Vets: Did military service effect your sense of style?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gladhands, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. austerlitz

    austerlitz Senior member

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    Hoaaah Chef Ranger [​IMG]

    Army, 1/75 Ranger (Airborne) from 82-85

    I'm a chef-instructor now and I take my culinary uniform very seriously as well, and I expect my students to do the same.
     


  2. hendrix

    hendrix Ill-proportioned

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    lulz "those damn patrols caps." if you were a soldier any more than just a cadet you'd know that the transition from patrol caps to the berets was the worst goddam thing the army ever did, ever. they should give the beret back to the rangers and let everyone else the practical headgear.

    but berets just look so much better.
     


  3. Grayland

    Grayland Senior member

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    Hoaaah Chef Ranger [​IMG]

    I don't really keep up with my old military buddies, but if I did, they'd give me shit for being a chef.[​IMG]
     


  4. Grayland

    Grayland Senior member

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    lulz "those damn patrols caps." if you were a soldier any more than just a cadet you'd know that the transition from patrol caps to the berets was the worst goddam thing the army ever did, ever. they should give the beret back to the rangers and let everyone else the practical headgear.also oakley boots suck and wear out in about a year. they were pretty flashy though, and comfortable. but for the $$ and the longevity, not worth it.

    Who in the hell wants to be everyone else? That's only for the people who can't be special.
     


  5. USAF - 1

    USAF - 1 Member

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    Not necessarily a sense of style, but attention to detail and the proper fit and tailoring of clothes. Having your shirts tailored and fitted translates to the civilian world quite well. Same goes with suits. and of course shoes, keeping them serviceable and polished is another trademark.
     


  6. the.chikor

    the.chikor Senior member

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    Yes. Old habits die hard. I still spit shine my low quarters and polish the welt and outside of the soles. My shirts, suits and ties are well kept, clean, void of stains and pressed. I still check my gig line everyday out of habit prior to leaving for work. I tend to be a perfectionist and am very attention to detail oriented when having clothing altered or made. I also feel very uncomfortable wearing ties that hang down below the belt buckle. My style tends to be very conservative as well-although I am not entirely sure that it came from solely being in the service.
     


  7. austerlitz

    austerlitz Senior member

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    that beret vs patrol cap issue has been well, an issue.... I just find it annoying to have to carry around 4 different types of headwear....
     


  8. johnH123

    johnH123 Senior member

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    I find myself adding in little 'things' to my everyday wardrobe to set myself apart (although on SF these things would be considered 'normal', I guess) that comes from how I wear my uniform (I like to do little things here and there to add some individuality).

    I usually let my sideburns grow a little longer then what the sergeant-major would like and my hair is always borderline for giving the senior NCOs a heart-attack.

    As far as other habits transferring over....not really. I never make my bed and I don't obsessively iron my casual clothing.
     


  9. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Senior member

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    but berets just look so much better.

    Berets look a thousand times better than the hideous dorky c$&t cap that the British military phased out in the fifties ... as long as they are worn as berets. But somehow the US military allows the beret to be shrunk down into what amounts to a felt beanie with a bit of a peak for the cap badge which looks as bad or worse than a c$&t cap.
     


  10. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    Marine aviator 83-89.

    1. I keep my hair fairly short still.
    2. No loose threads. Irish pennants is the non PC term.
    3. Good brush shine. Spit shine looks like stupidity to me.
    4. Semi-obsessive about gig line being straight.
     


  11. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Senior member

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    Just as long as you don't refer to a shirt as a blouse and a hat as a cover!
     


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    upnorth Senior member

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    It reinforced my disdain for synthetic fabrics.
     


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    It made me hate camo, military boots and having to follow downright idiotic orders. Hair that's anything between the army 2-3mm and normal "somewhat long at the top" I nowadays have looks like crap on my head.

    At least my shoes tend to be well polished.
     


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    koolhistorian Senior member

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    No, but it improved vastly my ironing skills - try to keep creases sharp on a winter felt uniform (old Warsaw Pact style). As my battalion XO said when I was leaving service "Teacher, you are one of the few men that looks better in civilian clothes than in an uniform"!
     


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