Military Coat – 90s Grunge or Japanese Cool?


Spring always means rain here in Canberra, and I’m counting my lucky stars I’ve found the perfect jacket to see me through the wet weeks ahead. Today I’m wearing: khaki hooded canvas jacket – German army surplus | white cotton v-neck t-shirt – H&M | obsidian magnatama necklace – Narita, Japan | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | moto embroidered skinny jeans – Loyalty & Faith | tobacco brown suede boots – The Ball & Chain, Catch of the Day


While it might technically be Spring here in Canberra, we’re currently living through a last hurrah for the Winter season that was. The air is still freezing, and rains have set in for the time being, which is doing wonders for my whole “let’s get fit and healthy in time for summer (for the 900th time)” thing. Spring in Canberra always means rain, and two weekends ago while the skies opened up, my parents and I set about rearranging my garage and conducting a bit of Spring-cleaning around my place. The main goal was to neatly pack-up and store the remnant’s of my ex’s belongings wile he’s living abroad. In the process of this, I found a coat.

I had never seen the coat before, but I knew that it belonged to my ex. It’s a khaki or olive-drab military coat with a huge hood and a detachable faux-fur lining. The tags inside the jacket are in German, so I can only assume that this is a surplus German military piece that he collected from somewhere, and which has been sitting in the garage unloved for the past five years. Obviously, waiting for me to discover it and to fall in love with it.

The coat is literally the perfect length for me. I was admiring a lot of similar coats on my past two trips to Japan, but they were all modern pieces and much longer, sitting mostly at knee height. My concern is that this would not only shorten the look of my legs, but also make me look like a giant creep. This one however sits perfectly at mid-thigh level. It’s also full of pockets and fun surprises, like being able to remove the lining completely for when it gets warmer, and several adjustable components changing the shape of the garment.

Obviously, being khaki it flies in the face of my ‘I only wear blue’ aesthetic; but I am willing to overlook that completely. I love the 90s grunge feel of the coat, I love the perfect design of the garment, and most of all I love that it is almost completely waterproof. It’s also fairly on-trend, but I think in a way that is not going to look clumsy or dated in ten-years time. I mean, there’s ever chance this thing is close to 50 years old and it still looks great! It is going to age more gracefully than I am.

Now that Spring is here and we’re in for much more rain, I’m really looking forward to really giving this coat a run for it’s money, not just in the functional stakes, but also with regard to styling. It plays nicely into my love affair with camo and military inspired pieces, and thankfully it looks really good with blue and white.

Now, just to convince the ex that he should reclassify the coat in his mind as “on permanent loan”…