Olive drab is an undeniably classic colourway. It's been the standard colour for U.S military clothing since the First World War, gaining increased popularity with civilian wearers during the Vietnam era inparticular, and remaining a staple of street fashion to this day. It would be wrong to say that military fatigues were a pillar of punk style, but artists including Don Letts and more specifically, The Clash, took these utilitarian garments and flipped them on their head by giving them a totally new meaning through customisation and their general attitude. By adding hand made patches, slogans and damage, not only was it a statement of originality but, perhaps more importantly, it was also a statement against the war and everything the military stood for.
In a sense it was the ultimate protest; taking clothing that was designed to take away any ounce of originality and customising it to make it totally unique. The influence of punk music and vintage military clothing on brands such as Neighborhood, Needles and FUCT means this ideal continues to thrive to beautiful effect. From Joe Strummer channeling Travis Bickle to Don Letts' dub influence, we take a look at this iconic fusion of functionality and attitude.