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Egotist
07-25-2010, 08:58 PM
Anybody else like military wear? Both field uniforms(camoflage), and service uniforms(dress coat/pants). The 1930s-40s were a good era for service dress. Trenchcoats and leather gloves? Crusher hats, shoulder tassels, embroider rank... It's badass, it's authoritarian.

supergeekgirl
07-26-2010, 10:18 AM
I do like military wear. I've been collecting coats, dress uniforms, flight suits, insignia, caps, and the like since high school. Some people find it disrespectful, so be careful how you wear it (I used to wear some things in a disrespectful way in high school but learned not to as I got older). Heck, there are a ton of subcultures that wear military gear and uniform pieces, so I'm sure you'll find others.

Mehdia
07-26-2010, 11:46 PM
I actually love to design and make clothing using military structure as a basis without it being actual military. I love the form of a fitted service dress uniform and the formality of how to wear all the ranks, ribbons, and details. It's one way of being so structured and organized without appearing to be stuffy I think.

SourCherryTwist
08-11-2010, 05:30 AM
be careful if you wear one of our uniforms...some people dont really like it...and NEVER wear a ribbon you didnt earn. it CAN be a federal offense. I personally dont care, but not everyone cares its just a fashion statement. im not trying to be a jerk, but you must realize, we servicemembers had to EARN our rank, ribbons and medals.

EvanKrell
08-12-2010, 11:46 PM
Because of my love of ocean/sailor type stuff (thanks 20000 Leagues Under the Sea!), I often wear an admiral jacket that I got for 2 bucks. I removed the rank insignias though.

I also adore this military-style jacket I picked up for 2 bucks from a garage sale- hand tailored. It is incredible.

http://i36.tinypic.com/34y4qwj.jpg

But, yeah, I use a lot of military pieces in my daily wear, but with a focus on older military. Pith helmets, trenchcoats, etc.

Egotist
08-16-2010, 07:39 PM
@ Sourcherrytwist: I know your feelings, I am military, and love it's historic uniforms.
@ EvanKrell: Same here, bud. I tried to incorporate camoflague with my regular wear, but it didn't work so well.

Leadmill
08-17-2010, 06:14 PM
I mix military asthetic with my gothic attire. I have some pictures somewhere of a recent cosplay ball I attended which gave me the oppertunity to try out some ideas :)

Volnixshin
11-15-2010, 11:11 AM
I own a few 30's military vests, coats, boots, and gloves. I wear them occasionally, more so now that it is getting cold

mouseomo
12-28-2010, 10:40 AM
I do, though most is huge -me being a teenage girl. Generally, it's mixed with Gothic elements. Like others have said, i remove the ranks and rewards.

ManiacMarshall
12-28-2010, 10:45 AM
I wear a uniform five days a week. Why the hell would I want to wear it in my off time?

PeaceOfMind
12-29-2010, 10:00 PM
I LOVE military styles. I have some clothes that aren't really military, just military-inspired but are still pretty damn awesome. I also have some olive drab BDU's that I bought for cosplay but I wear the top and bottoms sometimes (separately).

I know that you shouldn't wear any ribbons or insignias, but is there anything else about wearing military things that could be considered offensive? I don't want to unknowingly offend someone.

Alliekitten
03-16-2011, 11:18 PM
Have a military fashion fetish. Love the Nazi SS uniforms the most (it's unfortunate about what their purpose was, because their uniforms were so awesome looking)
Russian uniforms I like as well.
American ones I'm not as into except for maybe marines (like the jacket with the red trim)

Some things that are offensive to people are the nazi symbol and yes, wearing medals that you did not earn. There will always be the few who get offended when you wear military fashion.
Going to goth clubs and being dressed up, I've had people in the military come up to me and say- "You're an idiot for dressing that way and I think you're dumb and dumb looking!" (paraphrasing) so I respond by saying: (and this is my response- I am not trying to start an argument or debate here, just merely stating how I respond) "I don't think you're very bright yourself signing up for the military and fighting/dying for a country that doesn't care about you"

So really, what I'm saying is, if you are going to dress military, then be ready to have people come up to you and let their opinions be heard. That doesn't mean you can't shoot back with your own opinion.

Emiko87
03-19-2011, 01:16 AM
My dad was in the marines in the 80's (during peacetime) and I snitched one of his old fatigue shirts (the camo button-front ones with 4 pockets) and wear it as a jacket. A couple of people have actually complimented me on it lol. I'd like to get a pair of combat boots because they look really awesome, plus I tend to be fairly hard on my footwear so I want some tough shoes I can wear all over, but I haven't found any yet (I don't like to order things off the internet, so I've got to find a military surplus store if I want a pair and I haven't had the time to look for one.)

To Alliekitten: Regardless of whether you consider our soldiers "bright" or not, and regardless of your opinion of the country in general, it is not appropriate to respond to criticism of your fashion choices by insulting their career choice, inasmuch as they've voluntarily put themselves in a job where they put their own lives and safety on the line to defend yours.

