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Scruffy Colonials? Help for Herberts?

#1
Having seen the dress uniforms/Blues/No1s worn by United States servicemen to the number10 barbie I regretfully must assume that the art of tailoring has died out in the US. As have natural fibres and the ability to shape a beret.
Hopefully our American friends can be dragged down to visit the tailor/ess whilst in the UK.
Maybe we can start a charity, ?"Help fo Herberts", to help introduce the colonials to the joy of well fitted garments?

Or were they just all expecting to put on about 50pounds at the feast?
 

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#2
The words you are looking for are polyester and off-the-peg. On the plus side, their uniforms are relatively cheap, quick and easy to replace (which would be handy if they understood the concept of Mess Rugby).

Lets face it, I have several thousand pounds invested in three uniforms I hardly ever wear - where is the sense in that?
 
#3
The words you are looking for are polyester and off-the-peg. On the plus side, their uniforms are relatively cheap, quick and easy to replace (which would be handy if they understood the concept of Mess Rugby).

Lets face it, I have several thousand pounds invested in three uniforms I hardly ever wear - where is the sense in that?
Blokeonabike at least your clothes won't burst into flames, and you probably look quite sharp- in a red blooded hetero sort of way obviously.
The word, "invested" is quite right, you could sell said dress for a good price.
 

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#6
Those examples there are gash I'll agree, I have to say I rather like the USMC Lovatts equivalent, not sure what it's actually called. Here modelled by Capt Kevin Bacon

 
#9
Those examples there are gash I'll agree, I have to say I rather like the USMC Lovatts equivalent, not sure what it's actually called. Here modelled by Capt Kevin Bacon.

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Must admit that USMC No 2's are the only yank uniform that looks remotely smart.

IMO of course.
 
#12
And let's not mentioned the short lived style disaster that was the RN Blue Norgie Top working dress. Fortunately it's so awful every photo of it seems to have been eradicated from the internet.
 
#13
Not so long along senior US officers complained that UK troops looked a bit scruffy whilst on Ops in Afghan, compounding this with an accusation that UK troops were suffering a failure of Morale such as the US had enjoyed in Vietnam! An Outrage Bus duly launched, pointing out that it's a bit warm and dusty in Afg. And lots of horrible people shooting at Infidels puts the emphasis on comfort and practicality, not starch or shaving.

It struck me as a bit rich that when the US had the opportunity to dress up a bit they failed miserably. In fact they looked like they got their uniforms from a fancy dress shop on the way down, and most seemed to plump for Thunderbirds outfits.

Maybe I'm hoplessly wrong. Maybe US ARRSers can set the world to rights. But I enjoyed seeing just how incredibly ******* sharp the UK lads looked, from Lovats on down to the Crabs. The best advert for the British soldier is the British soldier. Now I'm off the paint the parade square black or something.
 

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Those examples there are gash I'll agree, I have to say I rather like the USMC Lovatts equivalent, not sure what it's actually called. Here modelled by Capt Kevin Bacon

It's USMC Service 'A' Uniform. Very smart and with black buttons almost as good as a Rifle regiment's!
 
#16
On another point South America seemed not to go with the Ice Cream man look I wonder where the Chilean Army took their inspiration from?
 
#20
However, got to be said that Princes Harry and William's uniforms looked very poorly cut and fitted at the wedding.
Doesn't Gieves and Thieves have the Royal Warrant? That might explain a lot. I noticed the DoE's tunic was much sharper. Still had GR cyphers too.

Mind you while we're sniggering at the ridiculously rectangular nature of the USA and USAF tunics did anyone see their boss's Evening Dress? It had what looked suspiciously like a "down" collar...
 

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