Interesting. I can see now why my friend would have mistaken it for workwear, not cause of the material, but the style. Honestly, I never would have guessed this was a military style. Usually, when I think military jacket, I think of something either along the lines of a marine's dress blues or like the jackets they wore in the Korean war.
I uh, hope you don't take this the wrong way. Now I wanna alter it. Maybe take off the pockets and take it in at the waist a bit. The military look, isn't for me, philosophically speaking.