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Forever 21 Ripped Off The Army’s PT Shirts And, Somehow, Made Them Even Worse
Boho female retailer Forever 21 has coopted the standard issue Army PT workout shirt and turned it into...um, high fashion? The shirt, which is an exact replica of the one soldiers wear but with a giant knife-slash down the back, is very expensive. It’s also very stupid.
$40 for this? Really?Screenshot by Rebecca Alwine
Army spouse and blogger Rebecca Alwine, who, for obvious reasons, found the shirt completely ridiculous, wrote, “My first thought was ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’”
Alwine went on to explain that her husband has a dozen of these shirts, which he got for free. Now, she regrets not selling these “trendy” cut up Army t-shirts herself. She could’ve made a fortune.
The fashion industry has always been fond of repurposing military apparel for civilian use — think combat boots, trench coats, and camouflage cargo shorts — but this is a step too far. Does it get worse? Yes, it does: Forever 21 has a whole line dedicated to this style, which makes its model look like a fire team that got mauled by a pack of wolves on the way to morning PT.
If you really like these styles, you could just as easily go onto MilitaryClothing.com, buy the exact same shirt for $9.99, and cut it up yourself for a quarter of the cost. That is, if you don’t already have 10 of these just lying around on your barracks room floor.
Forever 21 should take note: Unless it smells like a rancid mixture of puke, sweat, and defeat, the shirt isn’t legit. But, hey, if you’re a drunk 21-year-old girl sporting this at the club, you can probably get it there by the end of the night.
Just before 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning 78 years ago, Lauren Bruner was preparing for church services and a date that would follow with a girl he'd met outside his Navy base.
The 21-year-old sailor was stationed as a fire controlman aboard the U.S. battleship USS Arizona, overseeing the vessel's .50-caliber guns.
Then alarms rang out. A Japanese plane had bombed the ship in a surprise attack.
It took only nine minutes for the Arizona to sink after the first bomb hit. Bruner was struck by gunfire while trying to flee the inferno that consumed the ship, the second-to-last man to escape the explosion that killed 1,177, including his best friend; 335 survived.
More than 70% of Bruner's body was burned. He was hospitalized for weeks.
Now, nearly eight decades after that fateful day, Bruner's ashes will be delivered to the sea that cradled his fallen comrades, stored in an urn inside the battleship's wreckage.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
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