Camouflage comes in and out of fashion on a regular basis – and while it can skew towards trashy, there definitely are ways to make these military-inspired prints look utterly glamorous.
There are essentially two key options for wearing camouflage in a modern and stylish way. The first one is to keep the color variations in the print relatively subtle and in muted shades; the second is to choose color combos that are different from the traditional greens, browns and tans. Deep reds, blues and black and white mixes can all look fantastic.
Keep It Neutral: One of the easiest ways to dip a toe into the camouflage waters is with a deep black and gray top, like this silky Equipment Keira Camouflage blouse. Perfectly paired with statement earrings and dark blue, gray, or black skinny jeans (or red if you’re feeling daring), it can also be toned down with a black blazer.
Minimal Touches: For a smaller hint of camo, try a pair of sunglasses like these deep green Hamilton square frames. A unique patterned alternative to typical styles, camouflage shades are a bit more downtown cool than classic sunglasses prints like tortoiseshell.
Pretty in Pink: This scarf from J.C. Penney shows the girly side of camouflage – and it’s a relatively cheap thrill for those who are still a bit iffy on this trend. It would work wonderfully with an ivory or charcoal top or jacket.
Vintage Hollywood Diva: On the other hand, this black, gray, and white camo-print vintage-styled bikini by Brigitte proves once and for all that this print doesn’t need to be restricted to more rugged pieces. Elegant and flattering, this is one knockout swimsuit – all you need is a pair of bejeweled sandals and perhaps a fabulous black sunhat.
Valentino Does Camouflage: If anyone can make camo chic, it is Valentino. This bag is an investment for sure, but the print is incredibly unique and the ideal blend of devil-may-care cool and couture.
Overall, when it comes to fashionable camo, it is best to keep in mind that less is generally more, and to keep it the focus of any ensemble. Last but not least, it should go without saying that its best to avoid pairing camouflage with neon hunter orange!
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