I have this army coat I picked up from the thrift stores that looked so new, I thought it practically was. Then I checked the stock number and discovered it's older than I am! Apparently this green wool gabardine coat was made in 1973; given how useful a wool coat would have been in Vietnam, a lot of them wound up going right into storage. Add to that that these coats were made to last and it really does look good for an old coat.
I decided to do some alterations. Nothing that would ruin the coat itself. I had once thought about changing out the buttons, but not now. Instead, I took a pin and earring set and made decorations. I sewed together some felt epaulets, decorating them with the two intricate silvery guitar ear rings (after I removed the backs), added some nice gear-themed chain, and put the pin on the lapel. Voila. The epaulets can be removed, and the pin, so if I want to I can make others to swap out for many different looks!
3-17-13 UPDATE: I've added a couple of elements, as you can see here. Epaulets for the straps on the arms plus a patch, which is still completely removable, held on only by the pin. Also, these go really well with my black music man jeans ( windthin.deviantart.com/art/Bl…
11-18-13 UPDATE: The thread holding the two guitars onto the epaulets was getting worrisomely loose, so I pulled it out and replaced it with wire wrapped around a pair of brads. I also added a wire frame to the patch and wired it into place, as I've had problems with it coming off.