The military usually isn’t the first organization that pops into your mind when someone says “fall fashion.” Just take a quick look around the barracks at the boot Marines and junior soldiers rocking tucked-in polos with undershirts and sneakers for a night out at the local watering hole — not necessarily what you’d expect walking the streets of Madison Avenue. But the times they are a changin,’ and even the biggest brands want a piece of that warfighter style.
Introducing the Vintage Surplus Cozy Fleece Jacket from Urban Outfitters:
There’s something strikingly familiar about this particular garment. Not sure if I’ve seen it paired with a high-waisted jean skirt before, but I’ve certainly seen it somewhere … Oh, that’s right:
Urban Outfitters’ Vintage Surplus Cozy Fleece Jacket, which comes in at $59 and went on sale in late September, is essentially a vaguely stylish knockoff of the off-grey or coyote brown Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS) Fleece Jacket issued to active-duty troops. While it’s certainly cozy, it’s not really vintage — more like the post-9/11 Central Issue Facility fall and winter catalog.
This is hardly the first time an apparel company has pulled inspiration from post-9/11 gear to produce something akin to combat chic, with Nike debuting a familiar — really familiar — set of new kicks in November 2016. But say what you will about seeing a piece of weathered combat garb on the clothing rack at Urban Outfitters: $59 is still a hell of a lot cheaper than a four-year enlistment — even if unit patches don’t come included with this particular jacket.
H/t to Lindsey Kibler for flagging this deadringer for Project Runway: Kandahar.