Summer is over and I couldn’t be happier. Jacket weather is here for the next eight months. There are a lot of new khaki coats and army style jackets in the shops these days although it’s a long-time classic look that never goes out of style. I recommend that you skip the mall, pass on all of the newly released versions and go for the real deal. Government-issued military jackets can always be found in thrift stores and vintage clothing stores in abundance.
I’m lucky to have my Dad’s army jacket from 1966 but I still can’t help myself to browse vintage army jackets when I see them. You cannot beat the quality of vintage military clothing. It’s rugged and well made. In retail stores now, some “army” jackets also come with patches and accouterments to give them an authentic vibe and they can never be.
It’s interesting to me to think about the previous owners and how the uniforms became so personal to each person with the patches and pins that they acquired over the course of their service. I fully endorse the trend. It’s super cool. It’s even better when we can breathe new life into old stock and bring it forward a generation or two.