Bumping into old friends and classmates at UFV is a regular phenomenon, and this week was no exception. I ran into a good friend and fellow student, Mohamed Ali, who has been here for roughly four years. With minors in communications and English and still going strong, he was sporting black boots, jeans, and a soft charcoal grey sweater. However, the piece that stood out the most was an iconic cotton twill jacket, also charcoal grey, and reminiscent of World War II airmen. He describes his style as casual chic and his favourite go-to staples for the fall are scarves and hats, saying, “They give you the essence of fall.”
Fall fashions for men usually stay the same year to year, giving them a timeless style that remains classic and true. According to an article from military-style clothing manufacturer Private White V.C., the military jacket was heavily entrenched in British history. The jacket has been seen in various forms, such as the iconic red coat from the 1700s, which was seen as both threatening and patriotic. It was said to create fear in their opponents, and was one of the first times in history that an army’s uniform gave off messages or showed characteristics of their soldiers to others.
According to the same article, before and during the First World War the jacket was an important and necessary part of the British uniform. The military has always screamed strong masculinity and discipline, which has been transferred into a fashion statement. Actually, many styles men and women wear were first introduced or significantly used in the army and navy during war times. This fall, army attire is a big hit and can be found in many stores all over the world. Its generally simple lines and relaxed fit make these fashion items a worthwhile investment. The military jacket is a transitional item that can be worn from season to season. It is a unisex trend, looking great on both men and women, and can come in many variations of length, collars, and colours. So this season, try an army-inspired military jacket and roam the halls in cool style.