July
2
2012
By
of Valet.

Civilian
blazer, $248 by Apolis

Having a Moment

Surplus Style

An unstructured jacket cut from washed cotton is a summer staple and for good reason. Soft-shouldered and slightly relaxed, they instantly give you a bit of easy-going elegance. And while most come in either khaki or navy, these lightweight twill versions, garment dyed in shades of olive drab, offer a fresh take on the style. The standard for most militaries around the world, olive drab's appeal was pragmatic—like camouflage, it's a compromise between earth tones and the shades of natural foliage. For labels like Apolis and Albam, it's a rich shade that dresses up a pair of jeans or chinos while retaining the rugged masculinity of a field jacket.

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    The first recorded use of "olive drab" as a color name in English was in 1892.
 

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