A Century of Menswear – Decade Inspirations Look 3
March 19th, 2012
1940’s – Military Issued
“Many items of [military] uniform have travelled into the fashonale mainstream (in the late 1940s and early 1950s, much of it via the black market). Airforce bomber jackets, [camouflage pattern], Navy coats and heavy-knit sailor’s sweaters were taken up by youths who were lucky enough not to have had to wear them, some making them into symbols of resistance against conventional society along the way – and they remain fashion classics today” (Blackman, 50-51).
Take-Away Tip: Official military issued garments (think heavy wool pea coats, cotton gaberdine trench coats, leather bomber jackets, etc.) last the test of time – both because they are classic in style and very well-made. This vintage navy-issued peacoat, for example, weighs over 5 pounds and is virtually indestructible. This is the type of garments that I will wear for the rest of my life, and it will remain in good condition long after I will.