Biggs and Wedges make several appearances in the Final Fantasy series. And in each appearance, their uniforms/clothing matches the overall design of the world. In Final Fantasy VI, they were imperial soldiers for the Gestahlian army and wore the standard brown armor. In Final Fantasy VIII, they are Galbadian soldiers wearing standard G-soldier; blue for the basic uniform, and red for the high ranking officer.
For most of their appearances, Biggs and Wedge are soldiers. Final Fantasy XV is no different, except for their names: Biggs Callux and Wedge Kincaid. They have last names, as this is a Final Fantasy based on reality. However, unlike the other imperial soldiers, they’re uniforms are more peculiar. Or rather, outlandish.
So then, Final Fantasy XV is a fantasy based on reality. Is this what Biggs and Wedge would choose to wear?
This might be fine if you’re role-playing as German soldiers for a historical re-enactment. However, this isn’t what Biggs and Wedges are doing. They’re actual soldiers in the Nifleheim army.
Sure, the Nifleheim army is evil and may have a real-life counterpoint in Nazi German. But why are Biggs and Wedge out of standard uniform? None of the other soldiers dresses this way. So then, is this merely their preference? Why do they prefer to dress as German soldiers from the World Wars?
This isn’t a coincidence: Wedges “wears a black trench coat with red and gray details and has gray gloves and wears a peaked hood”. Biggs “wears a long white military trench coat with red details and a black peaked cap with a golden insignia on the front”. This corresponds to both World War I and II German uniforms. The latter may be worst, considering the history.
Yet this is Eos, and it’s not the real world, perhaps they don’t know the connotations. But we do. And if Final Fantasy XV is based on reality, we know to which reality their uniforms correspond.
What makes Biggs’ and Wedge’s choice of clothing a fashion faux-pas isn’t the design this time. It’s the absolute bad taste. Shouldn’t they know NOT to wear something like this in public? Wouldn’t they think something like this would give everyone the wrong impression? At this point, they’re making a fashion statement. In that, they probably don’t care. This may actually correspond to their personal ideologies, which may be just as unsettling as the Nifleheim empire itself.