When we first met Gagan Singh at our TSB event last year, he was rocking this badass military jacket. Since then he’s become a friend of the TSB crew and we’re happy to have him back on the site.
“Probably the biggest influence on my personal style has been the military. Duffle coats, peacoats, desert boots, aviators, khakis, etc. These pieces were introduced to civilians via post-war surplus and they’ve become classics ever since.
I’ve always been fascinated by the history behind these pieces and how they’ve become a mainstream part of everyday life.
The M-65 field jacket, for example, is the perfect transitional jacket and has become a staple in my wardrobe.”
1. Business Casual
The M-1965 jacket, named after the year it was introduced by the US military, is characterized by it’s four front patch pockets, shoulder epaulets, and removable hood (although there have been countless versions inspired by the original, like this one by JCrew for example).
Check your local vintage and military surplus store for an authentic original in all it’s glory.
Here Gagan layers it over a chunky cardigan with chinos and desert boots – perfect for commuting to the office on a brisk Fall morning.
“The desert boots I’ve had for a couple years now. Initially, when the indigo dye from my jeans ran on them I wanted to clean it off…but now I really appreciate it. It gives them a worn look with real character.
Just like the M-65, they get better with age.”
- Tortoiseshell sunglasses by Ray Ban
- Olive M65 jacket by J.Crew
- Navy toggle cardigan by BDG
- Stonewashed oxford shirt by J. Crew
- Navy chinos by H&M
- Tan suede desert boots by Clarks
- Canvas duffle bag by J.Crew