It’s got to the point now where my wardrobe is not dissimilar to my local Army surplus store, so surely I couldn’t possibly justify yet another G.I-inspired garment? Soundman is making it very easy for me to do just that, with the addition of the Wired Shirt to its SS22 lineup. Inspired by a variety of military-issued shirts including 1960s C.P.O shirts— they had me at “military”.
Made in Japan and cut from a 100% cotton ripstop, the main draw for me is that spring-ready, collarless, unlined construction that takes cues from traditional Japanese wears. But that’s not all this guy has to offer. Two front chest pockets see the first use of that same cotton ripstop but this time sulfur dyed to give a wonderful contrast effect which is also applied to the sleeves. If that wasn’t already enough we’re spoiled with the inclusion of 2 side entry hand warmer pockets sewn into the seams alongside an inside pocket, all finished with the use of urea buttons for the main closure.
You see, the reason brands keep going back to the whole military garb thing is because it just translates so well to the modern wardrobe, and pieces like this are a testament to that. Throw it on over a sweat in the colder months, or wear it with the sleeves rolled up over a white tee in the summer. You’ll keep finding reasons and ways to wear it, and wear it well.