2019 A/W Featured outerwear, the "CPO Jacket". A versatile item with a trendy feel and wearing power, quickly becoming popular in the streets. CPO is an abbreviation of "Chief Petty Officer" and refers to the Chief of U.S. Marines. The wool shirts they wore were used as jackets by Japanese people, svelter than Americans, and the name "CPO jacket" was born.
Their first boom came between the 1960s and 1970s. At that time, it was widely used as a typical, college style outerwear item. After more than 50 years, the second boom for the CPO jacket has come. This is due to a recent boom in "retro trends" such as dad sneakers and flare pants. This is why the very retro CPO jacket has come into the spotlight again. The word "manish" has been attracting more attention than ever this year, just as "suiting" has. Military-style CPO jackets are the perfect item to embody a mannish style.
The reason why CPO jackets have gained popularity so far is that they are highly versatile and functional. It looks like a shirt, but the fabric is thick, so it works well as outerwear. You don't need to pick inner wear, as it matches with any ensemble. It can be used for a long time, from autumn to early spring, and does not have strong military connotations like the MA-1. In the middle of the winter season, it can be used inside of a coat. There's a modern style which has it worn with an open collar shirt.
The CPO jacket will surely establish itself as a seasonless classic outerwear. It wasn't often seen this season, but next season the CPO coat is sure to become popular. Today's young people, those responsible for the future of street fashion, also called retro-regression generations. I look forward to seeing what retro items become popular and return to modern fashion in the future.