This army surplus jacket has been upcycled with the intention of invoking an edgy yet romantic and nostalgic feel.
The edgy twist has been achieved through the addition of black lace, black cotton doilies and a new drawstring of black cording to the army surplus jacket.. The vintage tattoo pinup applique on the back of the jacket with crystal tears in the outer corners of her eyes lends the air of romanticism to the piece, especially with its rich yet faded tones.
The title “Love Me Tender” came about because the pinup has an almost wistful and melancholy look to her face, almost as if she is waiting for her soldier to come home to her and missing him terribly at the moment her photo was taken. I added a brass airplane charm and a brass “medal” to the jacket to tie the theme further together. Swarovski crystals accent her headband and tattoos. Swarovski crystals on the medal add further sparkle and femininity to the front of the jacket.
This jacket has a drawstring waist and is therefore adjustable and more generous in size. The size of this jacket is medium to large.
(Model: Paulina Hanzel)