Mind you, Mr. Peacock is not keen on war, however I appreciate the design of military and police uniforms...
...particularly anything with epaulettes.
When I was in college, my mother found me an amazing vintage policeman’s shirt with epaulettes. It quickly became my favorite shirt. I had that shirt for over a decade, and whenever I wore it—people often mistook it as a designer piece.
My vintage cop shirt was cotton (similar to the shirt style-above right), but most of the new uniform shirts are a poly blend. I love the police uniforms in Italy! I tried to acquire one, but had no luck (FYI—I'm 42 regular, size medium, 32" waist).
Above, from left to right: Phillip Lim, Conference of Birds, and Michael Kors.
Many fashion designers borrow military uniform elements and incorporate them into their garments. I think epaulettes, or "little shoulders," flatter most men’s body types, by giving the appearance of broader shoulders.
Mr. Peacock loves the Spring 2009 collection of Apolis Activism—aptly called, Defend Tomorrow. It’s sort of a preppy vibe, with military touches. I really like the blue and mustard colors together.
This blue and red plaid shirt, with epaulettes, would be perfect for this spring.
In addition to the military inspired epaulettes, this grey shirt by Public School, has an interesting buttoned collar.
This denim military inspired shirt is very handsome too.
Dolce & Gabbana featured decorative shoulder epaulettes on gingham and striped shirts.
You can also find many great vintage inspired pieces with epaulettes and military styling, like this gingham shirt, and corduroy jacket.
Here’s a shot of my dad (second from the right), from the Korean War, sporting a jacket with epaulettes.
I focused on shirts, but there are many great outerwear pieces with epaulettes too.
What do you have in your wardrobe with epaulettes?