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Here's a nice coat worn by Prince Edward. I really like the 1990s proportions.
Genuine military surplus?? I had no idea they did that, but I guess it makes sense they'd buy warehouse of stuff or a hundred boxes of something and why not flog them.Thanks A LOT for posting that link Tiki Tom. I loved those catalogues, the art, and many of their choices. I see they even offered those old German extreme cold weather fatigues. I'd forgotten they sometimes sold military surplus.
If you're interested in safari and bush jackets there's a really good thread in the Great Outdoors sub-forum here which has lots of cool jackets posted and discussion. I recommend checking it out. Here's the link:Do you remember Simon & Simon On Tv in the early 1980s?
Rick Simon wore a I know now is a safari jacket.
Seems to me that would be a nice light summer jacket.
These WGerman pants were practically give-aways back then. I have a couple pairs, and I don't think I paid more than $5 for them. Great little blog article on them. Same Banana Republic catalog page as that wool trench.Genuine military surplus?? I had no idea they did that, but I guess it makes sense they'd buy warehouse of stuff or a hundred boxes of something and why not flog them.
@Retired EE, thanks for the post. Fashion trends come and go, but the iconic trench coat will remain stylish in our lifetime and beyond. I say put your sartorial knowledge to good use and wear your coat. If it doesn't fit, find a new one and rock it.
Yes, fewer people wear them than in the past. But the good news is there are many good ones available at thrift stores at bargain prices. That's how I found my vintage 1960s BB jacket. It has all the bells and whistles, including the wool lining.
Thanks for your nice comments. My trench fits great but I could’ve centered the buckle a little better!Thank you for your kind remarks. I agree with you that the trench coat is still quite stylish. During this past Christmas season, at our daughter's family get together, her sister-in-law was wearing a tan colored Burberry trench coat given to her from her grandmother (whose in her mid-80s and was also present at the party). She's in her early twenties and it really looked very stylish. I gave her a positive compliment on the coat and overheard her excitedly telling her grandmother about my compliment. I gave her a brief history of Burberry's trench coats, and she appeared to be very happy with her inheritance. My wife's Burberry trench coat is crimson in color. With her gray hair, black leather gloves and black leather purse she looks stylistically spectacular when she wears it when we go to a restaurant or to family events.
Yours looks great on you. It's nearly identical to mine. Mine's somewhat more olive tinted, and has a small button at the bottom of the front which engages a hidden flap on the other side of the coat bottom (securing the bottom-front of the coat from head-on wind). Be careful storing your coat during the off season. I hung mine in the closet without a garment bag and the wool collar and wool lining have several moth (larvae) "nibble" marks. All my wool coats and clothes are now stored in cotton canvas garment bags or in a cedar/camphor wood chest.
I'm working to get the pounds off and hopefully the old coat will fit me again in the near future.
I had a new-old-stock unworn USMC coat last year, in the discontinued pewter colour, but never wore it since it was too big. I'm a 42L and it was a 42L but it fit 'big' and I pretty much needed a 40L. They're pretty generous. The USMC all weather coats are now black, same as the Army coats; I think the USN does black too, but they have peacoats; the USAF still uses dark blue. There's always a bunch of e-bay for reasonable prices, even for unworn or lightly worn coats, so you should have no probs finding one.I need to try to find my old All Weather Coat. I know it won't fit anymore, I'm a good bit bigger than I was in my lean and mean days in the Marine Corps. Perhaps I'll just try to track down one in my current size, I think it would be a great addition after all those years of not really needing it.