Eastern Front Fashion

I thoroughly enjoy incorporating not only civilian ’40s elements, but military ones as well, into my everyday outfits. It is fun and challenging to mirror the style of real World War II uniforms, and this is what I endeavoured to do with this next Polyvore set. The inspiration came from the Red Army’s winter uniforms, which were defined by long greatcoats, either black leather boots or felted valenki, and the famous ushanka. In this outfit, a Salavatore Ferragamo coat echoes the look of a greatcoat, and a simple blouse and pair of olive cargo pants stand in for the customary green field shirt and pants. Instead of flat-heeled boots, I chose a fetching pair of leather wedges, which go nicely with the understated jewellery. A leather satchel is practical for both a Soviet soldier and a 21st century woman, and finally an ushanka offers authentic style and cold weather protection. I also opted to include a beautiful Mosin in this set- since that was the standard weapon for riflemen in the Red Army.
 Eastern Front Fashion
Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin at Yalta
A good example of WWII-era greatcoats- modelled by Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Attributed to unknown member of US Military
Marching through Moscow
Example of Red Army winter uniforms in 1941; greatcoats, ushanki, leather boots, and thick gloves. Image from http://visualrian.ru/ru/site/gallery/#429 via Wikimedia Commons. Attributed to Oleg Ignatovich
I love the Red Army’s uniforms, especially their winter ones. Tailored greatcoats and tall leather boots are, from a sartorial point of view, much superior to the baggy ensembles worn by today’s armies. One good thing about winter is that it allows me to wear pieces reminiscent of the Red Army’s uniforms- and of course, on especially cold days I don’t neglect to wear my own ushanka. In the future I look forward to taking a more in-depth look at the uniforms of WWII- what a fascinating subject!

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