Military Fashion

Uncle Sam’s has one of the largest selections of military surplus in Northwest Arkansas, so we know there are lots of reasons for buying military surplus.

One reason that may surprise you: fashion.

Military-inspired fashion trends are back this year. Harper’s Bazaar featured a dozen looks early this summer, and the major fashion houses followed suit at New York Fashion Week. While you could go buy a new piece of clothing with some military detailing, why not just stop by Uncle Sam’s Outfitters and get the real thing? Here are some items that we think never go out of style…

Pea coats have been stylish since they were first introduced sometime in the 1700s. Although they were initially worn by sailors and were made of navy-colored wool,  they have since become a style icon that can be seen in all manner of materials and colors. Now it’s primarily the shape and proportions of the coat that remain true to the original.

Nylon strap watches are a staple. They are easy to wear and clean, and inexpensive to buy at the local commissary. They’ve been  replicated by designers like Bell & Ross, IWC, and Breguet to add that industrial/military style to their lines. Trust us when we say the watches in stock at U.S.O. are much more reasonably priced.

Cargo pockets are a must for anyone hitting the trails because there are always a few little things you need to keep handy – lip balm, flashlight, camera. Fashion designers have taken the hint and are adding cargo pockets to everything from skinny jeans to knit dresses. We’ve got the classic cargo pants as well as shorts with functional cargo pockets.

Epaulettes are one of those fashion oddities that some people love and others hate. They have traditionally been used to indicate the rank of the individual wearing them. They can be different colored, include stripes of varying widths, and even secure some pretty fancy fringed shoulder décor that has made its way into the closets of such mega-celebs as Michael Jackson. Today you’ll see them as simple straps on uniform shirts such as those worn by law enforcement personal.

Metal buttons are great for clothes and bags – adding a little pizazz to an otherwise simple design.

Leather satchels are truly timeless. The more they are used, the more worn in they become, which only adds to their beauty. Saddle soap and a little care can keep a great vintage satchel or hip bag in great shape for many years, so don’t hesitate to buy one second-hand. We carry bags of foreign as well as U.S. military make, so you’ll find a great variety of shapes and sizes.

At Uncle Sam’s, we have an ever-changing selection of military surplus. Stop in often to see what’s new!

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