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Should I wear a cold war era trenchcoat?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dj-jd, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. dj-jd

    dj-jd Senior member

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    I'm 28 years old, and I've never worn a trenchcoat. I have one from 1964, that was used by West German Luftwaffe. This thing is dark blue, made out of wool, double breasted (aren't they all?), and a little long on the sleeves. I'm thinking about having it tailored, and wearing it. Am I out of my mind?

    Thanks.
    J
     
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    Quatsch Senior member

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    Not really to the point, but one day last spring I saw a young guy (definitely trying to stand out as much possible) wearing a WWII Wehrmacht overcoat. In the streets of Trier, Germany. I was apalled, and so was everyone else I saw. Which was, of course, what he was going for.

    As long as its markedly different from WWII stuff (and you're not in Germany), I don't think it would be such a problem, especially if you're in America. People wear old RAF coats all the time, don't they?
     
  3. dj-jd

    dj-jd Senior member

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    Thanks... that post will help me narrow down what I'm asking a bit. I don't know it's style. It may be a big WW2 looking. It's heavy, and wool. I want to wear the coat with style. Ie. I want to wear it over my tweed jacket and tie when I'm out in the weather. I don't know if men still wear heavy trenchcoats or not.
    Thanks.
     
  4. Nouveau Pauvre

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    I'm 28 years old, and I've never worn a trenchcoat. I have one from 1964, that was used by West German Luftwaffe. This thing is dark blue, made out of wool, double breasted (aren't they all?), and a little long on the sleeves. I'm thinking about having it tailored, and wearing it. Am I out of my mind?

    Thanks.
    J


    Lrn2Cloak/RobertGeller.
     
  5. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    Where's Augusto with that rad DB coat of his?

    I have a navy bridge coat (like a long peacoat) that I am waiting for the chance to wear.

    I say if it's not too weird then wear it. Post pics.
     
  6. dj-jd

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    It's not any stranger than a cat wearing a leather bomber jacket.
     
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    In my youth I had a long gray wool DB overcoat from East Germany. It was a fantastic winter coat. It was something like a size 34, so I outgrew it part way through college.
     
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    Alright gents, a pic. It's wool, pretty heavy. What do you think about it? What about the eppulate buttons on the shoulders?
    [​IMG]
     
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    Nice. Does it have a storm button under the lapel?
     
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    Nice. Does it have a storm button under the lapel?
    There's a plastic button under the right side lapel only.
     
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    yfyf Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I think it's pretty neat. Also, it's not girly-short like a lot of trenchcoats are these days.

    Hell, if you don't wear it, sell it to me! [​IMG]
     
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    To be honest it does not look terribly different from modern wool overcoats I see at stores all the time.
     
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    BTW: It's not a trenchcoat, it's a double-breasted overcoat. [​IMG]
     
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    BTW: It's not a trenchcoat, it's a double-breasted overcoat. [​IMG]
    Thank you. How, and on what occasion, does one wear the double breasted overcoat?
     
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    Not really to the point, but one day last spring I saw a young guy (definitely trying to stand out as much possible) wearing a WWII Wehrmacht overcoat. In the streets of Trier, Germany. I was apalled, and so was everyone else I saw. Which was, of course, what he was going for.


    Why would one be apalled?
     
  16. kaxixi

    kaxixi Senior member

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    Definitely wear it. Anytime you're dressed up in cold weather. Enjoy!
     
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    That's pretty much what my bridge coat looks like, and I plan to wear it when it's cold enough.
     
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    Just make sure you don't inadverntently end up flying a recon mission over Danzig [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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    I wear a short double breasted overcoat from the italian army. The colour is an olive/light brown an it ends short above the knees. I changed the brass buttons to horn buttons and now it looks like a british warm.
     

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