Two world wars resulting in mass conscription heavily influenced fashion. In the second world war men aged 18 to 51 were liable to be called up and told to see some form of military action or assistance. This hugely influenced the way that British mens fashions were considered. Suits for those not called up or busy with vital work at home such as munitions and farming soon wore low key suits out of respect but there are several styles that grew out of the conflict that are now worn by both men and women to this day. Admittedly it is mostly the US army uniform that has carried the most influence.
- One of the best examples is that of Mens Farah Clothes. Farah was a supplier of shirts and trousers to US service men but the style impressed the British as well. Once the contract to supply was over Farah simply continued the design with a peacetime change. Nostalgic for the tops, the trend continued. See for yourself at https://www.louisboyd.co.uk/brands/farah.html.
- The bomber Jacket. The green flight silk and orange lining worn by the crew of the Flying Fortress or Lockheed Liberator of the US air force has remained a staple design. Updated and altered it still retains a popularity.
- Khaki Combat trousers. For the lovers of pockets these once hyper male trousers have also proved to be a hit with women. Practical but also quite stylish.
- Doctor Marten boots. The thick military Boot became a real fashion icon. Dr Marten’s famous design has gone from a work and military issue boot to a huge cult and fashion following.