There is nothing like a man in uniform. And yes, that’s coming from a woman who works in menswear, and is still drawn to a gent in powerful shades of khaki. Dressing to your inner-warrior is now easier than ever with the myriad of designers bringing in their own staple items to enhance their base collections. The traditionally macho pattern was all over the menswear catwalks these last two years with Dries van Noten, Kenzo, APC, Valentino and Comme des Garçons each offering a different take on the cult design.
We all know that Military wear and Camouflage has been around for eons and is still, to this day represented in powerful shades of army khaki and grays. What once was an invisibility device is now designed to get you noticed. How ironic.
I thoroughly recommend that you invest in at least one piece of military attire as your style power Staple! Cargo pants and utilitarian jackets are promoted from the ranks in sumptuous leather and blends, while coats are pure officer class. As you know, the devil is in the detail, the more medallions, buttons and buckles you have as important features will take this look to its corporal heights.
Despite its critics camo has soldiered on. Having fought the good fight it has established itself as a major force in menswear and should be considered as a “new neutral”.
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From the longstanding elegance of Valentino to the on trend high street players like TOPMAN and ASOS the great thing about this print is that it is so versatile. Whether you go for the vintage vibe, are a street-wear obsessive or a prepster, camouflage will effortlessly slot into your wardrobe. But remember one rule. Only wear one piece of camo at a time.
Lou Dalton, Mark McNairy and Valentino were the print’s biggest advocates applying traditional khaki-brown variants to shirts, trousers and outerwear respectively. Brands from high-end to high street are championing camouflage with strong showings from H.E. by Mango, Penfield, Scotch & Soda and Nike.
WHERE TO START?
If you’ve not yet experience the complements from the opposite sex when you wear a piece of Camo, then I suggest you start at the point where women, who are starting to like your well educated dialogue, will look to see if you’re the real deal. The shoes. Opting for printed footwear is a sure way to freshen up your current looks, not to mention the conversation. So long as you keep the rest of your ensemble stripped-back and simple, you can’t go wrong.
If opting for a camouflage jacket, team it with a black or white tee for a blatant contrast or a softer colour for a quieter effect. If you just want a flash of camo, why not choose a pair of sunnies covered with the print? Or how about a pair of camouflage socks or shoes? Just try not to over do it – remember you aren’t actually a marine!