In today’s fashion news, military fashion that is, the Navy announced it’s new Navy Working Uniform (NWU). The NWU will include several cold weather options, such as a unisex pullover sweater, a fleece jacket, and a parka. It comes in three camo patterns, the main one being the blue/gray variant you see here, with woodland and desert digital palette for those going ashore.
The color pattern of the NWU (navy blue, deck gray, haze gray and black) is designed to make it more difficult for some hostile local ashore to get a good shot at a sailor on the deck of a navy ship. Also, many sailors also work ashore, often in combat zones, where the camo pattern still works in built up areas. But more immediately, the camo pattern hides the grease, and other, stains that sailors tend to get on their uniforms. The stains become part of the camouflage pattern, and are one less thing for your chief (Chief Petty Officer, every sailors works for one) to worry about. The camo pattern also makes the uniform still look presentable, even though it is wrinkled. The uniform is made of wash-and-wear material, and is lighter, and more rugged, than fabric currently used. The normal wear life of the NWU is designed to be up to 18 months, compared to six months for the current working uniforms.
The permanent press, 50/50 nylon and cotton blend NWU will replace seven different styles of current working uniforms and is to be worn with a blue cotton t-shirt, eight-point USMC-style cover, a black web belt and black leather boots, according to the Navy.
But apparently a few of those men and women who filed by the exhibit were less than impressed. Biggest complaint…what’s with the buttons? Two for each pocket. This is 2008, how ’bout some Velcro? And why no waist band adjuster strap?
“We’ll be getting complaints three hours after these are issued,” one Navy Captain grumbled as he filed out the comment form offered up by the DLA guy.
Rumors that talks with Ralph Lauren broke down appear to be true…apparently over the insistence, by RL himself, on replacing the Navy patch with one of his Big Pony Logo’s.
[That last line is a joke, so put down your keyboard and stop writing right now…I don’t want to hear it!]