Off the battlefield, military influences have long been intertwined with fashion trends. Just take a look at trench coats, aviator sunglasses or combat boots for instance. Each garment was designed with purpose to outfit soldiers on the front lines and have since become staples in the wardrobes of Fashionistas and Fashionistos alike.
Introduced by the French military in 1915 and projected onto the fashion scene years later by Elsa Schiaparelli, the camouflage print has weaved its way in and out of style throughout the decades. This neutral motif exploded back into style on the spring and fall 2013 runways in collections by Valentino and Dries Van Noten. From wardrobe essentials like jackets and trousers to the finishing touches like ties and shoes, camouflage prints easily add a bold update to your look.
This Fashionisto rocks a pair of camouflage cargo pants to effortlessly pull off the trend. He gives the camouflage a sporty feel with a color-block windbreaker and white Jordan sneakers. His layered look expresses personality and is very relevant for fall. An open aztec printed shirt and graphic tee add a nice contrast to the more muted print of the camouflage.
To transition this military motif look into your own wardrobe, stick to a mostly neutral color palette and layer up. Try a pair of camouflage pants with a denim chambray shirt and an outdoor coat for a simple take on the trend. For a bolder look, go for a camouflage print shirt layered under a black jacket.
Worn with confidence, this military inspired print will make a stylish statement this season no matter how you spin it.