Online Controversy: Urban Outfitters selling ‘Vintage’ US Navy Coveralls
Surprise people don't think it's cute!
Wearing a military uniform is a privilege earned by the men and women who put their lives on the line so that the rest of us get to go on living our lives.
It’s not a fashion statement — Urban Outfitters seems to think otherwise. The hipster store is catching what most would see as necessary heat for selling U.S. Navy coveralls on its website, and the move has been slammed as disrespectful to the men and women who serve and have served in uniform.
The “vintage” item, which still has the original owner’s last name, “King,” stitched on it, is currently being sold on the retail store’s site for $120.
The description reads: “Vintage coveralls made from navy cotton canvas — only one pair is available for purchase by one lucky customer, so get them before they’re gone! Cut in a relaxed fit with front slant pockets, back patch pockets and two patch pockets at the chest. Finished with a zip fly and buttoned front closure.”
The product page’s comments section was filled with messages of outrage from service members and others disgusted by Urban Outfitters’ attempt to make a sale from a uniform they sacrificed to wear.
According to Military Times, the Navy’s current guidance on wearing the overalls states that “commanding officers can authorize the wear of Navy blue coveralls ashore in environments that place an excessive amount of wear on working uniforms.”