I’m gonna get right out there and say it. I am not a big fan of camouflage in men’s fashion, no matter how it is worn. I understand how it has select applications, such as hunting, utility wear, military work, etc. However, I do not think it should be a staple in everyday menswear. If you have no need to hide in the jungle, your green and black tiger stripes do nothing more than clash. However, it is currently on the rise again, so I thought it was worth talking about.
I am going to be as unbiased as I can, simply making an effort to lay down some rules about wearing camouflage. This shouldn’t be too painful…
- Limit yourself to one camouflage item with each outfit you wear. As far as I am concerned, there is no need to wear multiple items of camouflage, unless you are using it for its designed purpose. If you walk into a bar wearing three pieces of camouflaged clothing, you look like you walked off of the set of Duck Dynasty. Unless you are a member of the Robertson clan, that is not the look for you.
- Keep it subdued…or bold. My point here is that you need to be at one of the extremes with this camo print item. There is no point in wearing a “plain” camouflage (ala US military Woodland Pattern). That is not going to make the statement you are trying to make, that simply states that you like surplus stores. Either go with something subdued, like a greyscale camo, or something really sharp, like contrasting blue and orange camo.
- Don’t wear camouflage with dress clothing. Again, this just makes you look like an oddball. A camo parka over a suit says that you’re a man who cannot get past his childhood. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Small items, such as socks, ties, and pockets squares can totally be camouflage. That has quite the opposite effect, as it is subtle, yet fun. Quite the smooth man.
- Match it with solid colored clothing. Camo is very bold on its own, so don’t wear an other patterns. You want to catch people’s eyes, not send them into epileptic seizures. A solid color, especially one that matches the camouflage, is a good background for your garb. However, avoid olive green and dark earth colored clothes. This has a very surplus store feel to it when worn with camo.
There you go folks, I tried (and in my opinion succeeded) at writing some basic rules to wearing camouflage. If you disagree or wish to voice your thoughts, post a comment below.