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The M65 Fatigue Jacket feat. Gagan Singh

October 25th, 2012

When we first met Gagan Singh at our Articles of Style event last year, he was rocking this badass military jacket. Since then he’s become a friend of the Articles of Style crew and we’re happy to have him back on the site.

“Probably the biggest influence on my personal style has been the military. Duffle coats, peacoats, desert boots, aviators, khakis, etc.  These pieces were introduced to civilians via post-war surplus and they’ve become classics ever since.

I’ve always been fascinated by the history behind these pieces and how they’ve become a mainstream part of everyday life.

The M-65 field jacket, for example, is the perfect transitional jacket and has become a staple in my wardrobe.”

Here, the NYU graduate (as previously featured here) shows us three versatile ways to wear it.


1. Business Casual

The M-1965 jacket, named after the year it was introduced by the US military, is characterized by it’s four front patch pockets, shoulder epaulets, and removable hood (although there have been countless versions inspired by the original, like this one by JCrew for example).

Check your local vintage and military surplus store for an authentic original in all it’s glory.

Here Gagan layers it over a chunky cardigan with chinos and desert boots – perfect for commuting to the office on a brisk Fall morning.

“The desert boots I’ve had for a couple years now. Initially, when the indigo dye from my jeans ran on them I wanted to clean it off…but now I really appreciate it. It gives them a worn look with real character.

Just like the M-65, they get better with age.”


Royal Cotton Trouser

  • Tortoiseshell sunglasses by Ray Ban ·
  • Olive M65 jacket by J.Crew ·
  • Navy toggle cardigan by BDG ·
  • Stonewashed oxford shirt by J. Crew ·
  • Tan suede desert boots by Clarks ·
  • Canvas duffle bag by J.Crew
  • · Navy chinos by H&M

2. To the Office

Yes, you can wear it over a tailored jacket. I’m all about creating a juxtaposition between casual/utilitarian elements and formal/business ones. Just make sure it’s slightly longer than the blazer or suit jacket.

What I love most about Gagan’s style is that it’s timeless and rooted in menswear classics. See here

“Ah, the Bass Weejuns.

I’ve worn these on Articles of Style before…if you don’t own a pair by now, I’m not sure why you’re still here reading this.”


Khaki Cotton Trouser

Sky Blue Broadcloth Shirt

3. Casual Weekender

Of course, it’s a great everyday casual jacket too.

Best part is, there is plenty of storage for your daily carry – cell phone, keys, wallet, shades, gloves, small book, secret stash…whatever your pleasure.

“During my last trip to India I found these awesome leather espadrilles. I bought them in black and brown and they were pretty much the only shoes I wore all summer.

This particular pair is actually an early sample of a luxury espadrilles line that I’m working on…made in India.”

  • Black aviator sunglasses by Ray Ban ·
  • Olive M65 jacket by J.Crew ·
  • Knit sweater by Industry of All Nations ·
  • Faja belt by Industry of All Nations ·
  • Indigo jeans by Uniqlo ·
  • Black leather espadrilles Custom Made

Thanks for reading, and special thanks to Gagan for participating.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style


Photography by Alex Crawford.