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Our Bulgarian military wool overcoats date back to the 1970s and 1980s, during a time in which the totalitarian republic was still under the Soviet sphere of influence and prior to transitioning into a parliamentary democracy. They are used military surplus items, but are in surprisingly good cosmetic condition, free from rips and tears. Many even lack that oh-so-familiar musky military surplus smell. A quick dry cleaning will have many of these overcoats looking as good as the day they were manufactured. Throw it on and you’ll look as good as the rich socialites that grace your television screen.
These full-length, dark gray (almost charcoal) overcoats are constructed entirely from heavy-duty wool and are designed to provide you with warmth and comfort on even the coldest winter nights. Wool fibers are hollow and hydrophilic, meaning they easily absorb water. In fact, wool is able to hold up to one third of its weight in water. The best thing about wool is that even when it gets wet, it retains its warmth. What I’m trying to tell you is that you can count on this overcoat to keep you warm and comfortable no matter where your travels take you – especially if you find yourself in cold, rainy Seattle.
Now, let’s get into the design details. The Bulgarian military wool overcoat is a single-breasted overcoat with six buttons – each emblazoned with a five-pointed star. With a traditional collar and buttoned epaulets that feature red contrast piping, these overcoats boast a style that is second to none when it comes to military surplus. This overcoat also features two front pockets with flap closure and a buttoned lower back strap. The interior has a smooth, cotton lining sewn in that allows the overcoat to be slipped on easily. The traditional collar can be worn with a notched lapel or tucked in for a traditional collar look. They are available in small, medium and large sizes, though length may vary slightly.
Is this a military surplus overcoat? Yes, but that doesn’t mean it is not great for anyone looking for a fancy wool overcoat. Even if you aren’t an Eastern Bloc history buff, these overcoats bleed form and function. They’re perfect for formal occasions, but casual enough for a night out on the town as well.