Fashion has always been influenced by a variety of sources: designers, on their creative process, draw inspiration from whatever strikes them at a particular time. Some of the most iconic pieces and trends are captured from specific alternative contexts and then translated into fashion.
Two of the major current topics of the inspirational field are related to the Armed Forces (specifically the Army and Navy). This year was marked by naval and military motifs in all kinds of garments: striped t-shirts, peacoats, military jackets and shirts or combat boots. Despite the fact that some of the most renowned designers out there are dishing out their own versions of these items (some ridiculously overpriced), the truth is that they were originally produced for purposes other than fashion. So, the question is, why not go for the originals?
On my strolls around town I’ve found several hunting supplies stores filled with outstanding products such as vests, sweaters, pants, waxed jackets and boots. Besides familiar quality labels such as Barbour and Belstaff, you’ll be able to find amazing items from lesser known brands at great prices. The best part about it? These are garments that are meant to last and withstand harsh environmental conditions, so quality of construction and durability is assured. As far as naval pieces, you can try to score vintage items from thrift stores (peacoats are a regular find) or search for official manufacturers of navy uniforms such as Schott N.Y.C..
I’ve recently purchased a Barbour Eskdale Waistcoat at a hunting supplies store for a fraction of the price and I’ve got my eyes set on a great sweater. Here are some pics.