Not surplus to requirements

February 17, 2009 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

I think it’s great to see Details Magazine recommending the local Army and Navy surplus store as the place to pick up some great pieces at low prices.

As you would expect from clothes that were designed to be taken into a war zone, surplus gear is very hardwearing and as such pretty well put together. This is a great comfort to those of us who want to breathe life back into second-hand clothing but are worried about them falling to bits straight away.

But where there are upsides, there are inevitably also downsides.

camouflage

Photo: Gerhard Höllisch

The fit is pointed as being something primarily to watch out for, but I would draw your attention to the second warning – that the vast majority of items will be covered in camo prints, which should be not-so-subtle code for ‘leave it alone’. Stick to the classic peacoats or a sturdy pair of leather boots and you can’t go wrong.

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