Belfast Telegraph

Men just love the powerful feel of military garb

By Lindy McDowell

What is it with men and uniforms? Colonel Gaddafi, when he isn't wearing his brown blanket thingie, has a whole selection of Ruritanian regalia to call upon.

There's the braided peak cap and black jacket with trim and multiple medals.

There's the ship's captain style white jacket with gongs, brass buttons and photographs pinned to the chest.

And even - recently - a khaki outfit with portraits apparently printed directly onto the fabric.

Does he design his own uniforms? It's hard to imagine this stuff actually represents anything real.

But he's not the only one to do medal overload.

Prince Andrew could give him a run for his money in the braiding/haberdashery department any day.

And remember Michael Jackson with his various militaristic looks?

Women by and large don't do this sort of thing. Aside from Cheryl Cole during her Fight For This Love phase. But even that was more flute band than Field Marshall.

Whether clothes maketh a man is open to argument.

Epaulettes obviously maketh him feel more important.

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