A little male style interlude.
This is Dave’s third vintage army greatcoat – he also has an RAF one and a Russian one (no picture yet, must rectify that soonest). I really love army greatcoats, they are so heavy but so warm and blanketty. I suppose that’s because they actually doubled up as blankets. The coats you can buy in shops now have got nothing on them!
This one is Belgian Airforce, and I think my favourite of the three. I love the colour and the buttons inside the coattails. We got it from a fleamarket in Brussels in the summer. It was 20 euros, and we could have got it a lot cheaper, but I was so surprised at the low price I didn’t even think to haggle. It’s in really good condition and just had a couple of buttons missing in the crease at the back, which we managed to track down on some weird Belgian specialist trading website for 50 cent each.
I’m never really quite sure how to feel about vintage military things though. I’m wondering if it’s vaguely disrespectful to wear clothes that people have fought in without knowing anything about the history (Dave’s RAF greatcoat is from 1952, and I literally have no idea what they were up to at that point). Plus, I’m not a big fan of the British army as an institution, or any armies really, so can I wear/like their stuff. I suppose that applies less to vintage stuff though, because no one is going to think that is going to be read as a political statement. Though anyway, it’s Dave wearing the stuff, and he does actually care about military history. He even watches those endless second world war documentaries on those pointless repeat channels sometimes.