"Odd" epaulettes

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  1. trogdor

    trogdor Senior member

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    So I got an almost perfect Burberry trenchcoat from a charity shop. It's one of the old ones from when they were still called "Burberry's", it fits well and it cost me a mere $25 (CDN)

    The problem? It only has one epaulette.

    The question: can you buy odd epaulettes? I don't mind if they're not a perfect match, but I don't even know where to start looking.

    Maybe I should just buy some bad-ass military ones?

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Millerp

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    You could just take off the remaining one ....

    Would be better than putting one on that doesn't match
     
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    The trouble is that the coat has the sort of sleeves that run all the way through up to the collar (there's no shoulder seam like on a suit jacket). When I take the orphaned epaulette off, the shoulders look a bit saggy -- so I'd rather have two that matched each other, even if they didn't match the coat exactly, if you see what I mean.

    I could always wear a rucksack so that nobody notices...
     
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    The trouble is that the coat has the sort of sleeves that run all the way through up to the collar (there's no shoulder seam like on a suit jacket).
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    Yeah, a raglan sleeve.

    Does the coat have a belt? Maybe you
    can have a tailor make an epaulette
    out of part of that.

    I don't think you can buy epaulettes.
    You might have to look for another
    coat (no matter what the size or
    condition) and just buy it for the epaulettes
     
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    Go to a military (either new or surplus/vintage) shop. They should have tons of epaulettes. Pick a few for colour, interest etc. Say the Ghurkas or the Royal Marines etc.
    You may have an uncle or grandad etc who served in a unit, see if you can find those as a tribute.
     

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