For today’s feature on Style, we decided to do an homage to Veteran’s Day 2014 by selecting fashion pieces which are:

  • Military inspired
  • Made by American brands
  • Are affordable
  • Make you look awesome

Garrison Fatigue Jacket by J.Crew ($188)

Looks even better because it looks distressed and worn. J.Crew Garrison Fatigue Jacket image from https://www.jcrew.com.

Looks even better because it looks distressed and worn. J.Crew Garrison Fatigue Jacket image from https://www.jcrew.com.

We’re digging this military inspired fatigue jacket because it looks broken in, has a ton of pockets to carry all your gear and it has a detachable hood for when the weather turns ugly.

If you hurry, J.Crew has a 25% discount on their site for their Garrison Fatigue Jacket right now.

American Eagle AEO Heritage Thermal ($24.99)

American Eagle AEO Heritage Thermal image from http://www.ae.com.

American Eagle AEO Heritage Thermal image from http://www.ae.com.

Nothing says “I love America” more than having an American Eagle emblazoned on your chest… from American Eagle.

Plus it will help keep you warm and looking hella casual.

American Eagle AEO Original Straight Cargo Pant ($49.95)

No matter what other people say, we love cargo pants.  AEO Original Straight Cargo Pant image from http://www.ae.com.

No matter what other people say, we love cargo pants. AEO Original Straight Cargo Pant image from http://www.ae.com.

Cargo pants.

It seems females throughout the world have a love/hate relationship with this type of pragmatic and fully functional bottom wear.

We here at ESM think they’re awesome and match perfectly with today’s style theme.

We opted to go with the olive color instead of the camo to keep things simple.

Timberland Men’s Chestnut Ridge 6-Inch Waterproof Boots ($190)

Timberland Men's Chestnut Ridge 6-Inch Waterproof Boots image from http://shop.timberland.com

Timberland Men’s Chestnut Ridge 6-Inch Waterproof Boots image from http://shop.timberland.com

Admittedly, these aren’t the cheapest boots out on the market, but for anyone whose owned a pair of Timberlands, you know these things will last for a long time compared to other products.

We opted to go with a simple, traditional design that will keep your feet warm when it rains or snows.

Randolph Engineering Aviator II ($229)

The 23k gold plated Aviator II from Randolph Engineering image from http://shop.randolphusa.com.

The 23k gold plated Aviator II from Randolph Engineering image from http://shop.randolphusa.com.

Randolph Engineering has strong ties to the military since their inception in 1972.

We’ve always been big fans and are in love with their latest Aviator II line.

We’d rock the ones that are 23k gold plated.  Because we love America.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar ($12,700)

IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar image from http://www.iwc.com.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar image from http://www.iwc.com.

We’re cheating a little bit with this last one – for most timepiece aficionados out there they know IWC is a Swiss watch manufacturer who was founded by an American.

From the official IWC website:

The foundations of watch manufacture in Schaffhausen were laid by an American, Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868. We are greatly indebted to his pioneering spirit and innovative approach to engineering, design and the art of making beautiful watches.

And no, this particular piece doesn’t qualify as something “affordable”.  We just wanted to throw it in here because we love the watch, love IWC and love the movie Top Gun.

“That’s right Ice, I am dangerous.” – You.  Wearing this outfit.

Happy Veteran’s Day to all our readers and a big thanks to everyone who served!

ESM

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