It is no secret that camouflage is making its way onto the mainstream fashion scene. If you asked me about wearing camouflage about a year ago, I would have told you to save your money for something better. Why? because back then, there was something about camouflage pieces that felt more like halloween costumes. To me, it was only appropriate for soldiers and alike. I hadn't thought too much about the idea until last year, when I met a friend who wore it most of the time. At first, I did not get it. I mean, why would anyone want to look like they are always on a hunt? But as time went by, the way this friend of mine wore it in various casual ways began to amaze me for the good. That was when I started to entertain the idea of camouflage in my everyday life. All of a sudden, style influencers like Nick Wooster started to take part in the trend by styling camouflage in original and innovative ways and that was when I knew I had to experiment with the trend at least once. In doing that, I found out that camouflage pieces are not that difficult to style if you pay close attention to its detail whether it's a shirt, a tie, or a pair of shoes. With that being said, I am very new to the camouflage department and to avoid looking like the new face of deployment, I decided to play it safe hence the styling of my clothes revolving around the color palette of my shirt. I wanted to highlight the shades of green, brown and black. It is fall after all and these are the typical essential colors.
If you are looking for ways to incorporate camouflage into your personal style, remember these tips.
1. Do not mix camouflage prints. It can be a little tempting when it comes to the subject of wanting to stand out by emphasizing originality but from what I have observed, it is better to wear one print to avoid the risk of looking unintelligible and disorganized.
2. Make use of accessories. When some people think of camouflage in fashion, their first instinct is clothing. Shirts, blazers, etc. Sometimes, the little things like wrist watches, ties and glasses are just what you need to take your outfit to the next level of sophistication.
3. Experiment! Experimenting with prints and patterns is a part of growing and expanding your horizons. There are lots of flamboyant camouflage pieces in various colors as well as there are soft and quiet ones. Whatever you do, do your best to keep it simple. I suggest focusing on one camouflage pattern per outfit. Camouflage is a heavy statement piece so keeping all its supporting pieces neutral and plain is the way to go.
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Photography by Yinka Soda
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