding a chunky belt. You might even consider wearing it like a shirt and tucking it into your pants!

EditStyling Casual Looks
Layer the jacket over a plaid flannel shirt for a casual combo. In colder months, a great way to go casual with the military jacket is to wear it over a plaid flannel shirt. You can spice up the look with a variety of different plaid colors – reds and greens or even brighter pinks and oranges.[1]
Try tucking the flannel into your pants for an even more casual streetwear look.

Wear it over distressed jeans and a graphic tee for a laidback look. This is a classic, casual look. Your military jacket will look great worn open and loose over a graphic tee (or even a plain white t-shirt), paired with distressed jeans.[2]
Try wearing different colors of t-shirts with the jacket, but keep in mind that more neutral colors will probably work best.

Roll up the sleeves. A great way to add some flare to your old trusty military jacket is to roll up the sleeves. Roll the sleeves in large, bulky cuffs or smaller, well-defined cuffs that are more meticulous.[3]
Try pairing this over a colorful undershirt so that color peeks out from underneath the rolled jacket sleeves.

Wear your military jacket like an oversized shirt. Button or zip your military jacket all the way up and throw it on with a pair of jeans or leggings, just as you would with an oversized blouse or t-shirt. You can wear another shirt underneath, but try not to let it peek out the bottom or top of your military jacket.[4]
This is a fun, relaxed style that works well when you’re on the go!

Pop the collar. Wear your military jacket open or closed and pop the color for a bit of extra flare. The popped collar is a fun contradiction to the strict adherence to rules that a military uniform is typically associated with.[5]
This kind of dichotomy can be a fun statement about your own personal style!

EditCreating Dressy Looks
Pair it with a little black dress to create edgy contrast. Layer a hip-length military jacket over a cute little black dress. Avoid longer military jackets for this look, as it works best with a contrast in length – the dress hanging lower than the jacket.
Try completing the ensemble with a thin brown belt worn at waist-level over the top of the jacket and the dress.

Wear a tailored military jacket with slacks to work. For a slimmer, more professional look, pair a tailored military jacket with a nice pair of slacks. Wear the jacket over a dressy blouse that is tucked into your slacks.[6]
This look is great for a business casual look with a little edge that’s appropriate to wear to work.

Tuck your military jacket into your pants. Treat your military jacket like a button-up shirt and tuck it into your pants. For women, try high-waisted pants for an even more outrageous look.[7]
This might not work if your military jacket is made of material that is very thick. But if your jacket is a bit on the lighter side, it’s a fun way to change it up!

Unbutton the top few buttons and add a cute neckerchief. Keep your military jacket buttoned up all the way excluding the top few buttons. Then tie a small neckerchief around your neck with a cute pattern.[8]
Alternatively, you could add a large, chunky necklace instead of a neckerchief.

Pair your military jacket with knee-high boots and a skirt. Another great way to dress up your military jacket style is by wearing it with some tall boots and a cute skirt. Mid-calf or knee-high boots look stylish with a skirt that hits just above the knee and a fitted military jacket.[9]
Try wearing complimentary colors, like brown boots and a hunter green skirt, with your military jacket.

EditAccessorizing the Military Jacket
Add an oversized scarf. Wear your military jacket hanging open with a large, oversized scarf on top. The different textures (the canvas jacket against a softer woolen or knit scarf) will add a fun contrast to your outfit.[10]
Let the scarf hang down low. Or try tying the scarf in different patterns.[11]

Add a chunky high-rise belt. Try switching up your military jacket style by pairing it with a thick belt worn at your true waist. This will break up the traditional form of the military jacket and give it a fun new style![12]
Use a belt in a complementary color like hunter green, light brown, or even orange.

Add some dress shoes for a dressier look. Try pairing your military jacket with heels or other dress shoes to class it up a bit. Under the military jacket, you can pair dressier shoes with jeans, slacks, or even tights and a cute dress.[13]
This is also a fun way to turn your daytime jacket look into a nighttime jacket look. Adding heels (or, for men, nice dress shoes) adds a more formal flare/style.

Pair it with a dainty handbag or satchel. Try carrying a more petite handbag with your military jacket outfit. This will add a nice contrast to the larger size of your bulky military jacket. Try a small handbag with a long chain shoulder strap or a dainty little bowler bag with no over-the-shoulder straps, just handles.[14]
Avoid large cross-body bags, as the military jacket is already relatively bulky.

Throw on a beanie hat for a casual look, or a fedora for a classier look. Hats are a great way to spice up any outfit. If you want to dress your military jacket down, try wearing a beanie hat for a casual, more relaxed look. If you want to class it up a bit, wear a fedora hat with the outfit.
You can even wear a panama hat to add some edgy contrast to the outfit.

