It used to be that if you wanted a military jacket, you went to your military surplus store and bought one. The prices ranged depending on the age of the coat and whether it qualified for historical re-enactment, but you pretty much wore it because you wanted something more durable than fashionâ€™s attention span. Actual military and camping types go for them, as do members of the punk and goth movement, since most of what forms that aesthetic comes from a certain post-apocalyptic appreciation where sewing skills and secondhand would thrive.
Iâ€™m bemused by the fashion takes on them, and Iâ€™m opting to blame them on the rising popularity of Captain Jack Harkness. Every character he encounters has to comment on his WWII Brit military coat. It sticks. I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if a few fatshionistas also wanted a piece of that admiration. Even without it, the interpretations entertain me â€“ military seems to cover everything from â€œequestrianâ€ to â€œdouble button.â€
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