The Seventh Sea
03-19-2011, 07:41 AM
Some military folks can be alittle over passionate, even when you give an explaination. Before I joined the Air Force, I used to wear a Dark Angels pendant from the Black Library (Warhammer 40K) and some Ranger mistook it as a badge from a different unit. I explained to him it was from a tabletop game and thinking he was interested in it, I asked him if he'd like to know where I got it. "No thanks, I wear what I earn f*****..." then he storms off.

Of course, I was pretty tired at work, so it didn't register until the end of the day.

Amaraeon
03-20-2011, 12:15 PM
Some people who are in the military can be a bit *touchy* when it comes to uniforms as fashion. Being former military myself I can sympathize - but as long as the person is not trying to pretend they are actually military when they're not, or displaying insignia they didn't earn ( made up or fan referenced stuff is all cool with me ) then I really don't give a rat's behind.

For myself I tend to go with either really old school uniforms - WWI or before - with a modern twist or futuristic styles that I know do not overlap with any uniforms currently in use. I find it just gets rid of a lot of the hassle of people assuming ( remember what that's short for ^.~) that I'm trying to be insulting / young and stupid / disrespectful.

Formalhaut
03-21-2011, 03:40 AM
Have a military fashion fetish. Love the Nazi SS uniforms the most (it's unfortunate about what their purpose was, because their uniforms were so awesome looking)
Russian uniforms I like as well.
American ones I'm not as into except for maybe marines (like the jacket with the red trim)

Some things that are offensive to people are the nazi symbol and yes, wearing medals that you did not earn. There will always be the few who get offended when you wear military fashion.
Going to goth clubs and being dressed up, I've had people in the military come up to me and say- "You're an idiot for dressing that way and I think you're dumb and dumb looking!" (paraphrasing) so I respond by saying: (and this is my response- I am not trying to start an argument or debate here, just merely stating how I respond) "I don't think you're very bright yourself signing up for the military and fighting/dying for a country that doesn't care about you"

So really, what I'm saying is, if you are going to dress military, then be ready to have people come up to you and let their opinions be heard. That doesn't mean you can't shoot back with your own opinion.


you know what? as much as I despise the fact that you just spit on what I do with my life, Im cool with it, and I will defend youre right to say it to the death. just dont ever say it my face.

also, speaking of military fashion: why is it...so many female marines wear the pants with the dress uniform?! the skirts look SO MUCH BETTER! hence why I wear em when I break out my blues ^_^

Dengeki-kun
03-22-2011, 04:03 AM
I have some combat boots that resemble some of the 1940s style combat boots. And the website I got them from also has a long list of other combat boots that are all hand-made and authentic leather. I even found one that has a holster for a combat knife on the side of the boots

Magical Machete
04-18-2011, 05:51 AM
I personally think people wearing US military uniforms when not is the military is tacky. ^ ^;;; Well,,, The camo aspect of it. I can see why you could possibly like the dress uniforms... But I see far too many people running around in digi camo bottoms, a BDU top, and then something stupid like flip flops. lol IDK. Maybe if I saw someone make a decent outfit I wouldnt be so appalled. LOL

And even though I am in the Army, one of my good friends owns an SS Nazi uniform that ran him about $600. It's completely accurate from the material to the trim and buttons. ^ ^ I love it to bits. LOL When I'm freezing at a con cause I'm too lazy to line my cosplays, the jacket from that uniform is more than enough to keep me warm xD

Also, please don't wear ribbons you didnt earn... That's a big no-no. Because it's against the law. We enlisted so that the people who aren't serving don't have to. Without us fighting voluntarily, you or your loved ones would be drafted. So don't be so cruel to the military. We give away our rights so you can keep yours.

The Seventh Sea
04-18-2011, 04:38 PM
Also, please don't wear ribbons you didnt earn... That's a big no-no. Because it's against the law. We enlisted so that the people who aren't serving don't have to. Without us fighting voluntarily, you or your loved ones would be drafted. So don't be so cruel to the military. We give away our rights so you can keep yours.

I thought they did away with that after axing the Stolen Valor Act, saying it was unconstitutional.

But then again, I haven't been keeping up with the entire thing. I got an aquaintance that wears Navy uniforms out in public despite not military himself. Says he's going to join the US Coast Guard after HS after since their uniforms are cool and makes a big deal that he got some congressman or commander to allow him to wear uniforms in public. Loves saying HOORAH a lot too...

Magical Machete
04-19-2011, 01:20 AM
I thought they did away with that after axing the Stolen Valor Act, saying it was unconstitutional.

But then again, I haven't been keeping up with the entire thing. I got an aquaintance that wears Navy uniforms out in public despite not military himself. Says he's going to join the US Coast Guard after HS after since their uniforms are cool and makes a big deal that he got some congressman or commander to allow him to wear uniforms in public. Loves saying HOORAH a lot too...
IDK. Last year I was told it was still in effect.

