Most modern menswear has some ties to military uniforms from the past, like the popular pea coat that got it’s start in the navy, or the fact that camo prints never seem to go out of style. And while army surplus stores can be a source for some good finds, we’re more interested in designers’ luxurious reinterpretations of rugged staples, perfect for a weekend in the city.
A nylon or leather bomber is classic, but also expected. This jacket takes the familiar silhouette and updates it with a texture wool body, cream shearling collar, and prominent elasticized cuffs at the wrists and waist.
Knitwear often found it’s way into uniforms, though, admittedly, a cashmere cable knit is decidedly more preppy than military. The light cream colour plays well with the rich hues of the jacket and pants.
Modern cargo pants should be just as trim as your other trousers, with the pockets sitting higher on the leg instead of right at the knee, and luxe colours, like this merlot, are more exciting than basic beige.
The matte brown metal used on these aviators is a modern, and more understated, choice than shiny silver or flashy gold, while the subtle branding and tortoiseshell earpieces are classy touches.
Who says belts can only be black or brown leather? This woven belt is a comfortable alternative, thanks it’s flexible (and forgiving) construction), while the choice of navy is a versatile alternative to traditional colours.
This chukka boot is a dressier take on the desert boot, with a structured suede upper rendered in a warmer shade of brown, paired with a traditional crepe sole in place of leather.