That means, of course, for the modern sarotrialst of wearing not only a poppy (which is a must on such a day of remembrance) but also all manner of military-inspired garb that has transitional (transcendent) merit that reaches beyond such marked occasions: think bomber jackets, trench and officer’s coats, henley’s, military boots…to name but an immediate few that come to mind and can be worn year round.
Leaning upon what is a classic military colour palette marked by muted greens, browns, and blues that have been fashioned upon hardy fabrications and finished with universally flattering cuts, both of these handsome military silhouettes (as well as military uniformity on a whole) are profoundly clean and streamlined in structure, undeniably masculine in essence, practical in styling, and utilitarian in their contemporary applicational versatility.
Simply put, no man will look bad in either of these tastefully curated odes to our armed forces — both past and present.
TODD SNYDER NYLON PILOT BOMBER || TOPMAN NAVY WOOL BLEND SKINNY CHINO || TODD SNYDER HEAVY STITCH CREWNECK JUMPER || TIMEX EXPEDITION CHRONOGRAPH || TRICKER’S LIMITED EDITION LEATHER BROGUE BOOT
On the casual hand, an aviator bomber that is fashioned in the colour of the season — green — is something that has deep military roots, looks smashing on any gent, and affords a great deal of warmth to its bearer when worn on (what may well be) a brisk autumn morning as you stand in a salute of sombre silence whilst paying your respects as the clock rings in the 11th hour on November 11th.
Forged in the cockpit of conflict and borne out of functional necessity, the pilot aviator jacket (originally fashioned in leather; here in a military grade nylon and 100% Melton wool blend) is purposefully cropped to comfortably sit upon ones waist (for sitting in the cockpit) and arrives boasting a thick (and warming) shearling collar that is proportionately juxtaposed by a flattering slim fit — both active and ruggedly sportive in its innovative spirit.
Pairing perfectly with a camel heavy stitch crewneck jumper, navy (wool) skinny chinos, a chronograph watch, and a pair of fanciful brogue cap-toed military-inspired boots, it is — in reflective totality — a look in which form follows function and where a unison between what is a respectful uniformed armed forces homage meets that of a transitionally viable modern aesthetic.
POLO RALPH LAUREN WOOL TWILL SPORT COAT || INDOCHINO WHITE DOBBY TWIL SHIRT ||
TOPMAN GREY WOOL TROUSERS || CHURCH’S BLACK POLISHED OXFORDS
On the other end of the spectrum (and opposite hand as it were), a tailored camelhair officer’s coat — whose fabrication is richly luxurious yet extremely practical and durable — anchored by grey (pleated) wool trousers, a white twill dress shirt and a tonally accentuating regimented tie that is topped off with a navy sport coat/blazer (with natural shoulders and gold buttons) and black polished oxfords will bring a touch of sophisticated military uniformity to your daily style rotation that looks as good sported to the office as it ever could (with a few alternative components thrown in here-and-there) upon the battle field.
The officer’s coat in particular, which is finely finished with horn buttons and two front patch and vertical slit chest pockets each, is a statement making piece that is innately imbued with both rugged militaristic panache and tailored formal aptitude. As for the rest of the accompanying pieces, they are all wardrobe staples every gentleman of considered style should already have at his creative disposal and be comfortable wearing whether in any manner.
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