Add some pins for decorative flare. Try playing on the military tradition a bit by adding your own funky version of military stripes. Add some cute and exciting pins to the breast of your military jacket, or down the sleeve, to give it a little something extra.[15]
Add colorful pins that really draw attention to the design.

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Today in History for 5th April 2019

Historical Events

1648 – Spanish troops and feudal barons strike down people’s uprising in Naples
1722 – Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island
1814 – Netherlands Bank issues its 1st banknotes
1952 – 106th Grand National: Jockey Arthur Thompson and trainer Neville Crump combine for their second GN with Teal winning at odds of 100/7
1992 – 4th Seniors Golf Tradition: Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus
2009 – Kraft Nabisco Championship Women’s Golf, Mission Hills CC: Brittany Lincicome eagles the final hole to win her first major title, 1 stroke ahead of fellow American Cristie Kerr

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Famous Birthdays

1906 – Lord Buckley, American comedian, born in Tuolumne, California (d. 1960)
1926 – Roger Corman, American producer and director (Little Shop of Horrors), born in Detroit, Michigan
1950 – Franklin Chang-Diaz, Costa Rican-Chinese American NASA astronaut (STS 61C, 34,46,60,75, sk:91), born in San José, Costa Rica
1964 – Robert “Bob” Kaehler, Burlingame California, rower (Olympic 5th 1992, 96)
1966 – Michael “Mike” McCready, American musician and lead guitarist (Pearl Jam), born in Pensacola, Florida
1971 – Stuart Peele, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)

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Famous Deaths

1923 – George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, English financier and Egyptologist who funded the search for and excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, dies at 56 after a severe mosquito bite became infected by a razor cut
1943 – Aleš Hrdlička, Austro-Hungarian anthropologist and curator (US National Museum), dies at 74
1964 – Douglas MacArthur, US general (Pacific theater-WW II), dies at 84
1982 – Abe Fortas, Supreme court justice, dies at 71
1990 – Nico Scheepmaker, Dutch columnist and poet, dies at 59
2003 – Arthur Knight, CEO (Courtaulds), dies at 86

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How to Become a Motivational Speaker

When you think of motivational speakers, you might think about self-help gurus telling you how to channel your inner child or visualize your path to success. However, motivational speakers can deliver presentations and speeches on any topic. What counts is your passion for the subject you are addressing. Become a motivational speaker by developing your message, brushing up on your public speaking skills, and promoting your speaking abilities.

EditDeveloping Your Message and Niche
Read, watch, and listen to other motivational speakers. Familiarize yourself with the works of other motivational speakers and see if there are any that resonate more with you than others. Consider the content of their speeches and the way they deliver it as you expose yourself to different motivational speakers.[1]
Try watching TED Talks or Youtube videos of motivational speeches.

Read books, articles, and blogs written by motivational speakers.

Check out motivational podcasts.

Write down all of your ideas for material. Try to describe the message that you want to deliver through your speaking engagements. What topic do you want to focus on? Career? Relationships? Spirituality? What is your focus within this area? Entrepreneurism? Writing? Marriage? Parenting? Christianity? Buddhism?[2]
Write down as many ideas as you can think of and keep adding to your notes over time.

Select a niche in the topic you have chosen. This will depend largely on your own experiences and qualifications, so reflect on what you bring to the table on this topic. How is what you have to say different from what other people are saying? What experiences and knowledge do you bring to the conversation that is special?[3]
For example, perhaps you started your own interior design business and you hope to inspire others to do the same.

Or, maybe you successfully published a book in a short amount of time and you want to pass on what you have learned to others.

EditWorking on Your Stage Presence and Content
Take a public speaking course to develop your skills. Check with your local community college or see if there are any public speaking groups in your area that you can join. This will give you a chance to develop and practice your public speaking skills. You may even be able to test out some of your speeches on these audiences and ask for feedback.[4]
You can also look for other opportunities to speak in front of an audience, such as offering to give a speech at a friend or family member’s wedding, attending open mic nights at a local comedy club or bar, or hosting your own weekly live stream or podcast.

Ensure that your speech has an engaging beginning, middle, and end. A well-organized speech will be easier for your audience to follow. Think about your speech as a story and decide what should come first, second, third, etc. Aim to open with something attention-grabbing, such as a shocking fact or an interesting anecdote.[5]
For example, if you plan to give a speech on how you overcame an obstacle in your life, then start by sharing about what the obstacle was and perhaps providing a bit of context about the situation.

Then, talk about how the obstacle affected you, what changed in your life, etc.

Conclude by explaining in detail how you overcame the obstacle.

