When I watch TV shows or movies that are period dramas, I always feel slightly lukewarm about the women’s clothing. Sure, some of those empire-waisted dresses were pretty (Marie Antoinette, with its kaleidoscope of dazzling candy-colored silk frocks, showcased some striking fashion), but in general I far prefer the outfits that the men wore, specifically the military uniforms. I mean, being in the army back then was like one giant fashion show! Seriously, everyone looked totally amazing, with their formal jackets and waistcoats and tall boots. If enlisting meant getting to wear a jacket like this one, I would have signed up in a heartbeat:
Really, wouldn’t you rather be wearing this fab coat than that boring black dress? *
*Actually, the dress is pretty cool. But the coat is still better.
Rock stars have long recognized the appeal of military garb. Artists such as Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and Coldplay have all donned military inspired gear.
Possibly the best dressed dude ever.
Juuuust a little bit of LSD involved here.
You’re no Jimi, Chris Martin, but this is still a valiant effort.
And then there was the King of Military Jackets (and Pop), Michael Jackson:
Here is a man who was not afraid to make a fashion statement.
The glitter, the glove, the glasses...this is all 100% gold. Bravo, MJ. Hats off to you, sir.
Luckily, the military look is a fashion trend that will never die, with styles being reimagined every season or two by the industry’s top designers (less luxe versions of which eventually filter down to us plebes who can only afford to shop at the mall):
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana
Sidenote: Almost every single piece in D&G’s Fall 2006 runway show was so insanely amazing that the whole thing makes me want to sob with joy. They basically had their models dressed up as Napoleon and Josephine, and the attention to detail is stellar, from the high collars to the crested buttons to the braided gold rope trim. If you’re ever feeling down, check out the slideshow on Style.com – even if you can’t afford them (who can?), it’ll make you feel better just knowing that such beautiful clothes exist.