The Proper Fit: Taking Servicewomen’s Uniforms from Fashion to Function


They’re not just slacks or skirts, jackets and tops, hats and ties. They’re more than a printed pattern designed to blend into the background. From West Point cadets’ ceremonial swords and hats to functional fatigues, military uniforms convey a sense of belonging; the person wearing them is part of something larger than themselves. 

As women became part of American service branches during the 20th century, uniforms made them readily recognizable as members of the nation’s defense team. Women’s uniforms through the years have also offered a record of what Americans and military leaders think a servicewoman should be.

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