Badminton player, photographed Gjon Mili for Life Magazine in 1939. Demonstrating the power of flannel trousers.
I was reminded today by a mention in Valet of What Price Glory, a really remarkable military surplus and reproduction shop that caters to militaria nerds. I first learned of it through one of my favorite blogs, Hollister Hovey, when she put together a great collection of items from the site a few months ago.
I started browsing the site and was inspired to make a little collection of my own. You can see it online, from the Submarine Sweater to the amazing rain cape. Do some browsing of your own, and you’ll find some remarkable stuff at very reasonable prices. Remember that the proportions of military gear tend to be generous relative to current fashion, so things may need a nip and tuck to be au courant, but this is tough stuff to find at any price, much less at prices so affordable.
(Click through for the shopping guide)