Over the past few seasons camo has been working its way from army fatigues to high fashion, popping up in many high-end designer collections. Although anyone can partake in this camouflage trend, not everyone knows how to wear this print properly. Unless you're actually in the army you should avoid wearing the print from head to toe and looking like you just walked off the barracks. To make sure you avoid insulting the armed forces and everyone else who has to look at you, check out this guide on how to incorporate the camo print into your outfit in a stylish and modern way.
We've been seeing the camo trend throughout designer collections for the past few seasons. Most recently, the camo trend was seen in the Givenchy Men's Resort 2013 collection, in which Ricardo Tisci's prints were inspired by traditional military duds. Also seen in the Valentino Men's Spring/Summer 2013 show, camo showed up in the form of bomber jackets, coats, and bags. Below are a few great peices to ease camouflage into your wardrobe--keep it simple, a little bit of this trend goes a long way.
A hint of camo in the form of a stylish shoe is a great way to incorporate the trend into any look. Just make sure the rest of your outfit is simple and not too busy. You don't want to wear a floral printed shirt with a pair of camo slippers. The Stubbs & Wootton camouflage-print velvet slippers are a great way to rock this trend and you can't get any more comfortable than a pair of slippers. If slippers aren't your thing you can always try out the camo chukka from Barneys CO-OP.
Stubbs & Wootton Camouflage Print Velvet Slippers, $450; available at mrporter.com
Barneys CO-OP Camo Chukka, $185; available at barneys.com
Murses, also known as man bags, are a must-have accessory for every stylish guy. And, surprise, they're also a great way to incorporate the camo trend. A camo bag--whether it's a messenger, carryall, or even a backpack--gives any look a more edgy, modern feel. The Billykirk camo carryall, available exclusively at Opening Ceremony, is a great bag for any guy. The camo print makes the bag on-trend while its size makes it perfect to carry all of your everyday gear. If you're more traditional you can always go with the Prada Camouflage Printed Backpack which is a bit more subdued in a grey/black color combination.
Camo printed pants are a tricky territory because if you choose the wrong fit it will look like you're wearing army fatigues. The key is to choose a pair of slim fitting pants, without any pockets on the side. (Stay away from cargo!) Unless you're going for a rugged, outdoorsy look you should avoid pairing your camo printed pants with any type of combat boot as this will reinforce the army stereotype.
Beams Plus Camouflage-Print Tapered Cotton Trousers, $240; available at mrporter.com