Since today is Memorial Day in the US, let’s talk about military dress. In these photos, you’ll see hints of some of the key dimensions of men’s clothing – color, cloth, multiple levels of formality (not just one!) and the peaceful coexistence of utility and ornamentation (e.g. regarding accessories).

 

Field jacket

Why is all of this relevant to men’s clothing? Because military dress is probably one of the two or three most important historical sources and influences on men’s clothing. I’ll leave it to my informed readers to infer the others.

Additional links
AskAndy thread on military uniforms, with a useful post on 20th century service and dress uniforms
AskAndy thread on military tailors in the US, UK and Italy

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