As you may have gathered from previous posts, Rachel really enjoys dressing up in her vintage outfits for events such as the Salute To The Forties.
She has recently suggested that maybe I should invest in an appropriate period outfit as well (at present, the closest I come is raiding my collection of Hawaiian shirts).
So, I started to investigate my options, kicked around some ideas, threw out most of them, and then discovered Soldier Of Fortune (not the old mercenary magazine, but a one-stop supplier of replica military costumes and paraphernalia to re-enactors, TV and film companies, theatre groups etc)
Having no solid idea of what kind of uniform I actually wanted I found the enormous variety and choice on their website slightly overwhelming, so ordered myself a catalogue.
Now begins the slow task of going through it, finding outfits that interest me and that we both think I will be comfortable in.
This is why I look at this exercise as being more akin to cosplay than re-enactment as I'm choosing the outfit for its aesthetic appeal and comfort, rather than because I have any hardcore connection to it historically.
Rachel has suggested that I avoid anything with leather jackets and helmets because I'll probably overheat, and declared that "German stuff" is verboten (by which she means 'Nazi gear', which is totally understandable as I wouldn't class myself as a serious 're-enactor').
Here are a couple of the outfits I picked out so far (both of which already breach Rachel's guidelines as the desert uniform has a helmet and the naval one comes with a heavy coat), but I'm going to hand the catalogue over to Rachel this evening and let her have a gander as well...
|An 8th Army Desert Rat|
|American naval crewman|