I don't like the sound of your friend. He's a fraud.

I honestly don't care at this point. I'm serving a country full of ungrateful pigs anyways, so them lying about serving or earning medals shouldn't even matter to me anymore. I should have done that instead of actually joining. Some of those people who say they were prior service made more money off of that than I actually make now...

Kelley
04-19-2011, 01:42 AM
Mainstream fashion has been influenced by military dress trends for literally centuries. The clothes you wear today wouldn't be the same if it hadn't.

Clothes fit better and are more comfortable because of the military's influence.





And, really, the world isn't perfect, we aren't at a point where we can just stop having a military and be Flowers and Bunnies Okay. If there weren't those Stupid People in the Military, kids wouldn't get to be Stupid People Not in the Military and you'd have even fewer freedoms to play around with. :)

I'm not in the military - I'm not even patriotic, I'm just realistic. As cliché as it is - freedom actually isn't free, and while many things suck, they could still suck more.

The Seventh Sea
04-19-2011, 02:36 AM
IDK. Last year I was told it was still in effect.

I don't like the sound of your friend. He's a fraud.

I honestly don't care at this point. I'm serving a country full of ungrateful pigs anyways, so them lying about serving or earning medals shouldn't even matter to me anymore. I should have done that instead of actually joining. Some of those people who say they were prior service made more money off of that than I actually make now...

I don't know if I'd go that far about the pig thing, though when I see "Proud of You" propaganda on AFN, I feel like that's a load of bull.

lol you should meet this friend of mine and listen to his stories.

I still like how he goes on about how digital camo is useless and its not as cool as Coast Guard uniforms. >>...

I have a feeling he's going to be one of those Jodys

Magical Machete
04-19-2011, 03:04 AM
I don't know if I'd go that far about the pig thing, though when I see "Proud of You" propaganda on AFN, I feel like that's a load of bull.

lol you should meet this friend of mine and listen to his stories.

I still like how he goes on about how digital camo is useless and its not as cool as Coast Guard uniforms. >>...

I have a feeling he's going to be one of those Jodys
I have never been harassed or verbally/physically attacked in my entire life as I have since joining the Army. People find out I'm a soldier and comment about how I've wasted my life or I'm a murderer... And it's almost always by Americans. Americans who later complain about not having freedom, not getting paid enough, or having poor health care. They've obviously never seen how little I get paid or been to an Army medical center. Americans are so incredibly lazy and rude. I also feel like all their pride is fake. how can you be proud of a country that willingly would let their people suffer to make on political party look bad?

Right... He's in HS, he doesn't have any stories I haven't heard or I would find interesting...

lul. The coast guard has better uniforms than digicamo? Right...

The Seventh Sea
04-19-2011, 03:08 AM
Right... He's in HS, he doesn't have any stories I haven't heard or I would find interesting...

lul. The coast guard has better uniforms than digicamo? Right...

Ahh, you make-ah me smile

Yeah, I've been called names too and lots friends because of my choice to join. I think they called me....oh yeah a "Baby Burning Nazi"!

They used to ask all the time when I'll see the light and working in a factory of murder. >>..

Magical Machete
04-19-2011, 05:21 AM
Yup cause you know... we totally eat babies for breakfast, women for lunch, and the elderly for dinner.

The Seventh Sea
04-19-2011, 07:00 AM
Yup cause you know... we totally eat babies for breakfast, women for lunch, and the elderly for dinner.

yeah, totally. baby back ribs and all!

Magical Machete
04-19-2011, 07:57 AM
yeah, totally. baby back ribs and all!
of course! thats the best part! then, you can string the bones together and make a cool necklace. ; D

The Seventh Sea
04-19-2011, 04:59 PM
of course! thats the best part! then, you can string the bones together and make a cool necklace. ; D

War Fashion baby!!! >=D

Magical Machete
04-19-2011, 10:35 PM
War Fashion baby!!! >=D
Thats true military fashion. wanna dress like the military, wear dead babies <3

924man
11-01-2011, 03:36 PM
i think the best military cloths are from nazi and soviet era, nazi had had lots of leather and soviets had lots of camo

scareXalchemist
12-18-2012, 10:46 PM
personally as a son of a military man (21 years army lt colonel and hes still going)
i think that a soldier who has served should be proud to see a civi wearing the uniform albeit not in the same manner but for me when i wear it, im saying im proud of the men and women who serve this country have saved me from tryanny and pain and suffering and protect my friends and family, and i wear it in honor of you brave people.
although i do have some old stuff my dad gave me when they switched over to acu's that he had ripped into shorts and vests, but still he wore those when he was serving at one point so it makes me proud to wear them

scareXalchemist
12-18-2012, 10:48 PM
also i love the old bomber and olive drab uniforms, and combat boots are a staple in my fashin
and the hats of many different countrys officers that i collected when i lived in germany are great to