M59 field jacket – vintage & weekend casual

Posted by Atte Rytkönen on 21.3.2016 in General

Field jacket, roll neck sweater and denim jeans. In terms of casual style this is one of my favorite and most widely used combinations. Most of times this attire includes the classic M65 field jacket. But today I am taking a look at something else. A while ago I found from a second hand store a vintage M59 field jacket by Swedish Army. And it happened to be right my size. So I decided to invest 7 euros to that jacket and see if I could pull it off.

M59 field jacket with roll neck sweater

M59 field jacket by Swedish Army

First a few words about the jacket featured here. The coat is a vintage piece that was originally made for the Swedish army. The model is called M59 field jacket. The jacket has no lining and is very lightweight in terms of construction. One of those little and noteworthy details is the way the sleeves of the jacket are attached. Especially pay attention to the seams and details of the shoulder. In a way they look like softly tailored Neapolitan jacket shoulders. This little details highlights the casual character of the jacket. And in a way it mix Scandic military and Italian aesthetics.

The jacket is closed with buttons featuring three crowns which is the logo of Swedish army. Two lowest button are done so that they can be buttoned from the inside. So if you close them these buttons are not visible. The jacket buttons are original but as they are plastic and pale gray I will probably change them to buttons with higher quality and other color. Probably I will go with dark brown or blue that will better match the color of the jacket. In terms of pockets there are two snap pockets in front. In addition the jacket has two buttoned pockets on the back. This detail was actually on the of the reasons I finally ended up buying the jacket.

M59 field jacket - military green, light beige and blue M59 field jacket - back pockets

Field jacket with denim – casual weekend wear

Field jacket with denim jeans and roll neck sweater is something I tend to wear quite often. Actually I think this is one of the best outfits a man can wear for a casual weekend day. One of the best features is that it is in fact casual. But it is also very easily editable. For example here I was wearing a navy blue wool blazer underneath the m59 field jacket. By just undressing my jacket I would be ready for a lunch or dinner. Or even to attend occasions with “smart casual” dress code.

Sometimes one can make very good and reasonable finds from second hand stores. You just need keep your eyes open. And be patient. And if you are looking for old military garments, there are multiple shops for that online. For example this jacket can be found for under 10 euros from many different web shops. But it is good to keep in mind that there are also risks. First of all measurements of garments can vary widely. Secondly the smell of the jacket that has been used and kept in stock for years can sometimes be very unpleasant. But sometimes you get lucky. Like I did with this particular jacket.

M59 field jacket - How to wear it with denim and sneakers
M59 field jacket, Finealta denim, Mismo tote bag and Superga sneakers.
M59 field jacket - details and textures
Textures and details.
M59 field jacket - accessories by DressLikeA
DLA x Arte bracelet with some other old leather bracelets.

  • Jarmo

    Very nice! Did you have any alterations made or is the jacket as it was originally made? How’s the sizing on your jacket? True to size?

    • dresslikea

      Thanks Jarmo! In fact I did not have any alterations made which is quite rare for me! The size of the jacket is 46C where I believe the C means that it is “normal” size. and B would be narrower fit. Or that’s what I have read from some web shops selling these kind of jackets. In terms of sizing I’d say that is quite TTS but as the sleeves are just fine for me like that they might be too short for taller guys. No matter what jacket or coat, usually I need to shorten the sleeves. But not here. So the C in the size mark might also refer to “short” but not unfortunately I’m not sure about that. Hope this helps.


      • Jarmo

        Yes, that was a big help. Thanks!

      • disqus_4XnSEUL4v4

        Very nice post 🙂 I’m planning to buy this M59 too and eyeing on C46 as well and wanna ask about size. My height is 175 cm. My chest, measuring snug but not so tight, is 99 cm. (39 inch) and normally wear the jacket that has 17.5 inch shoulder (measure seam to seam). Is C46 gonna be good for me? Thanks!

  • JP

    Cool! Where did you buy this from? And which other shops for military style clothes (like this M69 or M65) would you recommend in Helsinki?

    • dresslikea

      Hey JP,
      I happened to find this particular jacket from Fida at Tehtaankatu. Which they actually closed just recently. But there was only this one piece hanging on the rack. But in general if you want to find original military clothing the best place is probably Varusteleka (https://www.varusteleka.fi/fi/). They have a store near Pitäjänmäki in addition to the web store. Then there are of course multiple thrift stores such as UFF and Fida which usually have some individual pieces and if you happen to get lucky you might find something.


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