military clothing

military clothing
   The wearing of military clothing has been a fashion fad for both sexes since the early 1980s. Interest in grunge, nostalgia and recycling of fashions from the past have contributed to it. The male trend originated with skinheads, and was catered for by army surplus shops like Soldier of Fortune, which were trendier than the Army and Navy stores. The fashion may have originated for women when they adopted fishermen’s hampers as a fashion accessory. Camouflaged military wear is often indistinguishable from fishing apparel. It is also a product of the search for cheap serviceable unisex clothing in the recessions of the 1980s and 1990s, which also spawned Doc Martens shoes and the ‘uniform’ wearing of jeans.
   See also: Dr Martens
   MIKE STORRY

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