Read and revise your speech multiple times before giving it. Once you have a well-developed speech, take some time to read through it carefully and revise what you have written. Expand on any details that seem unclear, rewrite any confusing sections, and don’t be afraid to cut out material that doesn’t work.[6]
Plan ahead so you have lots of time to revise your speech before you give it for the first time. Aim to revise at least 3 times before your first speaking engagement.

EditMarketing Yourself
Create a website with information about yourself and your message. Having a website that includes information about your message, who you are, and how you can be reached is essential to getting work and promoting yourself. Take some time to set up a professional quality website or hire someone to create one for you. Then, share the web address with everyone you know to start promoting yourself.[7]

Write a blog, make videos, or publish a book. Getting your ideas out into the world will help you to build a reputation and market yourself as a public speaker. Try writing a book or making a video about your experiences or around the problem that you hope to solve with 1 of your speeches. Start a personal blog for your public speaking career and post on it a few times per week.[8]
For example, if you want to give motivational speeches on starting a business, then you could write a how-to book or a series of blog posts on the subject.

If you want to motivate people to improve their relationships, you could create a video series with relationship tips or answer common questions about relationships in your videos.

Tell people that you are looking for public speaking engagements. Word-of-mouth is an excellent way to promote yourself as a public speaker. Tell your friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances that you are embarking on this career. Hand out your card or contact information to everyone you meet.[9]
Networking events are a great way to gain contacts and start getting work via word-of-mouth. Check to see if there are any upcoming events in your area that you could attend and meet people.

Reach out to local organizations and offer to speak for them. If there are relevant organizations in your area that hire public speakers, then contact them and offer your services. Consider what organizations might sync up with the type of public speaking you offer and focus on those organizations.[10]
For example, if you overcame drug addiction and want to inspire others to do the same, you might contact local rehabilitation centers or hospitals.

If you struggled in school due to a learning disability, but then found a way to overcome it and become successful, then you might contact local high schools to offer your services.

Apply to speak at conferences, conventions, and other events. There are many events that actively seek people to speak. Look into any relevant conferences, conventions, or other events in your region and apply to be a speaker.[11]
These can be competitive, and you might not get paid in the beginning, but doing these types of events can help to spread your name by word-of-mouth and get you more work as a public speaker.

EditUsing Effective Techniques During Your Speeches
Wear a nice suit or dress when you speak. Looking professional is a great way to make a good first impression on your audience and improve your credibility before you even open your mouth! Put on a nice suit or dress to give your speech, style your hair, do your makeup (if you wear it), groom your facial hair (if you have any), and choose a nice pair of shoes that match your outfit.[12]

Stay in 1 place while you are speaking and avoid pacing or fidgeting. It is okay to move once in a while during your speech, but make sure that you move with purpose and stop speaking whenever you change locations. When you get to the new location, plant your feet firmly beneath your shoulders and stand tall while you are speaking.[13]
Avoid swaying back and forth while you are speaking. This gives the impression of uncertainty and can be distracting to your audience.

Engage with your audience to keep them interested. Think about how you might tell your story to a friend and talk to the audience in a similar way. If there is anything in your speech that might be unfamiliar or confusing, take a moment to put it into terms your audience can understand.[14]
Make sure to compliment the audience on their competence, accomplishments, or anything else you know about them.

Make eye contact with 1 person at a time during your speech. Look for a friendly face in the audience and lock eyes with them for a few seconds. Then, scan the audience again and lock eyes with someone else. Continue to do this throughout your speech to connect with your audience.[15]
Avoid looking up, down, or off in the distance. This will give the impression that you are nervous and detract from your credibility.

Gesture with your hands for emphasis occasionally. While waving your hands constantly while you are speaking can be distracting, the occasional hand gesture can add emphasis to your speech. Try raising 1 or both hands to emphasize a point once every few minutes. Keep your hands relaxed and at your sides the rest of the time.[16]
Don’t put your hands in your pockets, clasp them together, or cross your arms. These are defensive postures that will make you seem nervous.

Avoid fidgeting with objects, such as a microphone, water bottle, or your cell phone during the speech. This will be distracting for your audience.

If you need to hold a microphone, hold it in 1 hand. Don’t pass it back and forth.

Project your voice to the last row if you don’t have a microphone. If you end up giving a speech to a group of people without the benefit of a microphone, you will need to speak up to compensate. It might seem like you are yelling at first, but this is better than speaking so quietly that some audience members won’t be able to hear you.[17]
Take deep breaths and use your diaphragm to help you project your voice from your belly, rather than from your chest or throat.

Watch videos of your speeches to improve your performance. Have a friend or family member record you while you are giving your speech. Then, watch it later and look for areas that you might improve. Ask for feedback from friends, family, or a public speaking coach as well.[18]
For example, if you notice that you tend to say “um” or clear your throat a lot during a speech, then you could work on correcting this behavior.

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