Must Have Military Menswear
Throughout modern and ancient history each chapter has contained its fair share of wars. Whilst it is mind boggling how mankind can continue to repeat similar mistakes over and over again and continue to go to war, there is potentially one silver lining – men’s fashion.
What is Military Menswear?
In the last century there have been a number of high profile conflicts, all of which have been particularly unfavourable, however without them men’s fashion may have been stuck in the stone ages.
There is something that keeps drawing men back to military fashion, maybe it’s the undeniably practical functionality of military menswear. Let’s face it, most men are practical, but what cannot be questioned is the continual appeal to military menswear and we have compiled all of our favourite pieces so you need not look any further.
The Bomber Jacket
What an opener. We couldn’t talk about the best military menswear without mentioning the bomber jacket, so we thought it was a great place to start.
What is the Bomber Jacket?
The bomber jacket was initially designed for to keep fighter pilots warm whilst they were in the cockpits. They were also designed to keep them warm from the elements should they be shot down in battle. Originally these menswear pieces would have been made from leather and lined with sheepskin – much like a modern day aviator jacket. However, in today’s market we often see the MA1 style bomber jacket. An extremely versatile piece that looks great with blue or black jeans and a fresh white t shirt for a casual look.
The White T Shirt
The classic white crew neck is potentially the most iconic pieces of menswear ever to grace the planet. And guess where it started life? In the military.
Surprisingly, this stalwart piece of menswear was first issued as an undergarment and made its appearance in the US navy in 1910. It wasn’t long before all the military were wearing them and wasn’t long before the lieutenants of fashion had them on as well. It was plain sailing from there.
The Chino Trousers
The chino trousers are the only runner in the race when it comes to the perfect in between smart/casual affair and they provide an extremely versatile and stylish look all year round.
What are Chino Trousers?
First used to cover British soldiers stationed in India they were designed in light shades of brown or a sandy colour. It wasn’t long before the college campuses of the US had stolen this trend and now you would have to go a long way to find someone that doesn’t own a pair.
The Desert Boot
What are Desert Boots?
Desert boots have become one of the most popular shoes on the market. However, they first came to the forefront in Burma in the 1940’s.
Since then the fashionable boot has been modified and adapted every way possible, but the standard desert boot still remains the most versatile and popular shoe.
Opt for suede and team these with a pair of denim jeans for the best look.
The Pea Coat
What is the Pea Coat?
The pea coat made its name on the seas. First designed to keep sailors warm, the pea coat was made extremely thick from fabrics such as wool and can still be found like this today although they may come at more of price (but well worth it if you can stretch that far).
The most popular styles are those that remain close to the original – double breasted, cropped and full of detail. The pea coat is a menswear essential that cannot be missed.
The Final Say – Military Wear
It is clear to see that military style has inspired menswear throughout history and that some of pieces are integral in every man’s wardrobe. Remember, the basis of these outfits start with the basics, you are going to need a fresh white crew neck to push your style game to the next level. Take a look at all of our military inspiration here.