This post was originally published on Haute and the City.
As a minor fashion writer in New York City, I frequently find my inbox majorly full of invitations, press releases and the latest editions of online publications. One of those said e-mails contained a piece from Not Just a Label entitled, “Military Tailoring.”
I stopped myself from instinctively clicking “delete” and pondered for a moment; “what IS the big deal about military style?”
According to Paris, military-inspired looks are not going anywhere anytime soon (please note the Spring 2011 looks from Balmain featured throughout this post). So, maybe it’s time we take notice of this obviously-important design aesthetic.
According to Michael Skinner, who was interviewed for the Not Just a Label interview,
“all service uniforms… are all cut to fit the body. There is no allowance for slack or ease. The concept is that the uniform should not be skin-tight but should hug the body, in order for the guard or officer to have complete freedom of movement. This creates a stiff, sharp bodyline, but allows the wearer the ability to move fast and freely.”
Essentially, military uniforms were designed to allow warriors to burst into attack without the worry of ripping the seams of their skinny jeans.
Okay, that’s pretty hot.
The article goes on to describe how the jacket seam, which runs from the underarm to the back (as opposed to the side), helps create a shell which “forces the wearer to stand upright by giving him a concave back and a convex chest with very little effort.”
So, here we have that military uniforms also force these psychotically fit men to stand perfectly upright (a sign of confidence, power, overall manliness).
I’m not mad!
I think it’s important to appreciate the military aesthetic; it represents honor, courage, bravery, respect.
You know, all those manly things.
Happy Veteran’s Day!
Photos courtesy of The Fashionisto.