Military influences are everywhere in menswear, whether it’s cargo pants, pea coats, or the evergreen camo print. And while these utilitarian-inspired clothes are reliable staples, they’ve also become so ubiquitous that they don’t really feel special anymore. So shake things up by tracking down a couple pieces that reinvigorate their military heritage with unique designs and fabrications for a take on uniform dressing that still feels fresh.
The bomber is all grown up at Maison Margiela. Inspired by the shape of the classic military jacket, this iteration is slimmed down and done up in a blended, textured fabric. The steely grey and matte hardware are understated and stylish touches that you definitely won’t find at an army surplus.
Logo tops have slowly been making a comeback, so why not ease back into it by choosing something inspired by the logo-mania of the early aughts without being too on the nose? A classic crewneck sweater with collegiate lettering seems like the right place to start.
The black jeans from the ’90s were scary, shapeless things, but thankfully plenty has changed since then, and it’s about time you discover the darker side of denim. A slim cut in a uniform wash is key, and an added bit of stretch will make moving around and breaking them in a breeze.
That wind just won’t let up, so while you can (finally!) put the parka away, keep a toque on hand. Opening Ceremony has a reputation for stocking, and designing, avant-garde creations, but they also make reliable staples, just like this grey hat.
As opposed to a simple computer generated pattern, this camo print has been painstakingly assembled piece by piece. While that description may sound precious, this felt tote is actually hardy and perfect for running those weekend errands.
An archival style resurrected, the suede and mesh upper pays homage to Adidas’ ’93 Equipment shoe. It has been paired with an ultramodern Boost sole that is equal parts cushy and sturdy so you’re comfortable no matter how far you walk, even if it’s just around the corner for takeout.