Army Jacket part of the garb

Sign of the War, the Rebellion and Fashion

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Army Jacket part of the garb

Kevin Evangelista, Contributor

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“Half the people on the street are dressed to kill,” says Troy Patterson from The New York Times. Like other trends all of them have an origin or a reason, but this one is special; how does a war color become part of the American vocabulary of dress?

Like blue jeans that gold miners used to wear like a uniform, the color black expressing the urbanism nowadays, or floral colors expressing nature, the army jacket came from the Vietnam War and was “the most professional soldiering image toward its Cold War adversaries,” as Troy Patterson says. It even has a code- “M-65 field jacket.”

This jacket and color not only represented the country in the war or nowadays in the fashion, but also represented a sign against the war ironically; many remember John Lennon at Madison Square Garden wearing the military jacket or Jane Fonda on the free army and other protesters that were analyzed for the book “The Language of Clothes,” by Alison Lurie. The book talks about how the clothes have a great influence in the communication and history; it is possible to understand a personality by looking at what a person is wearing.

This specific jacket with this specific color has marked in history a big influence and this could be a reason why nowadays one of these can be in our closet along with the gold miners uniform to make a good and fresh combination for a casual occasion.

The influence of these big characters could put in massive circulation the replicas of the jackets that at least the 50 % of the population have, which was a sign of war and at the same time an opposition thereof, nowadays it doesn’t matter anymore because people don’t really know what this color and jacket meant in the past.

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